Monday, July 21, 2014

Dominique-René de Lerma: Composition students of Nadia Boulangerie, not featured on 'Exploring Music' with Bill McGlaughlin

George Walker (b. 1922) 
has a website at is featured at

Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941)
is featured at

Dominique-René de Lerma:

Bill McGlaughlin,, recently dedicated a week to composers who had studied with Nadia Boulanger.  The following, who were not featured, were also her students:

               Walker, George (Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the few private
                                        students of Mlle. B.)
               Dett, R. Nathaniel
               Perry, Julia
               Swanson, Howard
               Hailstork, Adolphus C.
               Jones, Quincy
               Moore, Dorothy Rudd
               Moore, Kermit
               Thomson, Leon
               Jackson, Raymond
               Byrd, Donald
               Haynes, Eugene
               Butcher, Vada
               Holt, Nora
Dominique-René de Lerma

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sergio A. Mims: 12-3 PM (CT) Wed. July 23, will livestream a taped interview with pianist & composer Girma Yifrashewa on CD 'Love & Peace'

Love & Peace is available in LP, CD or Digital Format:

Girma Yifrashewa has a website at: 
 and  is featured at
(Photo Credit: Douglas/New York Times)

Sergio A. Mims:

I'm sure your readers will love to know that this Wednesday, July 23rd on my WHPK-FM Chicago radio show I will be broadcasting a taped interview with pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa about his new album Love & Peace

The show is broadcast as always on Wed. 12-3PM (Central Time) 88.5FM locally and available livestream on   Home - WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago, Community Radio | University of Chicago. l
Ignacio Jerusalem cantata Au Combate, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, Haydn String Quartets Op 64 No.1 and No 2 and selection from Girma Yifashwewa's Love & Peace (And interviews with conductor Javier Jose Mendoza and pianist/composer Girma Yifrashewa)


John Malveaux: 'International African American Museum To Be Built Where Slaves First Set Foot On U.S. Soil'

John Malveaux of 

John Malveaux

Huffington Post
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced Tuesday that the museum will be built near where a wharf once stood in the South Carolina city where the Civil War began.
During the late 1770s and early 1800s, tens of thousands of slaves crossed the wharf entering the nation. Riley says there is no better site for the museum.

John Malveaux: U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history

Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Navy

John Malveaux of 

John Malveaux

Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography.

"Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.


Howard, a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy, made history when she commanded the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999, Earnest said.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

S&R, International award now in its 13th year of supporting and celebrating emerging artists across multiple disciplines, including music and fine arts

WASHINGTON – July 16, 2014 – S&R Foundation, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that supports gifted individuals in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, today announced that the application process for the 2014 S&R Washington Award is now open. Established in 2001, the Award honors talented individuals with high aspirations in the fields of fine art, music, drama, dance, photography and film. Applications are being accepted through October 1, 2014.

Recognizing the difficulties associated with launching or advancing a career in the arts, S&R Foundation founders Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno established the award to encourage and support gifted and dedicated artists.

“S&R Washington Award was one of the first programs we established, and we are thrilled to open the application process for our 13th annual award,” said Dr. Kuno, President of S&R Foundation. “It is truly rewarding for us to see past winners develop in their careers, as well as to grow and learn from each other. They continue to inspire us, whether performing in front of sold out audiences at venues like the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and historic Evermay Estate, or simply rehearsing at Evermay. We invite all aspiring artists deserving of recognition to apply for the S&R Washington Award.”
Each Award recipient receives a $5,000 grant to help pursue his or her artistic career. Additional funding may be provided to a Grand Prize winner, if one is selected by the Awards Committee. Washington Award Grand Prize winners are also highlighted in an S&R sponsored event showcasing their talents, such as a concert, gallery showing or screening.

The 2013 Washington Award winners include two Grand Prize Winners - composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom and cellist Tim Park. Additional honors were presented to pianist Tanya Gabrielian, violinist Ryu Goto and classical guitarist Soichi Muraji. The S&R Washington Award is open to emerging artists in the performing and visual arts forms, with past winners also including emerging artists from the fields of painting, ceramics, dance and choreography, film, and lighting design.

Many previous Washington Award winners have performed at Overtures Concert Series, hosted by S&R Foundation. The 2014 Overtures Fall Concert Series begins September 12, with a performance by 2011 S&R Washington Award winners, pianist Ryo Yanagitani and cellist Char Prescott, at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage.
Please visit to apply and for additional information.

About S&R Foundation
S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Contributions to S&R Foundation go directly to funding our mission. Overhead and general operational costs are covered by founders' contributions and use of existing assets. For more information, visit

Friday, July 18, 2014

John Malveaux: Dr. Albert McNeil to receive Howard Swan Award from California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

Dr. Albert McNeil

John Malveaux of 

Congratulation to Dr. Albert McNeil for forthcoming award by California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association namely the Howard Swan Award for distinguished service to the profession. See email below from Dr. McNeil
John Malveaux

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:58 am

Nell and others:  I wanted you to know that another honor will be bestowed on me by the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association namely the Howard Swan Award for distinguished service to the profession.  The occasion for the presentation will be at the California ACDA's summer convocation at the Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst 48303 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644  on Sunday, July 27 . The site is simply called ECCO.
I am really honored to be added to the list of choral directors who have succeeded in the profession.  A telephone call two weeks ago from president Lori Rios informed me that the executive committee of the ACDA had submitted my name and it was the consensus that I should be this year's person.  Of course this means that Howard Swann, who was a mentor of mine during his time as Chair and Head of Choral Activities at Occidental College, and Director of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, a close associate of Robert Shaw, Fred Waring, charter member of ACDA and a host of others who have already passed this way.  Those that followed are of the same philosophy and have distinguished themselves in the field.  Thanks to the work of the Jubilee Singers, public school choral music at the elementary, Middle, and Senior High School and University levels, I have arrived at this new status.
Thanks to you and others who have directly supported my work.  I offer my humble thanks
cc: Propiano
      Danellen Joseph

John Malveaux: July 18 is the Birthday of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

John Malveaux of 
sends the above link on the birthday of Nelson Mandela, which he notes is observed as Mandela International Day.

USA Today notes that the birthday of Nelson Mandela was made an international holiday by the United Nations in 2009:

It's Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela's birthday.

Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. This is the first time the day has been celebrated since his death.

The day was unanimously approved in 2009 by the U.N. General Assembly. It was created to honor Mandela and inspire others to carry on his efforts to "take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time," according to a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation Initiative.

Sergio A. Mims: 'Mandela Tales' is a music theatre production by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson, Sunday 27 July 2014, 4PM at Rich Mix, London, UK

Shirley J. Thompson

Sergio A. Mims:

I got this e-mail from British composer Shirley Thompson about an event happening  on July 27th


On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51 AM, Shirley Thompson wrote:

Dear Friends,

Hope all is well and that you will make it to see a production of Mandela Tales after sell-out performances at the South Bank Centre and the V & A Pavillion in Cape Town. Look forward to seeing you.

Warmest regards,



Sun 27 July 4pm
£10, £8 conc, £5 u18’s / Main Space 

Mandela Tales: Music, Theatre, Folk tales
Mandela Tales is an enchanting music theatre production devised and directed by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson. It features exquisite stories from across the African continent, drawn from the Honourable Nelson Mandela’s favourite African folk-tales. It was his wish that children around the world experience the magic of reading and listening to African folktales.
The premiere performance of Mandela Tales sold out at the South Bank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Literature Festival in 2012, with a high demand for further performances. The production toured to Cape Town, South Africa in 2013 with the famous Gordonstoun School, after an invitation from the GREAT British Week of Arts and Culture in South Africa. Again, the production delighted audiences at the Baxter Theatre and the V&A Pavilion in Cape Town.
Shirley J. Thompson’s evocative musical score is filled with soulful classical orchestrations and delectable Township music overtones. Together with a series of mystical stories, song and dance, the audience may revel and sway in their seats (and even on their feet) as children and families enjoy the production.
“When I read the stories I was deeply moved and hoped in creating this production that I could put across their profundity. I love folk tales and storytelling and feel that these traditional myths offer delightful lessons for children (and for the young at heart!). We were brought up on the Grimm Fairy Tales and yet these African tales, that are so powerful and intriguing to young people, are little known in the UK. I was determined to find the right cast to convey their magic and humour in this original production. By the young people’s enjoyment and outwardly positive reception, I am richly rewarded by my efforts.” - Shirley J. Thompson.
Dane Jeremy Hurst, winner of the National Dance Awards in 2014 joins Shirley J. Thompson’s Virtuoso Friends including Sally Silver (Soprano), Mark Kavuma (Trumpet), Shirley J. Thompson (Violin) Shaq the MC (Speaker), Lyrical L (Speaker), Mangaliso Asi (Speaker).

Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble are seeking new volunteer members; voice assessment July 29 & August 5 at 6 PM

Charleston SC July 9, 2014 –The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble are seeking new volunteer members. The CSO Gospel Choir is an 80-voice gospel group and the CSO Spiritual Ensemble is a 35-member vocal group focusing on African-American Spirituals.

The two groups will hold a voice assessment Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 5 at 6:00pm each evening at Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston.

Volunteers are asked to prepare a solo of their choosing and vocalize in a choral setting.

Both groups will be preparing for a new season including a holiday concert, Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute, Piccolo Spoleto performances and other events in the tri-county area and beyond.

For more information: (843) 991-1035;  or