CBS News: An all African American orchestra plays at the Colour of Music festival
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A festival in South Carolina is trying to change the color of classical music. Less than four percent of classical American symphony musicians are African American, but that's not because of the talent pool.
Maestro Marlon Daniel conducts not only the orchestra, but the entire festival called the Colour of Music, now in its third year.
"You know a lot of musicians of color get pigeon-holed into jazz and hip-hop and all these things. It's a big stereotype," said Marlon.
"A lot of people think there are not any musicians of color out there doing classical music, when there actually are, in reality, tons of us."
Clarinetist Robert Davis says in most symphonies he sticks out as a black classical artist, but not here.
"You usually see the same ones, you know. But then I came down here, and there's a whole other group," Davis said of the festival. "It's like where are they coming from? So I was really shocked about that."
The festival also highlights black classical composers, like Adolphus Hailstork.
His "Church Street Serenade" was performed just one block away from the historic black church where a white gunman opened fire and killed nine people in June.
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