Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sergio A. Mims: Lyric Opera of Chicago: Lawrence Brownlee & Eric Owens In Recital Featuring Pianist Craig Terry Sunday, April 9 at 3PM Civic Opera House

Lawrence Brownlee
(Lyric Opera)
Eric Owens
(Lyric Opera) 

Sergio A. Mims forwards this release from Lyric Opera of Chicago:

Two of today's most sought-after vocalists and Lyric favorites come together for an afternoon of unforgettable music-making.  Eric Owens, called an "American marvel" by the Chicago Sun-Times, stars as Wotan in Lyric's new Ring cycle.

Hailed by the Associated Press as "one of the world's leading bel canto tenors," Lawrence Brownlee debuted at Lyric to great acclaim in Cinderella and returns for Charlie Parker's Yardbird this season.

Schomburg Center: Lapidus Center Presents: Slavery and Globalization in Arabia: Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM

Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in the Age of Empire
Matthew S. Hopper

Schomburg Center

Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM

Matthew S. Hopper’s Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire, a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize, explores the history of the African diaspora in Arabia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book links the personal stories of Africans to the impersonal global commodity chains their labor enabled, demonstrating how the growing demand for workers created by a global demand—including from the United States—for Persian Gulf products led to the enslavement of Africans in eastern Arabia.

Hopper, Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, will be in conversation with Eve M. Troutt Powell, C. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement from Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Empire.

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Lapidus Center Presents is brought to you by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

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The Schomburg Center is excited to partner on the new “One Book, One New York” initiative, for which residents read "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Wednesday,  April 5 at 6:30 PM

The Schomburg Center is excited to partner with the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment on the new “One Book, One New York” initiative, for which residents of all five boroughs are encouraged to read the selected book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (available in the Schomburg Center collection and for purchase at the Schomburg Shop).

“One Book, One New York” is the largest community read in the nation, and the city’s first ever reading program for which New York City bookworms can read the same book at the same time, while supporting the publishing industry, local bookstore and libraries.

Michaela Angela Davis (image activist, writer, and creator of MADFREE: Liberating Conversations About Image Beauty and Power), Larry Ossei-Mensah (Ghanaian-American independent curator/cultural critic and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR), Lizz Winstead (comedian, radio and television personality, blogger, and former head writer of "The Daily Show"), and Bayeté Ross Smith  (noted photographer, multimedia artist and filmmaker) will discuss the themes in Americanah in the context of current events. 

Touré (writer, cultural critic, and host of the new television show "BingeWorthy" and new podcasts, "Love City" and "The Touré Show" will moderate this conversation.

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Ritz Chamber Players: Please join us for Our 3rd Annual Hat Luncheon Saturday, April 1, 2017 11:30 AM Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club, Jacksonville, FL

Atlanta Black Star: Orchestra Noir Conductor Puts Black Kids First: ‘You Have Classical Music As a Career Choice’

Jason Ikeem Rodgers
(Max Eremine)

March 27, 2017

Orchestra Noir is likely the kind of ensemble you’ve never seen or heard before.
Conducted by lifelong classical musician Jason Ikeem Rodgers, the all-Black orchestra will shake up the music scene with “Night at the Symphony” Friday, March 31, at Atlanta’s Center Stage Theater with a can’t-miss performance that fuses classical and popular music.

The maestro, who has appeared with various orchestras in his hometown of Philadelphia and guest conducted with Italy’s Orchestra Di Toscana Classica, said he wanted to change the way audiences experience classical music by “bringing the bar to the concert hall.” Orchestra Noir will transform the typical vibe of a classical music performance with the help of nine-time Grammy award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox.

“This has probably never been done before. We’re going to give people what they’re used to — DJ and party — but we’re going to incorporate the orchestra in a very unique way,” Rodgers said coyly before revealing the show will be a battle between Cox and Orchestra Noir. Cox will spin pop, hip-hop and R&B songs as the DJ, while Orchestra Noir will play pop tunes to see who can get the most audience members grooving.

“I want to have people standing up and dancing, I want them next to their chairs. We’re celebratory people,” Rodgers said of the Black community. “We like to dance, we like to move. I want to incorporate that side of Blackness into the classical music spectrum … so people can say, ‘Yes, I heard some Mozart and I heard some opera, but, girl, I was on my feet dancing when they started playing some Usher!'”

Growing up, Rodgers did not have many Black orchestra conductors or musicians to look up to and said he “got used to that concept.”



Michael Morgan Conducts Oakland Symphony in Dvořák's "New World Symphony" Friday, March 31, 7PM Doors, Concert at 8PM at the Paramount

Michael Morgan

Hope Briggs

Oakland Symphony

Michael Morgan, Music Director

Event Details:
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 8 pm


GABRIELA LENA FRANK Concertino Cusqueño
This performance is supported by a generous grant from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy

Hope Briggs, soprano
Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
Amitai Pati, tenor
Anthony Reed
, bass
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Saint Mary’s College Chamber Singers & Glee Club

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
                                  (From the New World) The Bickford Theatre to Mark 100th Anniversary of Scott Joplin's Death; Concert Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Richard Dowling

Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is profiled at, which features a Bibliography and comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Broadway World

March 28, 2017

Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, died 100 years ago on April 1st and the Bickford Theatre pays homage to his memory with critically-acclaimed pianists Jeff Barnhart and Richard Dowling on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Although he died penniless, Joplin is credited with setting the standard for ragtime compositions and his hit, "Maple Leaf Rag," revolutionized American music. As a pioneer composer and performer, he helped pave the way for young black artists to reach a broad audience both white and black. But after his death in 1917, his popularity gave way to other forms of jazz and he was mostly forgotten until the sixties when Joshua Rifkin led the way to a Joplin revival. Then in 1973, the popularity of the movie The Sting catapulted the Joplin composition "The Entertainer" to the top of the charts and earned an Oscar for Marvin Hamlisch for Best Original Song, even though Hamlisch took the song directly from Scott Joplin. Scott Joplin has now received the credit he deserves with an induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, a special Pulitzer Prize, his own postage stamp, and a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
On Saturday, April 1, Carnegie Hall will commemorate the 100th anniversary by presenting Richard Dowling in concert with the first public appearance in history of The Complete Piano works of Scott Joplin. Dowling appears regularly across the country in solo recitals, chamber music programs and as a guest soloist with orchestras. His recordings include works by George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Camille Saint-Saens, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Scott Joplin.
Dowling will be joined by his fellow pianist Jeff Barnhart, considered by critics to be the premier stride pianist performing today.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NAACP Mourns The Loss Of Civil Rights Activist, Historian & Former CRISIS MAGAZINE Publisher Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins
(University of Michigan Law School)

BALTIMORE – The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the passing of Roger Wilkins.

The NAACP mourns the loss of civil rights defender Roger Wilkins.
The nephew of long time NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins and former publisher of The Crisis Magazine, Roger Wilkins served in several high-profiled positions in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, including Assistant Attorney General.
“Roger was a very important member of the NAACP family and multigenerational in his impact on the continued struggle for civil and human rights, he will be missed” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell.
Born into segregation, early on Roger Wilkins felt it was his duty to help shift the dynamics for communities of color. He was truly a leader and a man of servitude. Wilkins knew what it took to craft Pulitzer-Prize winning editorials that informed and enlightened the minds of many.
A well-respected intellectual, Wilkins served as intern for former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Director, Thurgood Marshall, Jr. the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who became a mentor for him.
“The passing of Roger Wilkins represents an incredible loss. His elegant words and the eloquence of his example in journalism, government, the academy and public service will be long remembered. He leaves behind a Renaissance body of work in civil rights. He was a self-described ‘blue chip black’ whose efforts over many decades made life better for Americans from all walks of life,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. ”said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.
Wilkins later became one of the first African-American editorial board members for The Washington Post and New York Times. No, stranger to barriers, Wilkins gracefully overcame any obstacles in his path. The former chairman and publisher of The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc., which publishes The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, Wilkins also served as the Clarence J. Robinson professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University in Virginia.
The NAACP salutes and honors Roger Wilkins for a life well lived.



John Malveaux: Trial to determine race identify by degree of WHITENESS

What Blood Won't Tell:
A History Of Race On 
Trial in America
Ariela J. Gross
Harvard University Press (2010)

John Malveaux of

Trial to determine race identify by degree of WHITENESS