Albany native’s composition to be performed at Biden Inauguration

Adolphus Hailstork (Inset); Preparation for Wednesday's inauguration (Background) Credit: Provided and AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Adolphus Hailstork (Inset); Preparation for Wednesday's inauguration (Background) Credit: Provided and AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

While all eyes are on President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as they are sworn in during Inauguration Day Wednesday, locals should keep their ears open to hear the work of a celebrated Albany native.

Adolphus Hailstork, a 1959 Albany High School graduate, emeritus professor of music theory and composition at Old Dominion University and world-renowned composer, will have his work featured in Washington, D.C., before Biden is officially sworn in. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will share a special performance of Hailstork’s composition, “Fanfare On Amazing Grace,” during Wednesday’s pre-ceremony.

The historic performance will mark the second time that a contemporary African American composer’s music has been selected to be part of the repertoire performed at a presidential inauguration.

Anne Bowman, fellow 1959 Albany High alum, has been a close friend of Hailstork’s since high school and performed with him in the school choir and orchestra.

“It’s like having a brother that you’re so proud of,” Bowman said.

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