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SYMPOSIUM! The BLACK
COMPOSER in CLASSICAL MUSIC: Talent to be
Known. An important information/ discussion forum
focused on the Black composer to provide improved knowledge
that, hopefully, leads to increased performance considerations. There
will be a select panel comprised of composers, musicians and conductors
who have pertinent perspectives and knowledge. Research and information
be available and provided. A special honor/award is planned for composer George Walker.
Scheduled for the coming Sunday, October 30, 2011, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Philadelphia's Central Free Library Auditorium (along the Parkway on
Vine Street). This event is free and
all. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship: Department of
African American Studies @Temple University; Department of Music and
Fleisher Music Collection @the Free Library of Philadelphia
SPECIAL CONCERT: Black Composers with Dr.
Jay Fluellen and music friends. Sunday, October 2nd @ 3:00 p.m. @Philadelphia's
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Avenue. Contact (215) 473-3065. ( Location link
SOLOIST: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely
Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez: a beautifully
written and poignant true story of the bond between a journalist and a
homeless, classically trained musician. Film (2009) to star Jamie Foxx
and Robert Downey Jr.
When Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing
his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he found
it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years earlier, Ayers had
been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard -ambitious,
charming, and also one of the few African-Americans- until he gradually
lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. When Lopez finds
him, Ayers is homeless, paranoid, and deeply troubled, but glimmers of
that brilliance are still there. The Soloist is a story of
friendship and the redeeming power of music.
HONOR! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy.
Curated by Jessye
Norman and presented by Carnegie Hall..Includes George Walker (composer), Imani Winds (wind quintet), Eric Owens (bass-baritone), and others. details
AWARD NEWS - Conductor John McLaughlin Williams
with violinist Elmar Oliveira were
nominated in the category Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with
Be a financial contributor to the Imani Winds Legacy Commissioning Project - a special
initiative to commission and to perform ten new works composed by
African- and Cuban-heritage composers for wind quintet. This initiative
follows a decade of successful performance. details →
Oxford University Press announces the release of
a choral collection, Songs of Africa,
compiled and edited by Fred Onovwerosuoke. Transcriptions and
choral arrangements encompass a wide spectrum of Africa’s regions and
cultural practices including Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Benin Republic, South
Africa, Namibia, and Gambia.
Special exhibit: Francis Johnson; music
master and composer of early Philadelphia at the University of
Pennsylvania Library - through fall 2009. details →
The Sphinx Organization announces an
initiative aimed at bringing more music by Black and Latino composers to
the concert hall. The Sphinx Commissioning Consortium (SCC) will
partner with thirteen major U.S. orchestras.
of the SISTERHOOD by Gregory Walker. A musical glimpse
of black women composers: Dorothy Rudd Moore, Valerie Capers, and Jeraldine Herbison.
December 2007 issue of Chamber Music magazine.
An historic Bridge CD
(9233) has been released. It is the re-mastered 1940 concert of
soprano Dorothy Maynor.
Her transcendent voice was described as a treasure by many, including
Eugene Ormandy - the Philadelphia Orchestra's music director.
SOWETO STRINGS newsletter. Founded in the 1990s
in South Africa. Students range in age from five to
twenty-four. details →
BURLEIGH HERITAGE and LEGACY WEEKEND - 5th Annual. Special
program to honor Mr. Burleigh's heritage and music legacy. Composers
include: Julius Williams, Dwight Andrews, Roland Carter, Janice Mitchell-Misurell, and Nkeiru Okoye. details →
AWARD NEWS - Conductor John McLaughlin Williams
won for the recording of Oiseaux
Exotique (Exotic Birds), by Olivier Messiaen, with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and
soloist Angelin Chang, piano.
Last year, Imani
Winds received a nomination for their CD, Classical
Underground details →
LISTENING GUIDE -
Black History Classical Awareness ( document )
ONLINE BROADCASTS, PODCASTS, etc. -
In addition to CDs, there are new modes of music listening
opportunities. Selected online options have been identified and are
now available. details →
BLACK COMPOSER and SYMPHONIC
ORCHESTRA REPERTOIRE - a special report analyzes their
inclusion in orchestra concerts from 1842-1970 and 2001-2006.
Composer name, composition, year and the orchestra are included. PDF report →
EXHIBIT and BROADCAST
- 'Picturing the Banjo': A visual representation of the banjo from
the era of slavery through contemporary times. Images track the arrival
of an instrument that came from Africa with the slaves. At the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Washington, D.C. and on National Public Radio.
INTERESTING NEW BOOKS
- The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,
by Alex Ross. An intriguing, one-hundred year overview of
"classical music" within prevailing historical, cultural,
political, and aesthetic currents. Minimizes the use of traditional
labels and categories. Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007
- I Dream a World: The Operas of William Grant Still, by Beverly Soll, is the
first book on Still's eight operas. Publisher: University
of Arkansas Press, 2005.
An African Pianism: Keyboard Music of Africa and the Diaspora,
edited by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin
and Akin Euba. Volume One - Essays.
Volume Two - Music Scores and CDs. Publisher: MRI Press 2005