George Walker (b. 1922)
has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/
and is featured at AfriClassical.com
John Malveaux of
The National Association of Negro Musicians, an historic organization since 1919, presented a tribute to the incomparable living pianist, composer, and educator George Walker who was born June 27, 1922. The FREE tribute was part of the Thursday morning July 24, 2014 convention chorus/orchestra concert and strategically placed between popular musical excerpts associated or composered by Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin. The Walker tribute started with a brief bio introduction by President Byron Smith. The Convention Orchestra was conducted by Maestro Joseph R. Taylor and LYRIC FOR STRINGS was the single tribute piece. The venue was a modest ballroom in the Doubltree Los Angeles Westside.
The thought inspiring LYRIC FOR STRINGS composition along with the preparation, talent, and spirit of the players and conductor provided an experience matching a $350 seat in your favorite concert hall with a major orchestra of your choice.
Although George Walker was not present, I offer the opinion that the tribute was heartfelt, accurately performed and I thank the National Association of Negro Musicians for honoring George Theophilus Walker.