Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Brandon Keith Brown is Reengaged to perform works by Mendelssohn, CPE Bach and Mozart with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester-Berlin Sat. 7 May 2016, 7 PM

Brandon Keith Brown

Deutsch Historisches Museum: Schlüterhof
Berlin, Germany
Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 7:00 PM

Reengaged to perform works by Mendelssohn, CPE Bach and Mozart.

Presenter: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 8
Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Brandon Keith Brown

Bach: Concerto for Cello no 3 in A major, Wq 172/H 439
Artist: Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (Cello)
Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Brandon Keith Brown

Mozart: Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Brandon Keith Brown

Atlanta Black Star: Black & Gifted: Brilliant Self-Taught Pianist with Only 4 Fingers Debuts at Carnegie Hall


Atlanta Black Star

May 2, 2016

Posted by Ricky Riley
Apple over the weekend to play at Carnegie Hall.

He tells reporters that he has bonded with the South 
Korean composer and pianist Yiruma over music.

John Malveaux: In 2007, I visited the African American Civil War Museum & Memorial in Washington DC. One of the names on the Wall of Honor is John Malveaux.

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum


John Malveaux
90th United States Colored Infantry

Organization April 4 1864,bfrom 19th Corps de Afrique Infantry.  This name may be located on Wall C Plaque 94 on the Wall of Honor at the African American Civil War Monument.  This monument is located at the intersection of of 10th and U Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

A grateful nation finallty pays tribute to the 209,145 troops who helped save the nation, end slavery and start America on a struggle for freedom that continues today.

Dr. Frank Smith, Founding Director
Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation

For more information about this soldier, please visit our website at www.afroamcivilwar.org.  You may also wish to search the database for your family name.

John Malveaux of 

In 2007, I visited the African American Civil War Museum & Memorial in Washington DC for the first time. The Wall of Honor lists the names of 209,145 United States Colored Troops drawn from the official records of the Bureau of United States Colored Troops at the National Archives, on 166 burnished stainless steel plaques arranged by regiment. One of the names on the Wall of Honor is John Malveaux. Visitors are encouraged to investigate if they are descendants of the USCT. When a match was determined by the county-St. Landry Parish, Louisiana of my ancestors and the enlistment location of the USCT named John Malveaux, the Museum presented me a Certificate as a descent. My oldest daughter, Mia Malveaux Manns, husband, and two grandsons have since visited the Museum. 

See attachment for Certifcate and link below to AA Civil War Museum & Memorial website

Monday, May 2, 2016

Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Wells Fargo Scholarship Deadline May 06, 2016; Apply Online at www.TMCF.org

One-year scholarship of $7,000

The Wells Fargo Scholarship is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA students attending one of the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Selected scholars will receive a one-year merit scholarship of $7,000 for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has scholarship opportunities available for students attending publicly supported HBCUs. There are two unique scholarships to address the financial needs of students attending our HBCUs that are Thurgood Marshall College Fund member-schools. The awards process is highly competitive and the awards are given to outstanding and qualified students who plan to earn a baccalaureate, graduate or law degree from an accredited college or university. Thurgood Marshall College Fund awards nearly 500 scholarships a year to high-achieving students.

If you know of any qualified students that meet the requirements of Thurgood Marshall College Fund, please share this email. 

Quinton Morris: May 3 is a Community Day of Giving. Please see what we are doing and consider a tax-deductible donation to the Quinton Morris Project.

Schomburg Center & Harlem Chamber Players: Perkinson & Beethoven, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2 PM, Schomburg Center Langston Hughes Auditorium

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Conducting the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble
Photo courtesy of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004)
is featured at AfriClassical.com

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sphinx Announces the Transformative Robert Frederick Smith Prize; Inaugural Winner is Cellist Thomas Mesa, 2016 Senior Division First Place Laureate

Thomas Mesa, Inaugural Winner of Robert Frederick Smith Prize
(Photo: Glenn Triest)

Robert F. Smith

Sphinx recently received a major contribution in support of its work. This generous gift was made by Robert F. Smith, the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners.  His $250,000 commitment follows a history of support for young musicians and establishes the "Robert Frederick Smith Prize," an award that will be bestowed annually upon winners of the Senior Division of the Sphinx Competition.  
"Music is at the core of the African-American and Latino cultural experience, and provides us with a language to inspire, uplift and empower our young people. I partnered with Sphinx to give this prize because Sphinx understands how music transforms lives and through its competition can recognize the very best musicians in the world, " said Smith about the partnership. 

The inaugural Robert Frederick Smith Prize was awarded to cellist Thomas Mesa, 2016 Senior Division first place Laureate of the Sphinx Competition. The Prize will provide $50,000 of support each year to help create on-ramps to careers in the classical music field by providing access to professional development and other vital resources.

"We are most grateful for this generous gift. Robert Smith's vision provides essential support for a key program and is not only an investment in each winner, but also in the field," said Dr. William H. Carson, chair of the Sphinx Organization Board of Directors. 

New York Times: Horace Ward, U.S. Judge Who Triumphed Over Bias, Dies at 88 [he was named Georgia’s first black federal judge in 1979]

New York Times: Judge Horace Ward, center, with Judge Nathaniel Jones, right, at a 2012 ceremony honoring former President Jimmy Carter. Credit David Goldman/Associated Press

The New York Times

Horace Ward was his high school valedictorian, graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta in only three years and earned a master’s degree from Atlanta University. But when he applied to the University of Georgia’s law school in 1951, he was reflexively rejected because of his race, his qualifications notwithstanding.
With the support of Thurgood Marshall and others, Mr. Ward later sued, challenging the university’s policy of racial exclusion. The suit was eventually dismissed as moot — by then he had gone to another law school, outside Georgia — but it laid the groundwork for the university’s desegregation a decade later.
After graduating from Northwestern University’s law school in 1959, he was named Georgia’s first black federal judge in 1979. His swearing-in took place in the same courtroom where his lawsuit seeking admission to the university had been thrown out.
Judge Ward, 88, died on Saturday in Atlanta. His death was confirmed by the University of Georgia, which awarded him an honorary law degree two years ago. Sharon Lane, his former legal assistant, said the cause was heart failure.
The University of Georgia rejected Mr. Ward’s law school application because of the state’s segregation statutes and Constitution, under which all state funding would have been withheld from a white school if a black student were admitted. The governor at the time, Herman E. Talmadge, supported the decision.
During the trial of his lawsuit, Mr. Ward was represented principally by Constance Baker Motley, who was later elected Manhattan borough president and in 1966 became the first black woman to serve as a federal judge. The suit was ultimately dismissed in 1957 on the grounds that Mr. Ward, by then enrolled at Northwestern, lacked standing.
After he became a lawyer, Mr. Ward joined another legal challenge in which Ms. Motley and another civil rights lawyer, Donald Hollowell, argued successfully in federal court that the university’s refusal to admit black students was unconstitutional. (Among Mr. Ward’s co-counsels was Vernon Jordan, who became a leading civil rights figure and prominent Washington lawyer.)
In a 1961 decision that prompted protests by brick-hurling white students, Judge William A. Bootle ordered the university to admit its first black students, Charlayne Hunter (later Hunter-Gault) and Hamilton Holmes. Ms. Hunter-Gault became a journalist for NPR, PBS and The New York Times; Mr. Holmes a doctor and associate dean at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Ms. Hunter-Gault described Judge Ward as a “freedom fighter.”
“Even after he was denied” admission, she said, “he had his justice after all.”

Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute: The Music of H. Leslie Adams in "A May Bouquet" Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Noon - 1 PM, NA5-15, Ed. Bldg. next to Lerner Research

Chicago Sinfonietta: "Cosmic Convergence" honors Dr. José Francisco Salgado with World Premiere of "Victory Road" by Michael Abels & "Júbilo" of Roberto Sierra

 Michael Abels

Roberto Sierra

Multi-media concert features classical works set to breathtaking films including
a World Premiere and Chicago Premiere by Dr. Salgado
plus the World Premiere of Michael Abels’ “Victory Road” written for founder Paul Freeman
Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, May 21
Symphony Center, Chicago, May 23

CHICAGO – Chicago Sinfonietta concludes its 2015-2016 Season with Cosmic Convergence, a special multi-media concert honoring a decade of collaboration with Chicago-based, KV 265 Emmy-nominated astronomer and visual artist Dr. José Francisco Salgado including encore performance of their “greatest hits” plus the World Premiere and Chicago Premiere of two films by Dr. Salgado. The Sinfonietta performs Cosmic Convergence twice: first, in the western suburbs at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, Naperville, Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm, and then again in its downtown Chicago home venue of Symphony Center, Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm.

Ten years ago, Chicago Sinfonietta first collaborated with Dr. Salgado and the Adler Planetarium with the debut performance of what soon became an award-winning suite of seven short films set to Gustav Holst’s most famous work, The Planets. As a result of this collaboration, Dr. Salgado co-founded KV 265, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science through music. Throughout the last decade, this highly acclaimed creative partnership was renewed with performances of works by Mussorgsky and Ravel set to Salgado’s films, opening the Sinfonietta to an even-broader international audience including a multi-media experience performed for over 12,000 people at Millennium Park in 2008. 

To mark this special anniversary, Chicago Sinfonietta presents an encore performance of its “greatest hits” from this partnership while introducing a World Premiere film by Dr. Salgado produced specifically for Hector Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique as well as the Chicago Premiere of Dr. Salgado’s work for John Estacio’s lyrical, contemplative Borealis. The program begins as this partnership did ten years ago with a performance of the Jupiter movement from Holst’s epic work, The Planets. A thunderous performance of Holst’s the Mars movement from the same work will also be featured. The second half of the concert will feature orchestral works including Sierra’s Júbilo, Abels’ Global Warming and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien. Victory Road, a work written by composer Michael Abels to honor the life and legacy of Sinfonietta’s late founder, Maestro Paul Freeman, will also make its World Premiere during these performances and will bring the organization’s Season of Celebration to a fitting conclusion.

Pre-concert and during intermission audience members will be invited to touch, hear, and observe the universe up close and personal with diverse astronomers from across the city including the Naperville Astronomical Association during the Wentz Concert Hall performance and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the Cernan Earth and Space Center, and the Chicago Astronomical Society during the Symphony Center performance.

“Maestro Freeman and Chicago Sinfonietta approached me to produce astronomy visuals for their performances in 2006 of The Planets by Gustav Holst,” recalls Dr. Salgado. “I immediately realized that I could make more than just a pretty slide show. I could produce a film to support the music that would also stand alone as artwork,” he said. “I have long felt creativity was crucial to both art and science, and this was the motivation I needed to start making films combining music with science.”

“We are thrilled to have been the inspiration leading to the creation of KV 265,” said Jim Hirsch, Chicago Sinfonietta’s Executive Director. “It is a testament to the Sinfonietta’s commitment to original and innovative programming. The Chicago Sinfonietta has premiered three of José Francisco’s critically-acclaimed Science & Symphony films which have been an inspiration to thousands of people in Chicago and around the world.”

“The first Science & Symphony production I conducted was the premiere of Moonrise set to Ravel’s lush score of Daphnis and Chloe. It was innovative and beautiful,” said Maestro Chen. “Dr. Salgado’s works always show a great sensitivity and understanding of the music - his incredible films with amazing images and videos, combined with the masterpieces of music, creates very unique artistic experiences our concert audiences are sure to enjoy!"

Title:                 Chicago Sinfonietta presents Cosmic Convergence

Dates:               Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College
Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center

Tickets:            Single tickets range from $18-$60 for concerts at Symphony Center and $48-$60 for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall, with special $10 pricing available for students at both venues. Tickets can be purchased by calling Chicago Sinfonietta at 312.284.1554 or online at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

The PlanetsJupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Borealis featuring Chicago Premiere by Dr. José Francisco Salgado
Mvt. 2, Un bal, from Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 featuring World Premiere by Dr.  José Francisco Salgado
MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel)      
Excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition- Hut on Fowl's Legs and The Great Gate of Kiev
The PlanetsMars, the Bringer of War
Global Warming
Capriccio Italien, op.45    
Victory Road


    Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
    José Francisco Salgado, astronomer & visual artist 

About Chicago Sinfonietta
In its 28th season, Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic and social boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra. Led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen since 2011, each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks, each from a diverse array of voices, to entertain, transform and inspire. Learn more at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to its season sponsors including Nicor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Fairmont Hotel, and Hotel Arista. Chicago Sinfonietta also thanks its concert media sponsors including WXRT, Chicago and Naperville Magazines, and Chicago Reader.

About KV 265
KV 265 is a non-profit organization whose mission is the communication of science through art to communities in the United States and worldwide. It seeks to heighten appreciation and understanding of art, music, science, and technology, and to inspire further exploration of these disciplines among its audience members through multimedia concerts, lectures, and educational workshops. KV 265’s flagship Science & Symphony films have been presented in more than 120 performances and have reached 265,000 people in more than 50 cities in 9 countries worldwide. For more information, visit KV265.org or call 312-565-1028.

KV 265 would like to thank their season sponsors: Exelon Corporation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Reva & David Logan Foundation, and the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation.

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