music can be easily generalized as a white, European art form. But the
last 150 years proves that it's an art that is more diverse and nuanced.
example, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), the son of a planter
and his slave, was a virtuoso violinist and conductor of orchestras in
Paris. And Beethoven wrote for the famous violinist named George
Bridgetower, who was of African and Polish ancestry.
In the 20th century, classical music became an art form for anyone who wanted it. Our series, African-American Voices, highlights
the contributions of some of the most influential classical musicians
of the U.S., who also happen to be black and in most cases overcame
tremendous discrimination and hostility just to perform music.
[George Bridgetower, William Levi Dawson, James DePreist, Florence B. Price, Francis Johnson, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and George Walker are profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features Works Lists for Bridgetower, Dawson and Price by Dr.
Dominique-René de Lerma,www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.]