With God's Trombones, Harris has realized a longstanding dream - to create a music- theatre work that reinterprets and reinvigorates James Weldon Johnson's 1927 classic collection of poems based on the inspirational sermons of Negro preachers. Johnson was one of the giants of African-American cultural history and his book pays poetic tribute to a unique African-American cultural tradition. Harris' musical extravaganza features a jubilant trombone choir, vocalists and musicians and an explosive score that captures the rhythm and cadence of Johnson's poems.
Support for Craig Harris' God's Trombones is provided by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Support for the development of this project provided by MASS MOCA. God's Trombones, by James Weldon Johnson, is used with permission from the James Weldon Johnson Estate.