Thursday, February 5, 2009

R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir's '18th Annual Black Heritage Concert' in Cleveland Feb. 8

[The Collected Piano Works of R. Nathaniel Dett; Summy-Birchard (1973)]

Cleveland Institute of Music
The 18th Annual Black Heritage Concert featuring ensembles from the Cleveland School of the Arts, is Sunday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. in CIM's Kulas Hall. The R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir, with director William B. Woods and the Chamber Orchestra, with director Diana Richardson, will perform works by Robert Morris, Charlie Parker, R. Nathaniel Dett and more.” 

William B. Woods is a native of Gadsden, Alabama and received his early training in music at Carver High School. He then studied organ and choral music with the late Walter Blodgett at Tennessee State and Western Reserve University. His musical impact at Cleveland School of the Arts is felt throughout the Greater Cleveland Community and beyond. The Dett Choir, which he directs, has enhanced the reputation of the school by establishing a model of excellence in performance.” “Dianna Richardson is the orchestra director and head of the music department at the Cleveland School of the Arts. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from CIM. In 1998, Ms. Richardson received the Heidi Castleman Award for Excellence in Teaching and Performing Chamber Music.” [R. Nathaniel Dett is profiled at, along with a Works List and Bibliography compiled by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin]

1 comment:

melody said...

This is great information. You may enjoy a workshop that is being held at The Harlem School of the Arts for our Black History Month celebration. Its entitled The African Presence In Classical Music and is presented by Faculty member Mr. Fred Alston. It is Saturday, February 14 at 12 noon and its FREE!

Melody Gross