Sunday, February 12, 2012

John Malveaux: Composers Adams, Hailstork, Owens, Thompson & Davis at African American Art Song Alliance Conference

[Anthony Davis]

John Malveaux of sends these thoughts:

“Although I was unable to attend to first and final days of THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ART SONG ALLIANCE Roots and Branches CONFERENCE Feb 9-12, 2012 Claire Trevor School of the Arts - Music University of California, Irvine, the Friday and Saturday sessions were historic and reminded me of President Obama’s recent ‘State of the Nation’ covering the past, present, and future.

High standard lectures and performances were presented by researchers and first class artists from coast to coast and even from Munich, Germany. The 70 + page program is a collection item that include a resource outline by Dr. Hansonia L. Caldwell and reference information from other noted contributors. Appropriately, the Curator of Music and Performing Arts of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture was an attendee.
A significant number of different professional talent performed works by a wide range of composers. Special tributes were staged in honor of composers H. Leslie Adams and Robert Owens. Both composers were in attendance and Robert Owens performed at length during the gala event.
The panel discussion, PRESENCE of BLACK COMPOSERS in OPERA included H. Leslie Adams, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Robert Owens, Richard Thompson, and Anthony Davis. MusicUNTOLD greatly thank and appreciate Dr. Taylor for 15 years of service and bringing academia, extraordinary talent, composers and significant others to a single location for learning, sharing, networking, performances, and several world premieres. I am INSPIRED.” [H. Leslie Adams and Adolphus C. Hailstork are featured at, which features a comprehensive Works list for H. Leslie Adams by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,]

Comment by email:
Bill, What a nice comment by John Malveaux on the AASA Convention.  His response was certainly shared by all attendees.  H. Leslie Adams

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