Henry Panion III, PhD
University Professor of Music
Department of Music
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
“Here We Are” was commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963 and the tragic deaths of four children.
The 2016 Classical Roots Celebration Concert from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Watch online – Tonight at 8pm - Courtesy of Detroit Public TV:
Learn more: http://www.dso.org/classicalroots
Classical Roots is an important Detroit Symphony Orchestra tradition. For 37 years, the Classical Roots concert has celebrated African-American contributions to classical music. Tonight, guest conductor Roderick Cox leads NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis and soprano Laquita Mitchell in paying tribute to Jessye Norman and the late Dr. Silas Norman Jr, with a program featuring Gershwin, Marsalis' own composition, and more.
Learn more about the concert and its background by visiting http://www.dso.org/classicalroots.
The mission of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration is to increase awareness of the contributions of African-American composers and musicians through performance and recordings and to support increased opportunities for African-Americans in classical music through the DSO’s African-American Composer Residency, Emerging Composer Program, and African-American Fellowship.
Detroit Public TV is proud to partner with the DSO, furthering coverage of Detroit-focused stories through our One Detroit initiative. To learn more about One Detroit, visit http://dptv.org/onedetroit.
Enjoy the world’s most accessible orchestra, the DSO.