Monday, October 20, 2014

Virginia Kay: Prof. Emily Abrams Ansari Wins ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Article on Ulysses Kay's Opera 'Jubilee'

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Emily Abrams Ansari, PhD
Assistant Professor (Musicology)
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada

The award-winning article by Prof. Emily Abrams Ansari is:

"Vindication, Cleansing, Catharsis, Hope": Interracial
Reconciliation and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism
in Kay and Dorr's Jubilee (1976)

It was published in American MusicVol. 31, No. 4
(Winter 2013),  pp. 379-419.  The link has been added
to the Ulysses Kay page.

Virginia Kay, daughter of Ulysses Kay, writes:

Dear Bill,

Emily Abrams Ansari
was chosen as winner of the ASCAP 

Deems Taylor Award for her article on Ulysses Kay's 
opera Jubilee, which was based on the novel by Margaret 
Walker. The author is based in Canada, so I'll represent 
her at the awards ceremony on November 12.​​ 

Good weekend to you,


The University of Illinois Press and 
provide this introduction to the article, which

of the possibilities of interracial collaboration and

Comments by email:

1) Hello Bill! What a happy surprise!​ I'm so glad
you decided to post it! I remember the premiere 
performance and, man, I sure won't forget the  
cocktail receptions with those Mississippi opera 
guild types. It's amazing to me that they (Dad
& Dorr) survived it!  But I had no idea of
what it  all meant at the national &
institutional levels. Emily puts it in perspective
and illuminates it, a real contribution. Thanks
again, Virginia [Virginia Kay]

2) Dear Bill, Thank you so much for sharing
my news with your readers! I am most
honored. There is no text as yet, but there
may yet be when I receive it officially in
November.  With best wishes, Emily [Emily
Abrams Ansari]

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