Friday, April 30, 2010

Guitar Music of Leo Brouwer at University of North Carolina School of the Arts May 4, 2010

[Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)]

The Afro-Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer is profiled at Joseph Pecoraro is on the Guitar Faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has kindly provided AfriClassical with the program of the May 4, 2010 concert, “Tower of Brouwer: Music of Leo Brouwer.” In a wide-ranging survey, the concert features many of the composer's best known works, such as Cuban Landscape with Rain.

“Concert and recording artist Joseph Pecoraro appears as soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestra in recitals across the United States and abroad. His performances have received widespread recognition and awards. Recent appearances include performances as soloist with the Wintergreen Festival and Roanoke symphony orchestras; and solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, throughout North America and in France, Italy, and Switzerland.”


‘Tower of Brouwer’ - Music of Leo Brouwer

Paisaje Cubano con lluvia (1984) (Cuban Landscape with Rain)
Mike Chamis, Marty Edwards, Evan Helbig, Joseph Miller
Ojos Brujos (Sorcerer's Eyes) (1978)
David Krawiec
Preludio epigramatico, No. 4 (1983)
Jacqueline Westerduin
Paisaje Cubano con tristeza (1999)
(Cuban Landscape with Sadness)
Eduardo Aguiar
La muerte del angel Astor Pizaaolla
(arr. Leo Brouwer)
Colin Fullerton
Canticum (1968)
Necati Emirzade
From ‘El decameron negro’ (1981)
Balada de la doncella enamorada
(Ballad of the Maiden in Love)
John Rosal
From ‘Dos canciones’
Jack Rice, Ashley Mann


Tocatta (2005)
David Krawiec, Julio Pando, Jack Rice, Jacqueline Westerduin
Preludio (1956)
Evan Helbig
Un dia de Noviembre (1968)
(A day in November)
John Angel
Pieza sin titulo, No. 1 (1958)
(Piece without title)
Joseph Miller
Paisaje Cubano con fiesta (2008)
(Cuban Landscape with Party)
Marty Edwards
Danza caracteristica (Quitate de la acera
(Get off of the Sidewalk!)
Mike Chamis
Paisaje Cubano con rumba (1985)
(Cuban Landscape with Rumba)
Eduardo Aguiar, Necati Emirzade, Colin Fullerton, John Rosal

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pianist William Chapman Nyaho & Violinist Steven Woodham at U.S. Embassy in Jamaica April 29

[ABOVE: Dr. William Chapman Nyaho, pianist; BELOW: Steven Woodham, violinist, Photo by Nathaniel Stewart, Jamaica Gleaner]

AfriClassical was pleased to hear from pianist William Chapman Nyaho today:

“I am presently in Kingston, Jamaica, by invitation of the US Embassy.
I will be performing a recital with Jamaican violinist Steven Woodham.

“We gave a masterclass and short performance at the Edna Manley College,
School of Music, Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday April 28th. Steven Woodham and I are performing works by Beethoven, Shchedrin, Piazolla, Gershwin-Heifetz and Paganini at the US Embassy tonight.

“Distinguished Jamaican violinist Steven Woodham has performed in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the USA and has appeared as soloist in many university orchestras and touring chamber orchestras. He dedicates much of his time and energy to music education as a private tutor and as artist-in-residence and conductor of the Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra in Kingston, Jamaica.
Nyaho [William Chapman Nyaho (b. 1958) is profiled at and has a personal website,]

Kevin Scott Directs SUNY Orange Symphonic Band in 'American Renaissance' May 7, 2010

[Kevin Scott, Director, The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band; Interior of Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY. Photo © by Lee Sanstead - used with permission]

The Arts and Communication Department Presents
The SUNY Orange symphonic band
Kevin Scott, Director
American Renaissance: Music of American Composers inspired by the European Renaissance

Frank Erickson - Toccata
Michael Colgrass - Old Churches
Martin Mailman - Liturgical Music
Vaclav Nelhybel - Prelude & Fugue
Norman Dello Joio - Scenes From "The Louvre"
Richard Rodgers/Robert Russell Bennett - Symphonic Scenario from The Sound of Music

Program subject to change
Friday, 7 May 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 17 South Street, Middletown, New York
Admission $5.00
SUNY Orange students with ID and Active Military Personnel, Free. For further Information, please call (845) 341-4787 or 341-4393

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

African American Composer, Pianist & Bandleader Duke Ellington, Born April 29, 1899, Wrote Jazz & Classical Music

[The Definitive Duke Ellington; Sony 61444 (2000)]

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974) was an African American composer, pianist and band leader. He is profiled at Duke Ellington was born into a middle-class family in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 1899. Although best known for composing, leading and performing about 2,000 "big band" jazz pieces, Ellington also composed orchestral, chamber and solo piano works in the classical genre. His classical music has gradually gained new listeners in recent years due to recordings on CD.

Ellington participated in the Civil Rights movement from the 1940s on. In 1941 he wrote the score for the musical Jump for Joy, a show intended to debunk common movie stereotypes of African American popular culture. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by Neeme Järvi, Conductor, has recorded three of Ellington's works for symphony orchestra on CDs released by the British label Chandos. Harlem, Suite from "The River" and Solitude are found on Chandos 9909 (2001). Suite from "The River" also appears on an earlier disc, Chandos 9154 (1993). Harlem is also found on Chandos 9226 (1993).

Here are just a few recent examples: On January 26, 2010 music of Duke Ellington was heard at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's "Fourth Annual 'Tribute' Concert: A Symphonic Celebration Of African American Culture." A month later, on February 26, 2010, the Harlem Opera Theater performed Ellington's unfinished opera Queenie Pie at New York City's Schomburg Center. The composer's Come Sunday was aired on radio station WABE in Atlanta on April 12, 2010 as part of the "Atlanta Music Festival." Saxophonist Dwight Andrews and pianist Gary Motley were featured in a recording of the work.

Philadelphia Inquirer: "'Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia' tells four generations of stories...'someone should know.'"

Posted on Tue, Apr. 27, 2010
Separate and musical
By Peter Dobrin
Inquirer Classical Music Critic
In Philadelphia, music lovers have almost total recall of the city's proud history. They talk about Stokowski's children's concerts as if they happened yesterday, or rattle off the repertoire of North Broad Street's Metropolitan Opera House in the 1920s. The city has another musical history, though, a parallel tale of triumphs that has remained largely obscured, at least to much of the white classical music establishment.

“Philadelphia was home to impresario and civic leader Samuel London Evans, who brought violinist Itzhak Perlman, soprano/mezzo Grace Bumbry, and mime Marcel Marceau to audiences here and around the world. This was the city that embraced Sylvia Olden Lee, an important vocal coach to singers like Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman. And it was the place that nourished other great African American artists, some of whom then had to go to Europe to find unfettered acceptance.

“All these lives, and more than three dozen others, are the subject of Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia: Oral Histories Covering Four Generations. Elaine Mack, its author, spent 1995 and 1996 interviewing her subjects - retired sopranos, principal players with major American orchestras, composers, conductors, and accompanists. She got to some at a critical moment - eager to talk, and still well enough to do so. Several have since died.

“Mack labored long to realize the book. A cellist raised in Chicago, she moved to Philadelphia in 1989 with hopes of joining the Philadelphia Orchestra. She freelanced, and started attending concerts. And she began to meet people - older African American musicians, like Curtis Institute of Music-trained pianist Blanche Burton-Lyles, who in turn introduced her to other musicians who had active careers in classical music. 'After four or five years here, it occurred to me that someone should know about these people,' said Mack, now 55. 'I had the interest, the training, and the time.'"

Violinist Quinton I. Morris Plays Music of James P. Johnson with Seattle University String Faculty April 30

[Quinton I. Morris]

Violinist Quinton I. Morris will join other members of the string faculty of Seattle University for a program of chamber music on Friday, April 30 – 7:30 PM at Pigott Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University, 901 12th Ave in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Morris and others will perform a program of classical and contemporary chamber works, including selections by Beethoven, Brahms, James P. Johnson and contemporary composer Michael Mikulka.

The April 30 performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 206-296-5360 or visit As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African-American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories. He is Assistant Professor of Music, Fine Arts and Global African Studies at Seattle University. [The African American composer and pianist James P. Johnson (1894-1955) wrote and performed both stride piano works and classical music, including Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody. Johnson is profiled at]

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Caps First Season with 'Tribute to American Composers' May 29

[Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder and Music Director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra]

The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Closes its Successful Inaugural Season with a Tribute to American Composers.
Philadelphia, PA - April 26, 2010 - The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra will present the final concert of its Inaugural Season "America's Classical Masters" on May 29, 2010, 7 pm at The Baptist Temple in partnership with the Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing Festival. This FREE concert will present works by American composers Copland, Marsalis, Walker, and Bloch. Special guests include The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass.

Ticket info:
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About the Concert
Philadelphia's first multi-ethnic professional orchestra, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra led by Music Director and Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson, is delighted to present its America's Classical Masters concert at the historic and newly renovated Baptist Temple in Philadelphia at the heart of Temple University's Main Campus. With this performance, the BPCO is honored to be part of the Art Sanctuary's 26th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival, May 19-29, 2010, which deepens the city's literary life and polishes its tourist shine with a rich infusion of African American writers in all genres.

The BPCO's world-class musicians will perform works that showcase the variety and brilliance of American composers from throughout the nation's history. Music of Dr. George Walker, the first Black composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and a stunning new work by master jazz teacher Ellis Marsalis will be performed alongside Aaron Copland's elegiac and powerful Quiet City and Ernst Bloch's exuberant Concerto Grosso #1.

After intermission, The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass will take the stage with works by celebrated African American composer, and Philadelphia native, Francis Johnson and other fantastic big brass music for a rousing close to the final concert of the BPCO's inaugural season.

The evening's program includes:

-Aaron Copland - Quiet City
Featuring Geoffrey Deemer, english horn and Rodney Mack, trumpet

-Ernst Bloch - Concerto Grosso #1

-Ellis Marsalis - Fourth Autumn for Trumpet and Orchestra Featuring Rodney Mack, trumpet

-George Walker - Lyric for Strings

-Selections by Francis Johnson and other music performed by The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass [Francis B. Johnson (1792-1844) and George Walker (b. 1922) are profiled at]

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Akin Euba, Nigerian Composer and Musicologist, Was Born 75 Years Ago on April 28, 1935

[Akin Euba]

Dr. Akin Euba is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Nigerian composer and author who was born in Lagos, Nigeria 75 years ago, on April 28, 1935. His theoretical work includes the Theory of African Pianism. Prof. Euba is a member of the Yoruba ethnic group. His biography is Akin Euba: An Introduction to the Life and Music of a Nigerian Composer by Joshua Uzoigwe. It is a 1992 publication of the Bayreuth African Studies Series, edited by Prof. Eckhard Breitinger. It explains that his father was an amateur musician and his mother was a teacher by profession.

Akin Euba began piano lessons with his father in 1943, and won first prize at the First Nigerian Festival of the Arts in 1950. He went to the U.K. In 1952. After two years of study at Trinity College of Music, Euba changed his program to allow himself to concentrate on courses he considered of more value to his future career: piano, composition, harmony and counterpoint, orchestration, organ and score-reading.

Dr. Euba is a leading Multicultural Musicologist. The latest example of his role was Dialogue in Music Project: Africa Meets North America, a festival and symposium at The Department of Ethnomusicology of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music from October 22-25, 2009. Classical artists who participated included pianist Girma Yifrashewa of Ethiopia, Liberian-born soprano Dawn Padmore, Jamaica-born pianist Maxine Franklin, British-born pianist Richard Thompson, and flute player Laura Falzon, born in Canada to Maltese parents. In an interview with AfriClassical, Laura Falzon recalled the many music festivals of Prof. Euba in which she has participated.

Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University conservatory has compiled a Works List and a Bibliography of Akin Euba. They are featured on the composer's page at

Nathaniel Dett Chorale Presents “And Still We Sing…Steel Singin'” in Toronto May 26 & 29, 2010

(R. Nathaniel Dett; Photo from Library of Congress)
April 27, 2010
“And Still We Sing…Steel Singin’, the final installment of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s 2010 Glenn Gould Studio series, is poised to be an exciting, eclectic musical showcase of the almost limitless collaboration existing between steel pan and voice. The concert, a musical kalediscope, will celebrate the remarkable versatility of this classic Afro-Caribbean instrument with repertoire ranging in flavour from classical to calypso, to the rich folk traditions of the Caribbean peoples. The concert takes place at 8:00pm on Wednesday, May 26th and is repeated at 8:00pm on Saturday, May 29th.

“'And Still We Sing… Steel Singin’ is a concert that I have wanted to program for some time now,' explains Artistic Director/Founder, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor. 'Given it’s exquiste tonal range, pan music is a perfect complement to the multi-dimensional voices of the Chorale which allows us to draw from the opposite ends of the musical spectrum to create a electryfing performance.'”

“R. Nathaniel Dett is remembered with a performance of 'Jacob's Ladder' which will feature the NDC Training Choir.” “For more information please visit” [R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University Conservatory is featured.]

Friday, April 23, 2010

LA Watts Times: Watts-Willowbrook Club Learns of James DePreist, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges & Thomas Wiggins

[LA Watts Times Photo of Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club]

LA Watts Times
April 22, 2010
“Maestro James DePreist, violinist Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and blind pianist-composer Thomas Wiggins Bethune are just some of the renowned black classical musicians children can learn about while taking a classical music course at the Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club. Launched in January by the club, the Watts-Willowbrook Music Conservatory is a free 10-week program led by local symphony musicians to culturally enrich and transform the lives of inner-city children through music education.

“It’s been a dream of mine to bring music education, training and instruments to the Boys & Girls club to enhance the community and also help further the education of children and prepare them for their futures,” said Les Jones, the local club’s executive director. To launch the program, Jones joined forces with longtime friend and musician Billy Mitchell, executive director of the Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy; and Charles Dickerson, director of the Southeast Symphony and Inner-City Youth Orchestra.”

“The program operates with up to 30 or more students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive weeks, closing with a recital. There is a two-week interim before the next session begins for new and returning students.” [James DePreist (b. 1936), Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) and Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1908) are profiled at]

Thursday, April 22, 2010

William Grant Still is First 'Composer of the Week' at

[TOP: William Grant Still: Symphonies Nos. 4, 'Autochthonous' & 5, 'Western Hemisphere'; 'Poem'; Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor; Naxos 8.559603 (2009); Cover painting ”Crossing America in an express train, United States” (1859) by Nathaniel Currier and James Merrit Ives, The Art Archive. BOTTOM: William Grant Still (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission.)]

“Because composers rule, we’re starting a new tradition of publishing a post honoring a different composer each week. First up is William Grant Still, an African-American composer and Salon97 fan favorite!
b. May 11, 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi
d. December 3, 1978 in Los Angeles, California
The first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, along with being the first to present an opera with a major opera company, William Grant Still was deemed the 'Dean of African-American Composers.'” has published this April 21, 2010 comment by William J. Zick:
“Congratulations on the excellent choice of William Grant Still as the first composer to be 'Composer of the Week!' William Grant Still’s complete Works List has been compiled by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma and is featured in its entirety on the William Grant Still page at The Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 of Still were released on Naxos 8.559603 (2009) and are worth hearing along with his earlier symphonies.

Pianist Roy F. Eaton Performs 80th Birthday Recital at Bargemusic in Brooklyn May 14

[Roy F. Eaton]

"What better way to celebrate his birthday than performing his favorites--Chopin and Joplin?
Roy Eaton answers his own question with a recital on Friday, May 14,2010. Would you believe---the 80th birthday of this father of 8 year old twins!!! He calls this his "Fourth Lifetime" and judging from recent events, he's right. January 21, the NY Times featured him in an article about his old neighborhood 'Sugar Hill' (see Then on March 26th,he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Come celebrate this banner year with him."

WHEN? Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8 PM
WHERE? Bargemusic in Brooklyn on the Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
ADMISSION? $35 ($30 senior,$15 student)
QUESTIONS? 718 624 2083 or 718 624 4061 [Scott Joplin (1868-1917) is profiled at]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Elaine Mack Discusses 'Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia' at Borders in Philadelphia April 22

[Elaine Mack]

Elaine Mack will give a lecture and sign copies of her book Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM at Borders Books, Broad and Chestnut, Philadelphia.

“The product of 14 years of work, this book consists of personal interviews with Black musicians who were born, bred, educated, or made major contributions to the musical life of Philadelphia.” Her website is:

Pianist Terrence Wilson Plays Piano Sonata of James Lee in Ritz Chamber Players Recital April 23

[Terrence Wilson]

[Above: Terrence Wilson. Below: Michael Daugherty Metropolis Symphony, Deus ex Machina; Terrence Wilson, pianist; Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Naxos 8.559635 (2009)]

AfriClassical has featured Pianist Terrence Wilson in recitals, orchestral appearances and his CD of Michael Daugherty's Deus ex Machina, Naxos 8.559635 (2009). On Friday, April 23, 2010 his recital program will include the Piano Sonata of James Lee, III, Composer-in-Residence of the Ritz Chamber Players.

Ritz Chamber Players Recital Series
Terrence Wilson, Pianist
Friday, April 23, 2010
8:00 p.m.
St. John’s Cathedral
256 East Church Street (Duval at Market Street)
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Free and open to the public! / Suggested Donation $10

Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Liszt Funérailles
Lee Piano Sonata
Barber Piano Sonata

“Since his professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, American pianist Terrence Wilson has established a reputation as one of today’s most gifted young instrumentalists. He has already appeared with many other prestigious ensembles including the Houston Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach, the Atlanta Symphony under Yoel Levi, the Cincinnati Symphony under Robert Spano, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the St Louis and Colorado Symphonies under Marin Alsop, the Minnesota orchestra, and the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Columbus Symphonies. He has also made highly acclaimed recital debuts in New York, at the 92nd Street Y, in Washington, at the Kennedy Centre, and in Paris, at the Louvre. In 1998 Mr. Wilson was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in May 2001 he graduated from the Juilliard School where he received the prestigious Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence and most recently the William Petschek Award.”

Composer Adolphus C. Hailstork in His Own Words at

[Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941)] is proud to announce a new biography of African American Composer Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) in his own words. An interview last week resulted in an April 16, 2010 post: “Composer Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University, Was Born April 17, 1941; Has 27 CDs.” The website now features the composer's comments on his entire career, including 53 years of composing, teaching since 1969, a vast body of works, and 27 recordings.

Prof. Hailstork is a forthright advocate of Music Education in public schools. He relates that his results on a Music Aptitude Test used in the State of New York entitled him to free lessons on an instrument of his choice. His efforts at Composition were encouraged at Albany High School, where the Orchestra Director told him “If you write it, we'll play it!” He concluded his remarks with the declaration “This is one person whose whole life started with public school Music!”

The composer wrote two musicals while a student at Howard University, The Race for Space and Kampus Kapers. He improvised for hours on the piano, but eventually concluded the organ was the instrument best suited to him: “About ten years ago, I started taking organ lessons again with a colleague on Old Dominion's staff, and really realized that was the instrument I should have stayed with and that is more natural to me than the piano is, because of the sustained sounds and the kind of rich textures that you can get on the organ.”

Prof. Hailstork commented on the large number of commissions he has continued to received for works for chorus and orchestra. He discussed the origins of each of his three symphonies, and explained that his tour of Ghana in 1996 led to the program on slavery in his Symphony No. 2. Material from other sources includes an excerpt from the program for his opera Joshua's Boots: “Set in 1878, Joshua's Boots is based on extensive research into the real 'wild west,' specifically the recently 're-discovered' historical importance of Black Cowboys and the all-black Buffalo Soldiers in the opening up of the country.”

Monday, April 19, 2010

Arts in Focus: 'the extraordinary violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama' replaces Cincinnati S. O. violist April 21 due to volcanic ash

[Rubinstein Sonatas; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Jennifer Lim, piano; EDI Records (2008)]
Arts in Focus
With Janelle Gelfand
Posted by jgelfand April 19th, 2010, 6:30 pm
“Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Paavo Jarvi is unable to get out of Germany in time for the orchestra’s annual season preview luncheon on Wednesday in Music Hall’s Ballroom, and plans to greet symphony fans via Skype.” “Meanwhile, his soloist, violist Isabelle van Keulen of The Netherlands, canceled her appearance here due to the disruptions in air travel caused by volcanic ash. The orchestra announced late Monday that the extraordinary violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama will step in to make her CSO debut in Berlioz’ 'Harold in Italy.'”

AfriClassical recently posted this comment on Nokuthula Ngwenyama's first appearance with the Kansas City String Quartet, March 14, 2010:
“Nokuthula Ngwenyama made her Kansas City debut with 'It's a String Thing' benefit concert for the Kansas City String Quartet Program (KCSQP). Her stunning performance with iconic cellist Matt Haimovitz, prolific chamber musician Andy Simionescu, and KCSQP Artistic Director and Faculty member Elizabeth Suh Lane, received shouts of, 'Bravo' and a full house standing ovation. Kansas City was graced with a electrifying moment in Classical Music. Many thanks!!
Roxanne Wu-Rebein
Executive Director
Kansas City String Quartet Program”
[Nokuthula Ngwenyama (b. 1976) is profiled at and her concert dates are found at:]

Carnegie Hall Premiere of Alvin Singleton's 'Brooklyn Bones' April 26

[Alvin Singleton]

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
Fort Greene Park
“The monument marks the site of a crypt for more than 11,500 men and women, known as the prison ship martyrs, who were buried in a tomb near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”
Peterborough, New Hampshire
American Opera Projects and The MacDowell Colony invite you to help celebrate MacDowell Colony Fellow Alvin Singleton's 70th birthday with a special event:
Monday, April 26, 2010
Performance: 7:30 p.m.
Reception: 9:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York
This program will feature the World Premiere of Georgia Shreve's Triptych -Trio - Oratorio: Portraits of the 20th Century and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Revolutionary War Prison Ship Martyrs.

Come for the music, stay to meet the composers.
The purchase of a ticket and reception package includes a full, premium open bar and a gathering with Georgia Shreve and Alvin Singleton directly following the performance. Ticket Information at

Ritz Chamber Players $25 Package: Spring Concert April 21 & Finale Concert June 9

[Ritz Chamber Players]

AfriClassical recently posted: “Ritz Chamber Players in Jacksonville Premiere of James Lee's 'The Appointed Time' on April 21.” Attendance at that concert can now be combined with attendance at the Season Finale Concert on June 9, at a special package price of $25.00.

The Ritz Chamber Players Special Offer
Remaining 2 concert for $25.00
Spring Concert - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Finale Concert – Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Purchase now and with your ticket enjoy a free glass of wine and $5 select appetizers from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Before the performance at b.b's Restaurant + Bar, 1019 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Comment on Adolphus Hailstork: 'I met him in the mid 80s when I was Education Coordinator for the Detroit Symphony.'

[Adolphus C. Hailstork]

“I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Adolphus Hailstork. I met him in the mid 80s when I was Education Coordinator for the Detroit Symphony. I had the pleasure of sitting next to him during the DSO's first performance of his oratorio, Done Made My Vow, with the Brazeal Dennard Chorale at the "Classical Roots" concert at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

“It was a unique experience to watch the work come alive through his response. My only regret was that as he rushed to the stage to acknowledge a thunderous, standing ovation the side entrance was locked! Fortunately, we were able to congratulate him at an elegant reception at Your Heritage House, hosted by its Executive Director, the late Josephine Harreld Love. Thanks for the memories! Phyllis” [Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is profiled at]