John Malveaux and Shanice Aaron
John Malveaux of
Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles under the baton of founder/conductor Charles Dickerson season opening concert was presented at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Nov 6, 2016. With anticipation of a solo performance by UCLA student and pianist Shanice Aaron, I went to my classical music library and listened to Natalie Ninderas. Natalie appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha at the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 1972. As a resident of Long Beach, California, Natalie Hinderas accomplishments as a female classical pianist and composer of African descent is of special interest to me. Natalie was a close friend of deceased Long Beach Superior Court Judge Marcus Tucker’s mother and Natalie visited the Tucker home in Long Beach before her astonishing debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Additionally, I reflected on multiple astonishing accomplishments for African Americans during the tenure of Maestro Zubin Metha and unequivocally crown Zubin Metha as the most significant conductor in the history of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra for the uplift of African Americans in classical music. Maestro Dickerson has also scheduled Shanice Aaron to perform with ICYOLA July 16, 2017 at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.