Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ithaca College Black History Month Concert: Countertenor John Holiday & Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Ithaca College

Black History Month Concert

Friday, February 26 at 8:15pm to 9:45pm

Ford Hall

Featuring counter tenor John Holiday, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Worlds of Music class and the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble. This concert will be webcast live and available on-demand the following Thursday at

Free, open to the public "Ain't I a Woman?" Celebrates Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter & Fannie Lou Hamer, Wed. Feb. 10, 6:30 PM, Methodist College, Peoria

Peoria Journal-Star: Notable African-American women celebrated in Core Ensemble's production of 'Ain't I a Woman'

Feb 6, 2016 

PEORIA — Methodist College will host “Ain’t I a Woman” by the Core Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 104, Methodist College campus, 415 St. Mark Court. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The performance will be in a new format called Chamber Music Theatre, which was developed by the Core Ensemble. A marriage of theatrical narrative and chamber music, actress Deltoiya Goodman will portray multiple characters while interacting with pianist Byron Sean.
“Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates the life and times of four powerful African-American women — renowned novelist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African-Americans.

Dr. Nicholas E. Williams is Conductor of University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, Which Performs Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:30 PM, Winspear Hall

Dr. Nicholas E. Williams

Dallas Winds 30th Anniversary Season Program

Dr. Nicholas Williams, Guest Conductor

Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams is the assistant director of wind studies, conductor of the Concert band and the director of athletic bands, including the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band and the Basketball Pep band at the University of North Texas.  He is also the conductor for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony in Dallas, Texas.  In addition, he is a frequent guest conductor for the Dallas Winds and Dallas Winds Brass Choir.

As an advocate of chamber music, Dr. Williams was the founder and conductor of the East Piano Brass and was the principal guest conductor for the Harmoniemusik chamber ensemble.  In the wind band world, he has been a guest conductor with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra; at the annual Midwesr International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois; the College Band Directors National Association regional conference; and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Williams is active in the United states, Canada, Australia and Asia as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and arranger; his arrangements for wind band, marching percussion ensembles, drum corps and marching band are performed by outstanding organizations throughout the world.  He is a sought-after recording producer, associate producer, and esditor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, GIA and UNT labels.  His professional affiliations include "Texas Music Educators association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity.

Andover Townsman: Terry Morgan & Leonardo Ciampa in Spirituals Arranged by Margaret Bonds, H.T. Burleigh & Undine Smith Moore Feb. 12 at Christ Church

Terry Morgan

Leonardo Ciampa

Margaret A. Bonds is featured at 

H.T. Burleigh is featured at 

Andover, Massachusetts

Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 am

A program of spirituals performed by soprano Terry Morgan and pianist Leonardo Ciampa celebrating Black History Month happens on Friday, Feb. 12, at Christ Church.

The program features spiritual arrangements of William Arms Fisher, H.T. Burleigh, J. Rosamond Johnson, Margaret Bonds, Edward Boatner and Udine Smith Moore. Morgan and Ciampa have collaborated on several occasions including performances at Emmanuel Church of Boston, First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, and Christ Church, Andover.

John Malveaux: Opera Fresh: Isola Jones sang at the Met for 16 seasons and more than 500 performances

Isola Jones

John Malveaux of 

Isola Jones sang at the Met for 16 seasons and more than 500 performances. See. jones.html and

Opera Fresh

Reflections On A Career - Isola Jones                                                                                        
Isola Jones was born December 27, 1949. The mezzo-soprano of American Indian and African American descent started singing at 4-years old. By age 11, while attending a Roman Catholic grade school, she saw a performance of Leontyne Price on television and begged her mother to buy a recording of the soprano. It was at this moment that she determined she wanted to be an opera singer as a career. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to receive her undergraduate degree. After school she became a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She made her professional debut in 1975 as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Chicago Symphony as a last-minute replacement

for Yvonne Minton, who had taken ill. The conductor was Sir Georg Solti and the soprano soloist was none other than her idol Leontyne Price. The subsequent year she was engaged to sing in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer in Chicago with Solti and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Loren Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra. Within two years of her professional debut, she was headed to New York City for one of the greatest professional relationships of her operatic career: The Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Jones made her MET debut on October 15, 1977, as Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin with fellow castmates Nicolai Gedda, Sherrill Milnes, Teresa Zylis-Gara and conductor James Levine in the company's first performance of the opera in Russian. "During the intermission between the first and second acts, I remember going back to the dressing room and looking in the mirror, and I was visibly shaking. I thought, 'I cannot have a career, this is just too nerve-wracking!'

But I know that I was there for a reason. I needed to be at the Met to get what I needed for my singing. It is a fabulous place to learn, because you are working with the best people in the world. You are hearing, up close, in your face and personal, great singing, and there is no substitute for that." She was also featured in many "Live from Lincoln Center" performances including Francesca da Rimini, La forza del destino, Manon Lescaut, Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto at the MET. She sang over 500 performances at the MET including majorcomprimario roles in such operas as ThaïsDie Frau Ohne SchattenDie ZauberflöteDer Fliegende HolländerParsifalCarmenRise and Fall of the City of MahagonnyWozzeck,  L'Enfant et les SortilègesI Vespri SicilianiLes Contes d'HoffmannAdriana LecouvreurPorgy and Bess and Ariadne auf Naxos

Saturday, February 6, 2016

University of Texas at Austin: Black History Month Concert February 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM, Leon P. Turner, bass-baritone, Best of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an African American composer, pianist and jazz band leader who is featured at

Leon P. Turner


Duke Ellington
The Best of the Sacred Concerts


UT Austin Choirs
Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir
UT Jazz Orchestra
Leon P. Turner, bass-baritone

Admission: Free

4th Annual DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run/2K Walk Health and Wellness Fair Sat. June 25, 2016 - Register Today Online www.DCHBCU.Org

It's time to RUN!

Join us on the campus of Howard University for our 4th Annual 5K Run/2K Walk Health and Wellness Fair. This year's race is aimed at reducing the health disparities in our communities. Depending on where you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, there is a 15 year difference in life expectancy. Our initiative to combat health, hunger and higher education is our major priority as an organization. Support us in our fight to "Run for Something".


Kennedy Center Concert Hall: Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs; Choral Arts Society of Washington, Sun., Feb. 21, 7 pm

Performances by the Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. This concert is also funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more than 20 years, the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the D.C. region and beyond. The choirs’ annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit.
Co-presented with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Deep River: Celebration of Black Classical Composers S. Coleridge-Taylor & H.T. Burleigh, Montpelier Arts Center Sun, Feb. 28, 3 PM, Free!

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-Rene de Lerma,

Prince George's County, Maryland Department of Parks and Recreation

In a musical tribute to Black History Month, enjoy an afternoon of narration and classical music honoring the works of Black Classical Composers including, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, H.T. Burleigh, Hall Johnson and others.
  • Sun, February 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Godwin Sadoh: Italian Organist Luca Massaglia will perform Fela Sowande's "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" in 12 Concerts in Russia, Sweden & France

Godwin Sadoh

Fela Sowande (1905-1987) 
is featured at

Luca Massaglia

Godwin Sadoh writes:


Italian concert organist, Luca Massaglia, will be performing Fela Sowande's "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" in a European concert tour, 2016:
1.  3 April:  Kursk (Russia) Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God
2. 10 April:  Moscow (Russia) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary
3. 12 April: Saratov (Russia) Concert Hall of the "Leonid Sobinov" State Conservatory
4. 13 April: Penza (Russia) Organ Hall of the Philharmonic Society
5. 14 April: Dubna (Russia) Concert Hall of the Choir School
6. 18 April: Naberezhnye Chelny (Russia) Organ Hall
7. 19 April Kazan (Russia) Concert Hall of the "Nazib Zhiganov" State Conservatory
8. 22 April: Tomsk (Russia) Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Society
9. 23 April: Krasnoyarsk (Russia) Organ Hall of the Philharmonic Society 1st concert
10. 24 April:  Krasnoyarsk (Russia) Organ Hall of the Philharmonic Society 2nd concert
11. 4 July:  Cathedral Lund (Sweden)
12. 18 September:  Eglise Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet Paris (France) Lund Cathedral hosts the largest organ of Sweden. Sowande's music will sound across Russia, from Western Russia to Eastern Siberia, passing from Tatarstan Republic.