Sunday, July 31, 2011
Eliesha Nelson: 'Glen and I will be doing a CD release concert/party in Cayman the beginning of September.'
“Patrick D. McCoy interviews Author Elaine Mack about her new book: 'Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia'” Noon Aug. 2
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Violist Eliesha Nelson & Pianist Glen Inanga Make Strong Case for Varvara Gaigerova, Alexander Winkler & Paul Juon
Disclosure: A review copy of this CD was provided by the record label.
For many years Paris had a street named for General Richepance. In 2001 the City Council changed its name to Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, at the request of French citizens from the West Indies.
The original sign listed the date of birth as 1739, even though historians and most leading biographers have documented it as 1745. Gabriel Banat is author of the authoritative English language biography of Saint-Georges, The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow (2006). He engaged in a lengthy effort to obtain changes in the signs for the street. On 25 March 2010, the Office of the Mayor of Paris informed him of changes.
The new signs call the street “Rue du Chevalier Saint-George,” and give the dates “1745-1799.” They add that he was “Colonel de la légion des Américains et du Midi,” [“Colonel of the Legion of the Americans and of the South”] the Legion of mainly Black volunteers Saint-Georges commanded.
Thanks to Monsieur Gabriel BANAT. Jean-Claude HALLEY
Everett A. Lee III: 'After just reading articles on my Dad in AfriClassical...I decided to start with this email to you.'
Bet Haderej Retweets 'Leo Brouwer Presents 'Music of North America: Works by Jewish Composers' Aug. 4, Havana
Comment on Baltimore S.O.: 'Kishna Davis was outstanding' and ovation for Terrence Wilson 'lasted 10 minutes'
Friday, July 29, 2011
TheClassicalReview.com: 'Tami Lee Hughes celebrates violin music by African-American composers on Albany Records'
[Tami Lee Hughes; Legacy: Violin Music of African American Composers; Albany Records (2011)]
This is the first of two CDs of works of composers of African descent from The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) and Albany Records. A disc of symphonic works of Florence B. Smith Price is due to be released next month:
July 29, 2011
By Michael Quinn
“Violinist Tami Lee Hughes has recorded an album of works for solo violin and violin-and-piano duo by African-American composers for Albany Records. The program spans almost 200 years, with the earliest work featured, Bingham’s Cotillion, composed in 1820 by Francis Johnson. The most recent is Chad ‘Sir Wick’ Hughes’ S.L.I.C.E., which dates from 2009.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!! Greetings, Oficina Leo Brouwer
Boston.com: “'the sound of change' has been almost inaudible from the perspective of a child looking” at an orchestra
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
'LinkedIn SCT Group' posts Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's song 'You lay so still in the sunshine' by Lindqvist & Vogler Duo
Lindqvist & Vogler Duo in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's 'You lay so still in the sunshine' (1:20) on YouTube
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Byron Hanson on Everett Lee: 'Everett was in the room with his son and is therefore alive though nearly 100 years old!'
Monday, July 25, 2011
'Divertimento Notte blu (for String Orchestra and friends)' of Renée Baker Performed by Chicago Sinfonietta May 22 & 23
Divertimento Notte blu (for String Orchestra and friends) will be conducted by Mei-Ann Chen as part of Sinfonietta’s Women in Classical Music concert May 22 & 23, 2011
CHICAGO – Divertimento Notte blu (for String Orchestra and friends), composed by Renée Baker, will receive its World Premiere in two Chicago Sinfonietta concerts, Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 pm at Lund Auditorium of Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, and Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It will be included in the orchestra’s Women in Classical Music concert along with other notable works by women composers, including blue cathedral by Jennifer Higdon, An American Concerto by Gwyneth Walker, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Symphony No. 1 by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
The “friends” of the title are six of the most respected names in the world of jazz and improvised music: saxophonists Mwata Bowden and David Boykin, flutist Nicole Mitchell, vibist Bruce Nelson, cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker, and bassist Karl EH Siegfried.
Ms. Baker will conduct the orchestra and ‘friends’ in these premiere performances.Ms. Baker, in describing the concept behind Divertimento Notte blu, says “I envisioned the depths of the human condition and the melancholy that the examination nurtured led me to explore the face of human nature… In framing the human condition through sound, I have tried to touch both our conscious and unconscious states.” She continues, “Divertimento Notte blu beckons the listener to focus on the party of our lives awakened and to imagine the full randomness of our dream episodes.” It consists of eleven movements, but Baker advises listeners “Don’t try to follow the movements. That would equal the experience of trying to document your dreams every minute in the notebook on your nightstand.”
Renée Baker is founder/leader of thirteen contemporary music performance entities, including Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, FAQ tet, Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, Connoisseur Musica String Ensemble, the Renée Baker Trio, and several more. She has created eclectic chamber festivals for Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series, Norris Cultural Arts Center and Classical Symphony Hall. She programs and conducts the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble.
As a composer, Ms. Baker has penned compositions for her own groups, as well as the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble and Great Black Music Ensemble/AACM. In 2009, Ms. Baker’s compositions premiered in Umbria, Italy and also have been performed at Suoni Per Il Popolo in Montreal. Baker has presented her compositions in over twenty concerts for the Chicago State University Student Afternoon Recital Series. She has premiered over ten works on the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Series. Ms Baker was accepted into the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at Columbia University in July 2010. Renée Baker currently has over 900 compositions to her credit. She is currently working on commissions from the Gaudete Brass Quintet, the Harnegra Chamber Orchestra and a chamber opera commissioned by Chicago Modern Orchestra Project entitled Clarity of Job. In October 2010, her orchestral composition Sundown’s Promise for Taiko and Orchestra received its World Premiere with the Chicago Sinfonietta.
As a violinist/violist, she is the principal violist in the Chicago Sinfonietta, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Baker is one of the most sought after instrumentalists for chamber music as well as recitals. She has performed in major music festivals all over the world, including the Aspen Music Festival and the Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt). As a soloist, she has performed with John Sharp (Chicago Symphony) making her Ravinia debut in Don Quixote as well as with YoYo Ma and many other luminaries.
Chicago.BroadwayWorld.comApril 20, 2011
“Chicago Sinfonietta Bids Farewell to Founder Paul Freeman”
“Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's organic and accessible Symphony No. 1 is next on the jam-packed program, followed by an original composition by Sinfonietta principal violist Reneé Baker, titled Divertimento Notte blu (for String Orchestra and Friends), featuring the Sinfonietta and an ensemble comprised of some of Chicago's most exciting jazz musicians, including Nicole Mitchell on flute, David Boykin on tenor saxophone, Bruce Nelson on vibraphone, Mwata Bowden on baritone saxophone and Karl E.H. Siegfried on bass.”
“Chicago Sinfonietta – a fond farewell to Maestro Paul Freeman”
Kathryn J Allwine Bacasmot
ChicagoClassicalMusic.orgMay 27, 2011
“Following the intermission, and a video presentation documenting the career of Maestro Freeman, came the premiere of the commissioned work Divertmento Notte blu by Renée Baker (who also took to the podium to conduct her piece). Comprised of eleven brief movements 'for String Orchestra and friends,' to be performed without pause, one was instructed via the Ms. Baker’s program notes: 'Don’t try to follow the movements. That would equal the experience of trying to document your dreams every minute in the notebook on your nightstand.' I took her advice, and very much enjoyed the ride through her dreamscape 'ranging from inconsolable desolation to shuckin’ and jivin’ joy' – which included a terrific didgeridoo solo.”