[Cellist Donald White. / Photo by Herbert Ascherman, Cleveland Orchestra]
Feb. 20, 2012
“Editor's note: To recognize Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, the Palladium-Item is publishing a daily historical tribute noting the impact of African-Americans and their history in the community.
“Cellist Donald White, a 1943 Richmond High School graduate, was the first black musician hired by the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 1957 and performed with the organization for nearly 40 years.”
“White retired from the Cleveland Orchestra in 1995. His wife, Dolores White, is a composer and pianist who worked at several colleges and music schools before retiring in 2000. She has had numerous commissions and grants to compose. Donald White died July 31, 2005.”