Sunday, July 15, 2018

Godwin Sadoh's "The Misfortune of a Wise Tortoise" in Squirrel Island, ME 4 PM July 18

Godwin Sadoh

Chase Castle

Martha Mayo

Chase Castle (Organ) and Martha Mayo (Narrator) will perform Godwin Sadoh's Misfortune of a Wise Tortoise (An African Folktale) for Organ and Narrator, at Squirrel Island Chapel, Squirrel Island, Maine, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 4:00 PM.

John Malveaux: Michael Morgan conducted National Take A Stand Orchestra July 14

Michael Morgan

John Malveaux of 

July 14, 2018 culminating concert of the National Take A Stand Festival (10 days) included Michael Morgan conducting the National Take a Stand Symphony Orchestra at Disney Concert Hall. Student musicians were selected nationwide from historically excluded and underserved populations to support social change through music. The El Sistema-inspired program is under the guidance of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Promotional Offer Until July 20 for Scores of Afro-Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer

Leo Brouwer

Offer 2 + 1 FREE

Only until July 20 *, if you add any 3 scores to the shopping cart and add the promotional code summerbrouwer2+1
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Valid only in purchases made of any score between the days 14 and 20 of the month July 2018

Limit of 20 uses, whether it is used by the same client several times or multiple different clients

Songs for Baritone Voice and Piano (Text Countee Cullen) By Julius P. Williams

Julius Penson Williams

Songs for Baritone Voice and Piano (Text Countee Cullen) by Julius Penson Williams are now available from various sheet music providers, including Sheet Music Plus:

Baritone Voice and Piano Accompaniment
Composed by Julius P. Williams. Contemporary Classical. 14 pages. Published by Julius Penson Williams Music (S0.381475).
Item Number: S0.381475
Songs for Baritone Voice and Piano (Text Countee Cullen)
The Fruit of the Flower
The Wise
For A Lady
The Loss of love

The Dream Unfinished: Music of George Walker & Tania León July 27, 7 PM, NYC


Activist Orchestra against America's criminalization of immigrants

July 27, 7:00 PM
Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY - Activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished will present Sanctuary, a festival of music celebrating artists who identify as immigrants or first generation Americans. The festival will culminate in a season finale at Saint Peter’s Church, a member church of New York City’s New Sanctuary Coalition, and feature the music of George Walker, Vijay Iyer, Tania Leon, Kareem Roustom and Huang Ruo. Special guests include Jennifer Koh and Vijay Iyer, and speakers from NYC's immigrant rights community. The event will be hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight.

The headline concert on July 27 is a co-production with new music ensemble Contemporaneous, and features violinist Jennifer Koh and composer Vijay Iyer in The Diamond, a violin/piano duo recently commissioned by Koh, composed by Iyer. The concert will feature guest speakers from NYC's immigrant rights community such as New Sanctuary Coalition’s Ravi Ragbir, Fahd Ahmed from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and members from The Haitian Roundtable. The musical program, conducted by David Bloom, will include New York premieres of works by Vijay Iyer, Kareem Roustom and George Walker, and performances of works by Tania León and Huang Ruo.

Sanctuary is presented by The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra, whose mission is to use classical music to engage audiences in dialogues surrounding social justice. Advance ticket sales start at $25 General Admission, and can be purchased at

For complete event listings and other additional information, please visit or contact Fernanda Douglas at

Friday, July 13, 2018

South African National Youth Orchestra Sat. 14 July 13:00, Sand du Plessis Theatre

We are so excited to have our debut at the Vrystaat Kunstefees at the Sand du Plessis Theatre this Saturday 14 July at 13:00.

The National Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Leon Bosch and we're playing Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, Copland's Rodeo Suite and a new commission by Melissa van der Spuy

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation: Online Directory of Living Black Classical Composers

MBC’s Living Composers Directory includes information about each composer including their name, geographic region, gender, birth year, contact information and website link. Designed to be an ever-expanding work in progress, the directory currently holds the names of 170 living Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The public is invited to notify the project of any composer not currently on this list by emailing Megan E. Hill, Ph.D., Managing Editor for MBC, is an Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan.

“Composers of African descent have created masterful classical music for centuries, yet they continue to be underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education.  This absence silences a rich vein of works from global consciousness and obscures the true face of classical music,” says RBP Foundation President Rachel Barton Pine. “Young musicians seldom have the opportunity to study and perform classical music by Black composers. It’s a struggle for artists and enthusiasts of color to participate in an art form in which they do not appear to belong, perpetuating a lack of diversity on stage and among audiences. This online directory is one of the ways the RBP Foundation is working to spread awareness of and access to music by Black composers,” she adds.

The RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers, in collaboration the Orchestral Music by Black Composers (OMBC) project founded by  scholar-harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson and conductor James Blachly, is working to complete an online database of all composers of African descent, living and deceased. The database will feature information about numerous individual works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, including instrumentation, length, descriptions, difficulty level, where to find the music, links to recordings, and programming suggestions.

In October 2018, MBC will take another monumental step toward showing the world #BlackisClassical, with LudwigMasters’ publication of MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a pedagogical series of books of music exclusively by Black classical composers from around the world. Each orchestral instrument will be the subject of multiple volumes, which will be graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing and will include biographies for every composer, profiles of Black classical music role models, and feature articles about Black participation in classical music past and present. 

Subsequent publications will include works for school orchestra and chamber ensembles. In addition, MBC is also developing a coloring book of the 40 most prominent Black composers throughout history as well as a timeline poster featuring more than 300 Black composers.  

The idea for MBC started with a recording Rachel Barton Pine made for Cedille Records in 1997 titled Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The album contains historic compositions by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-European composers from the Classical and Romantic eras that had been unjustifiably neglected. Soon after its release Pine found herself sitting on diversity panels and fielding questions from students, parents, teachers, and colleagues about where to find more works by Black composers. She quickly discovered that most repertoire by Black composers is out of print or only exists in manuscript. So, in 2001, her not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation committed to the Music by Black Composers (MBC) project.  Over the past two decades, MBC has uncovered 900+ works by more than 300 Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia, from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Pine is an award-winning, chart-topping violinist, who performs with the world's leading orchestras and has recorded 37 acclaimed albums.  Her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe and she has appeared on The Today Show four times, CBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and media outlets around the world. In addition to the MBC project, her RBP Foundation assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, and Global HeartStrings which supports musicians in developing countries.

For more information, please visit,, and

Deeply Rooted Alumni: Where Are They Now? Ray Mercer

Ray Mercer

Ray Mercer, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, is in his 16th year as a member of the Tony Award-winning cast of Disney’s The Lion King. He has simultaneously emerged as one of New York City’s most prolific choreographers. His dynamic, visually striking and thought-provoking choreography has won the Best Onstage Presentation award seven times at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS annual Gypsy of the Year competition, more than any other choreographer. Recipient of The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Color Award and a Capezio Ace Awards finalist, he has created work on Ailey II, Giordano Dance Chicago, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, New Jersey Ballet, Pensacola Ballet and Philadanco, among others, and for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He started his dance training at age 17 at the University of New Orleans. He has performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, as a guest artist with the Boston Ballet and on the national tour of The Lion King. He has worked with performers Garth Fagan, George Faison, Aretha Franklin, Kevin Iega Jeff, Louis Johnson, Rod Stewart and more. Currently the resident choreographer for the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts program, he also directed and choreographed for the Smithsonian Oman Project, and his work is archived in the Smithsonian Museum. Last year, he choreographed Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

What first brought you to Deeply Rooted? 
I was first introduced to Jubilation/Deeply Rooted at an International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference. I immediately feel in love with Iega’s choreographic voice. Soon after, I moved to Chicago and danced with Deeply Rooted for two seasons, from 2000 to 2002.
How did learning from and performing with Deeply Rooted affect you as a dancer and choreographer?
I think the biggest impact Deeply Rooted had/has on me as a dancer and choreographer was its humanistic approach to dance. As a choreographer, I have always found it important that my work comes from the spirit. I have always been attracted to experiences that touch the human spirit. I remember Iega said one day in rehearsal, “You dance who you are.” That has always stuck with me, and it is important that my work reflects that.

You’ve worked with a number of important contemporary dance companies. Were there ways your time with Deeply Rooted prepared you for that work? 
I have been very fortunate and blessed to work with so many amazing dance companies around the world. I think Deeply Rooted has helped me with my choreographic voice. I learned during my time with Deeply Rooted that it is important as an artist to be authentic. This has helped with my approach to my choreographic work. I strived to approach my work from a genuine place. I think it makes me more tangible as an artist/choreographer. I have always felt that Deeply Rooted’s mission has been about authenticity and character and that it is spirit driven, and I think this is what makes the company as a whole accessible and beautiful to experience.
What has it been like to be part of The Lion King for such a long time? How has the production or your experience working on it evolved over that time?
The Lion King has truly been a huge blessing. To be part of one of the largest Broadway shows in history, and to work with people of color for 16 years and counting, has been beyond what I could ever imagine. It has taught me the value of work ethic and commitment. I think that my approach to the Broadway experience has changed throughout the years; I have learned to grow as an artist and individual in this company of beautiful people of color.
Anything else you’d like to share?
All these years as an artist and choreographer have taught me one very important thing: God can dream a much bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself!! And that nothing good ever comes without hard work and dedication! 

Your chance to see the next generation is coming soon!
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Summer Intensive
and Emerging Choreographers Showcase performances
take place Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts,
915 E. 60th Street, Chicago. Tickets are $25–50.
Tickets to the July 20 performance are available at
Tickets to the July 21 performance are available at
For information, visit
Debuting in 1996, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in traditions of modern, contemporary and African dance, as well as storytelling, in universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. Collaborating with nationally renowned choreographers across the spectrum of modern, ballet and African dance, DRDT presents work that reflects eclectic voices in contemporary life.
Photo credits for images of Ray Mercer from top to bottom:
Dirty Sugar.
Jon Dee.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

University of California Riverside Psychologist Receives High Honor From NAACP

Prof. Carolyn B. Murray

University of California Riverside

Carolyn Murray is the recipient of the 2018 Dr. William Montague Cobb award for special achievements in public health at the local level

Carolyn B. Murray, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded the 2018 Dr. William Montague Cobb award for special achievements in public health at the local level, presented annually by the National Health Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP.

The award is given to an outstanding individual in a local community “in recognition of special achievement in areas of social justice, health justice advocacy, health education, health promotion, fundraising, and research.”

Murray earned the honor for her many years of research and activism addressing health disparities in the African American community. She will receive the award on July 16 at the Annual NAACP Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Broadly, Murray’s research covers ethnicity, race, and health. She has published extensively on doctor-patient interactions, how culture is a factor in health, how racism and mental health are linked, the psychology of health disparities among African Americans, gender disparities in physician-patient communication among African American patients in primary care, and how mental health disparities in the African American population in California can be addressed and eliminated.

Says Murray: “Life expectancy has decreased two years in a row for Americans, a grave concern that is largely unreported. This award will serve as a reminder that my crusade against health disparities, particularly in the African American community, must continue. Our work is far from done.”

For more information, please visit:


OperaCréole Founders: WWNO Radio TriPod, and Bastille Day Event, New Orleans

Givonna Joseph forwards this release:

TriPod: New Orleans at 300


TriPod: New Orleans at 300 is WWNO’s FRESH radio history of New Orleans, released in weekly segments as our city approaches its Tricentennial in 2018. Each TriPod segment is its own micro-documentary, devoted to a single story or subject from New Orleans’ rich history. The series explores lost and neglected stories, delves deeper into the familiar, and questions what we think we know about the city’s history.

TriPod airs Thursdays during Morning Edition at 8:30 a.m. on 89.9 FM, repeats on Mondays during All Things Considered, and is available anytime on and as a podcast on iTunes

Thursday, July 12
This broadcast will be a two part series focused on Opera in New Orleans from pre-Civil War to Reconstruction.

Givonna Joseph, and Aria Mason cover the 19th Century contributions of African Americans to New Orleans-The First City of Opera, as musicians, composers and conductors. And we also discussed their fight for integrated theater seating, and their ultimate exclusion from opera and classical music at the dawn of Jim Crow.
Part I
Laine Kaplan-Levenson interviews OperaCréole founders Aria Mason, and Givonna Joseph, she also speaks with ​New Orleans Opera ​historian Jack Belsom and author ​John Baron.

Part II
Givonna and Aria's interview continues. Ms. Kaplan-Levenson also interviews Harold and Wesley Dede, great-great nephews of Edmond Dédé (1827-1901), 19th Century New Orleans free composer of color.

Parts I and II ​can be heard together online​ and also on iTunes Podcast

Saturday is Bastille Day!
Come join Aria and me as we do our annual singing of the
French National Anthem!

The Council of French Societies
Conseil des Sociétés Françaises de La

with the
Hon. Mayor of New Orleans,
Hon. Consul Général of France
Hon. City Councilmember District C.

cordially invites you to participate in the

Célébration de la Fête Nationale Française
Bastille Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
Statue of Jeanne d’Arc
(St. Joan of Arc)
La Place de France, Decatur St., French Market
Music by OperaCréole

Light refreshments

Saturday July 14, 2018
10:00 AM
Free and open to public participation
Your support can make all the difference in our mission. Secure donations through PayPal can be made on our website!

Thank you all!
Givonna Joseph,