Wednesday, July 30, 2014

John Malveaux: “Politics of Music-Part 3”

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“Politics of Music-Part 3”
John Malveaux
July 30, 2014
The “Bicentennial Symphony” was not considered for performance during the proposed USOC fundraising concert and good will gesture to Soviet Union Olympic Team in 1980. The only piece committed for performance was Roy Harris “Fifth Symphony”. Roy Harris musical output offers over 200 pieces in a variety of formats.
Roy and Johana were guests during the administrations of several presidents including John Kennedy. At the time of his death, Roy Harris was composer laureate of the State of California.

In contrast to the Eisenhower Inaugural Concert, Tom Hanks was narrator of “A Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland during the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration at Lincoln Park

The Long Beach Central Area Association is a 23 year VOLUNTEER tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. MusicUNTOLD is the event production arm of LBCAA with website MusicUNTOLD is dedicating to expanding access to the arts by underserved populations and presenting arts and educational programs that promote diversity and human dignity.
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in the nation commemorating the ending of slavery. The Long Beach Central Area Association and City of Long Beach co-sponsored the 2009 Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration. The annual family Celebration includes multiple components starting with a parade. John Malveaux was selected to produce the concert component. The concert program at MLK Jr. Park featured the “Bicentennial Symphony”, Dr, Bobby Rodriquez (Latin Jazz) and Mighty Mo Rogers (Blues). Joseph R. Taylor, recipient of 2014 NANM Music Education Award, organized a reduced 68 piece pick-up MusicUNTOLD Orchestra and Zanaida Robles organized a reduced 28 voice pick-up MusicUNTOLD Chorale. Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee in Washington DC endorsed the Long Beach Juneteenth west coast premiere performance on June 13, 2014. The “Bicentennial Symphony” had not been performed in over 33 years. The USOC sent John Malveaux official Olympic sports wear as a good-will gesture.
The Los Angeles premiere of Roy Harris “Bicentennial” aka “14 Symphony” is scheduled January 17, 2015, Luckman Fine Arts Complex during the 150th Anniversary Concert to celebrate the 13th Amendment-ending slavery. Dr. Ulysses Simpson Kay “Once There Was A Man” and Aaron Copland “A Lincoln Portrait” are companion pieces. Dr. Kay was a member of the first United States cultural exchange with the Soviet Union along with Roy Harris. The performance of “Once There Was A Man” will also be a Los Angeles premiere.  The concert will be co-produced by California State University Los Angeles and MusicUNTOLD. Dennis Bartel, KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 FM,, will be the host. The Colburn Foundation and Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach are first sponsors. 

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