Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Performance Today with host Fred Child Takes On "Diversity in Classical Music" in Interviews with Sphinx Founder Aaron P. Dworkin and Others

The Finals of the 2016 Sphinx Competition were held in Detroit on Sunday, February 7, 2016.  On the following day, Performance today posted a page at its website called Diversity in Classical Music:

"African-Americans and Latinos account for 30% of the U.S. population, and that number is steadily rising. But only 4% of the members of American orchestras are Black or Latino.

"On Performance Today, we're launching a conversation about the value of diversity in classical music and how to invite in those who have been excluded explicitly or through unconscious bias. We'll talk about not only who is performing on stage, but who is in the audience. Who the composers are. Who the taste-makers and decision-makers are. This list of thought-provoking interviews will grow over the course of the year so come back to this page the year to learn more."

On February 24, 2016, about a third of the way through Hour One of the program, an excerpt is heard from Fred Child's interview with Aaron P. Dworkin, the Founder of the Sphinx Organization, and now Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at The University of Michigan.  That interview and others can be heard in their entirety at this page:

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