Thursday, July 31, 2014
John Malveaux: Bell Ringing Ceremony Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of Korea Liberation Day at the Korean Friendship Bell, 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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USPS.com: 'U.S. Colored Troops at Petersburg Highlighted on Civil War Stamps' July 30; Confederates killed many soldiers trapped in the crater
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Dominique-René de Lerma: American University, Washington, D.C., Invites Applicants for Position of Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Dominique-René de Lerma:
The Department of Performing Arts in the College of Arts
and Sciences at American University invites applications
for a tenure-track position in Ethnomusicology at the
rank of assistant professor to begin in August 2015. A
strong commitment to research and demonstrated
excellence in teaching are expected. Area of specialization
is open. Responsibilities include continuing professional
scholarly activities, teaching undergraduate courses for
majors and non-majors, student mentoring, and
participating in departmental and university service. The
search committee will begin reviewing applications on
September 24, 2014 and continue until the position
is filled. American University is an Affirmative Action
employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or
protected Veteran status. American University is a
tobacco and smoke free campus.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology;
ABD with projected completion date prior to
appointment start will be considered.
Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three
letters of recommendation. Please email materials
(preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or send by
mail to: Ethnomusicology Search, Department of
Performing Arts, Katzen Arts Center, American
University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20016-8053.
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U.S. Ambassador Sue K. Brown: 'I would like to thank you and the members of Morgan State University Choir for your outstanding performances in Montenegro'
Dr. Eric Conway forwards this letter from Ambassador Sue K. Brown:
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Monday, July 28, 2014
a commission to write a symphony for me. After
some thought and asking me a few questions, Roy
Harris said he did not know what to write about
me and he was presently committed to write a
symphony and his age may be a challenge. Roy
Harris shared that the Soviet Union Olympic
Committee asked him to write a symphony for the
opening of the 1980 Summer Olympics Games in
Moscow that would receive an international
broadcast. He somewhat apologetically asked if I
would accept the symphony he would write for
the 1980 Summer Olympic Games as my requested
commissioned work. I asked my attorney, Martin
Blank Jr., to prepare an agreement. Roy Harris and
I signed the agreement.
Monica Hospital, the score was on a table near his
bedside. Roy Harris did not complete the symphony.
The name of the score suggested a reference to me.
Committee with the idea for me to organize a
concert honoring Roy Harris featuring the New York
Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center Avery
Fisher Hall. The concert would be a “good will”
gesture to the Soviet Union Olympic Committee and
a fundraiser for the USOC. After discussion and
reaching mutual agreement with the USOC, I asked
my attorney, Martin Blank Jr., to prepare the
agreement. Colonel R. Don Miller, Director of
Fundraising for the USOC and I signed the agreement.
AT&T was suggested as a potential sponsor by
the USOC. I met with two AT&T executives but
did not reach an agreement and a second meeting
was scheduled to continue the planning.
victories during the Winter Games in Lake Placid, I
received an unexpected telephone call at the
Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Colonel R. Don Miller said
the USOC will be unable to complete the contract
with me because “President Carter will announce
a boycott of 1980 Summer Games TOMORROW”.
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Morgan State University
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Southbank Centre, London: Wednesday 17 September 2014 'Youth Orchestra of Bahia' [Brazil] Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Eric Conway, D.M.A.: 'Dr. Nathan M. Carter, Jr. Tribute' Morgan State University Alumni Choir, July 26, 2014, 5 PM, New Shiloh Baptist Church
Many were not able to make the stellar tribute concert to Dr. Nathan Carter last evening. Please see program attached for your review.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Southbank Centre, London: Sunday 14 September 2014 Kinshasa Symphony: The Kimbanguiste Orchestra and Chorus, Congo, Royal Festival Hall
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Friday, July 25, 2014
Errollyn Wallen: 'ANON receives its London premiere this Saturday July 26th at 7pm at Platform Theatre, Central St Martins, London'
Hear me talking about the operas on In Tune last week. I'm in the last 20 minutes.
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THREE FACES OF RACISMDominique-René de LermaScenario 1. James DePriest is engaged as conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebéc, not for the color of his skin, but the character of his talent.Scenario 2 . Dean Dixon never had an orchestra in his own country, not because of the character of his talent, but the color of his skin.Scenario 3. Paul Freeman established the Chicago Sinfonietta because of the character of his talent and the color of his skin.Now let's consider the following variations: Politician X received his education with the benefit of affirmative action, which he now opposes. Conductor X refuses to schedule any music not composed by a fellow African American. Professor X makes no notice of the race of his students.Racism seems basically to mean two different things, depending on how it applies and who does the application. We certainly have never had difficulty in witnessing the negative version. This has been manifest openly in the case of hate organizations and has been thinly hidden when code words were used: "of Oriental persuasion" was the previous term for anti-Semites.When I was guest lecturer at a predominately Caucasian university, a faculty member during the Q&A session asked "Why can't we just consider good music to be just that and forget about race?" This was like a newspaper editorial, anticipating the new exhibit at the local gallery, which stated "Romare Bearden was a great artist who just happened to be Black" (like such an apology should excuse Wagner for being German!).Affirmative action was an effort to compensate the current generation for the wrongs previously inflicted in the past, but this was soon regarded as an anti-White policy.Then the act was defined as a benefit to the majority population as one of diversity. In came students who knew the spiritual first-hand, who brought with them that precious aspect of American culture which had been lacking on campus. A substantial part of this refreshed perspective was Black culture. How enriched is that faculty that has a minority member in the music education department (whose students may soon be faced with "others" in the classroom), or a Black choral conductor who will not deprive students of a wider concept of performance practice! President Obama cannot be asked to address only Black issues, but is to be lauded for the distinct sensitivity his own experience provided to support "My brother's keeper." Entities without cultural diversity are impoverished.Now we have the case of a vacancy in the voice department. Especially if there is a Black member already on the faculty, we can expect, even assume, there will be at least one vote to support that candidacy -- assuming all applicants on the short list are qualified. To reject that applicant might be racially motivated, just as to express support could be race-positive.This is one of those times when the ugliest of manifestations might come into play: campus politics. Behind-the-scenes meetings, closed-door conferences, quid pro quo agreements, tacit political alliances and other manipulations quite apart from teaching, which is why a faculty is hired.Some of this may be part of a scene enacted in the past two years in the case of Dr. Alfred Duckett. This is a young, enormously gifted talent, soon approaching mid-career maturity. I can attest to this; he took every course I offered at the Peabody Conservatory when he was working on his master's degree. Nothing would stop his passion for information. He then secured his doctorate at Catholic University, and his academic appointments that followed were impressive: Southern Illinois University, Syracuse University, St. Augustine College, Allen University, Clark Atlanta University. He has conducted Eastman's Gateways Festival Orchestra, the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, the Atlanta Community Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Small wonder that Oklahoma's Cameron University engaged him with tenure da capo. Here his students rated him at the top. "He was an awesome teacher! .. very interesting VERY funny and VERY serious and super musician..."But then, as Robert Merriwether reported (10 March 2014) on the internet, "Black professor faces dismissal for being too Black." Two days later, Colleen Flaherty outlined the sordid history ("Free speech or hostility?") noting that the American Association of University Professors had come to Dr. Duckett's aide.On 24 July, Jackson State University won its new music chairman: Dr. Alfred Duckett. They won't find him too Black.------------------------------------Dominique-René de Lerma
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John Malveaux with Dr. Willis Patterson, 'professsor emeritus of voice at University of Michigan' and author of 'Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers'
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John Malveaux: National Association of Negro Musicians presents George Walker Tribute July 24, 2014 at its National Convention
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bozoma Saint John, Graduate of Wesleyan University and Senior Vice President of Beats Music, in Advertising Hall of Achievement Class of 2014
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