Monday, June 13, 2016

Activist Orchestra Will Sing Her Name Wed. July 13, 2016, New York Premieres of Works of Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth & New Work by Courtney Bryan

Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works Lists by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,

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Marlissa Hudson

John McLaughlin Williams

Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Terrance McKnight

Activist Orchestra will Sing Her Name

New York, NY, June 13, 2016 - Inspired by #SayHerName, activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished will present “Sinal injustice, and female activists and organizers of the historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements, will be held on July 13, 2016, marking one year since Sandra Bland's passing. The program features all female composers, including New York premieres of works by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth, and a newly commissioned choral work by Courtney Bryan, with text by Sharan Strange.

Under the artistic direction of James Blachly (known most recently for his acclaimed Rite of Spring Dance Party) and Grammy-award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, soloists include baritone Dashon Burton, vocalist Helga Davis, soprano Marlissa Hudson, and pianist Michelle Cann. The Dream Unfinished Orchestra will be led by concert master Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Fiddler on the Roof), and The Dream Unfinished Chorus will include members of Downtown Voices, Cantori New York, and other area ensembles.

In addition to musical selections, Sing Her Name will include appearances by Terrance McKnight (WQXR), Kimberle Crenshaw (African American Policy Forum), Gina Belafonte (, Farah Griffin (Columbia University), Agunda Okeyo (Sisters of Comedy), Farah Tanis (Black Women’s Blueprint), and other artists and speakers. Proceeds will go to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Black Women's Blueprint, and other civil rights organizations. Sing Her Name is presented by The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra, whose mission is to provide a platform for classical musicians to show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door. For more information please visit

This year, help us #SingHerName. Donate to our indiegogo campaign today. 

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