Tuesday, May 22, 2018

World Premiere Of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story June 15-17, Logan Center

Hyde Park School of Dance

Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) celebrates its home base—Hyde Park—and its hometown—Chicago—with a world premiere to kick off its 25th anniversary season: Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story. Performances are June 15–17, 2018 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.
Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amira is the story of a young girl forced to leave her native country without her mother, arriving in Chicago and struggling to make a home in Hyde Park. The story follows the events of the traditional Cinderella story, leading to a Masked Ball in Hyde Park and a young man who becomes smitten with Amira. When she runs away at midnight, he and his friends search various Chicago neighborhoods trying to find her—Little India, downtown, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park—until they meet at a place that is special to both of them.
“Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story celebrates Chicago’s South Side and its diverse neighborhoods, as well as the perseverance of immigrants to make a home in a new place,” commented Tye. “We also hope to provide positive images of young girls as strong, smart, and capable.”
The cast includes more than 130 dancers age seven to adult. Tye is directing the production and collaborating with seven HPSD faculty members to create the choreography. Tye is also working closely with Costume Designer Jacquelyn Sanders on this modern Cinderella story and professional photographer Damien Thompson to create projection scenery featuring the neighborhoods of Chicago. 
University of Chicago Lab School senior Olivia Issa, who is performing the title role in two of the four performances, is also involved in a special feature of the costumes. “Olivia is thrilled to combine her love of dance and her curiosity and drive for computer coding to help create Amira’s magical gown, which will light up, and the glowing fireflies for her transition into her ball costume,” said Tye.

Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story takes place Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, June 16 at 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago.
Tickets, which go on sale May 8, are $25 for adult general admission seating,
$20 for seniors (ages 65+), $15 for children ages six through 18 and
students of all ages with ID, and free (ticket required) for children five and younger.

Tickets and information are available at
773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org/tickets.

Curtis Institute of Music: George Walker is the recipient of the President's Alumni Award

George Walker

Curtis Institute of Music:

Curtis alumnus George Walker’s Lyric for Strings was performed by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on April 29, and he received the President's Alumni Award at Commencement in May. Fellow alumnus William Short (Bassoon '10) asked Mr. Walker about his Curtis memories.

Evening lessons with Rudolf Serkin in a room “so dark you could hardly see the keys.” The Common Room, “so elegant, and so removed from all the things that one knew existed—bigotry even in churches, and in the restaurants—but when you walked in there, it was so peaceful and so elegant.”

Into this evocative environment entered the young George Walker (Piano and Composition ’45), who after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist, and advocate for social justice. His latest work, Sinfonia No. 5, deals with the 2015 Charleston church massacre; the National Symphony will premiere it in the 2019–20 season.

Initially admitted alongside longtime friend Seymour Lipkin (Piano ’47) as a piano student of Rudolf Serkin, George soon found himself unable to expend his seemingly boundless energy solely through piano-related pursuits: “I needed to do more than practice five hours a day.” He began to study composition with the legendary Rosario Scalero, whose insistence on starting every one of his students with the fundamentals of counterpoint fascinated George. “The more linear aspects of writing,” while not necessarily of interest to every composer of his generation, were definitely of interest to him. He made it his goal “to infuse what I do with some of these elements which are considered archaic,” but to use them “so that they don’t seem academic.”

Impressively for a man who, in addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, has been awarded seven honorary doctorates (including one from Curtis, in 1997) and two Guggenheim Fellowships and has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other accolades, George’s most earnest desire is “just to have people hear my music. That’s all I want.”

—William Short (10), principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

John Malveaux: May 21 Grand Opening of AFM's Burbank, CA Headquarters

John Malveaux and Dale Briedenthal

John Lofton and John Malveaux

John Malveaux of 

May 21, 2018 Grand Opening-Dedication (American Federation of Musicians Local 47) new headquarters in Burbank, Ca included opportunity to meet and chat with John Acosta, President, and Rick Baptist, Vice President of AFM Local 47. Musical performances included LA Phil Quartet. See 2nd Violinist Dale Briedenthal. Also see pic of John Lofton who is a director of AFM Local 47 and Bass Trombonist with LA Phil.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Pride Publishing Group: National Museum of African American Music adds ‘senior curator’

Dr. Dina M. Bennett

Pride Publishing Group

May 17, 2018

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has hired renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Dina M. Bennett as senior curator. Bennett has over 30 years’ experience in the music field and specializes in African American music and culture.

Bennett previously served as the associate director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., director of education at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss., and the manager of collections and exhibitions at the American Jazz Museum (AJM) in Kansas City, Mo. During her AJM tenure, she oversaw the museum’s temporary and permanent collection exhibitions, and also served as the co-curator and consulting ethnomusicologist for the museum’s John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection Exhibition (2009), the first addition to the jazz museum’s permanent exhibition since its opening in 1997.

“It is an honor that Dr. Bennett has joined our team,” said NMAAM President/CEO Henry Beecher Hicks III. “Her expertise is unmatched, and I’m positive that her work with NMAAM will result in an exceptional experience for our museum guests.”

Originally from Topeka, Kan., Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Washburn University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology with a minor in African American and African Diaspora studies from Indiana University.

The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in 2019, will be the only museum solely dedicated to educating, preserving and celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will share the story of the American Soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the present.

Harlem Chamber Players: Final Concert of the Season: Harlem Songfest, 7 PM June 1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY 10027

Click here for directions.
Click here to view and print a flyer.

We will close our 10th Anniversary Season with a gala concert, presenting some of the best voices in Harlem—Met Opera sopranos Janinah Burnett and Brandie Sutton, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Chauncey Packer, and baritone Kenneth Overton. Conductor David Gilbert will lead an orchestra comprised of members of The Harlem Chamber Players.

($5 off if you buy online in advance.)

Reserved center orchestra seating plus your name printed as a supporter of this concert.
$30 is deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert. Cash or checks only.
No credit cards will be accepted at the door. You may use your credit card if you purchase online.

Mozart Ouverture from Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)
Mozart "Deh vieni, non tardar" from Le Nozze di Figaro
Donizetti "Vieni o tu che ognor io chiamo" from Caterina Cornaro
Verdi "Re dell'abisso affrettati" from Un Ballo in Maschera
Mozart "Soave il vento" Trio from Così fan tutte
Puccini "Addio fiorito asil" from Madama Butterly
Offenbach "Barcarolle" Duet from Les contes d'Hoffmann
Gounod "Poison Aria" from Roméo et Juliette
Verdi "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto
Delibes "Sous le dôme épais" (Flower Duet) from Lakmé
Verdi "Per me giunto" from Don Carlo
Mozart "Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" from Don Giovanni
Bizet "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" from Carmen
Bizet "Au fond du temple saint" Duet from Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers
Mozart "Ach, ich liebte" from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Verdi "Bella figlia dell'amore" Quartet from Rigoletto

Rebeca Omordia in Recital at St. George the Martyr, London, 1 PM May 29

Rebeca Omordia

Rebeca Omordia announces:


  •  - 
  • St George the Martyr, London

Duo recital with Joseph Spooner, cello

Matthew Taylor - Sonata for cello and piano op. 29
Matthew Taylor - Fantasy Pieces op. 30

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: The Yin and the Yang! (2:51)

Aaron P. Dworkin writes:

Greetings and welcome to this week's episode of AaronAsk, your weekly mentoring session to live a fulfilling creative life!  This week's episode is titled, The Yin and the Yang!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Guardian: Sancho play portrays slave who became first black British voter

Paterson Joseph
(Photo by Robert Day)

It began as a quixotic project three years ago in local theatre. Now the story of the man who was born on a slave ship and became the first black Briton to vote has taken on new urgency, post the Windrush scandal, as it opens at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall after a run in New York.

Paterson Joseph, a Royal Shakespeare Company actor and a familiar face in the TV series Casualty and Peep Show, wrote Sancho: An Act of Remembrance initially out of frustration, he says, at the lack of roles for black actors in period dramas. It has developed into something with much wider significance. And in the heat of the Windrush scandal, it’s become more poignant than ever before.

The play tells the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho, who was born on a slave ship bound for New Granada (modern-day Colombia). His mother died at his birth and his father killed himself shortly afterwards. For years, the young Sancho battled servitude and the prejudice of 18th-century London. But he emerged to become a prominent actor and musician, befriending along the way the artist Thomas Gainsborough, who painted his portrait.

Anthony R. Green: Some upcoming events from Castle of our Skins

Anthony R. Green writes:


I would like to share with you some upcoming performances by Castle of our Skins, where new music and music in the repertoire will be featured!

AIN'T I A WOMAN: $15/$10/Free, Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:30 PM, Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA
The Ain't I A Woman project explores Black Feminism through arts, spoken word, history, and music. Featured works are Bear (world premiere) by Jessica Mays, and other works by Jacqueline B. Hairston, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, and L. Viola Kinney, and Nkeiru Okoye. 

CROSSING THAT LINE TO FREEDOM : 3 PERFORMANCES (all free) - 1) May 31, 2018, 6PM, Codman Square Library, Dorchester, MA; 2) June 1, 2018, 12:30PM, Copley Square Library, Boston, MA; and 3) June 7, 2018, 6PM, West End Library, Beacon Hill, MA. The Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of our Skins join forces to showcase the lives and stories of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Paul Robeson through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals, and history, their lives - and those of other legendary liberators - take center stage. Music by Nkeiru Okoye, Adolphus Hailstork, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Margaret Bonds, and Undine Smith Moore. 

Thank you very much!


Anthony R. Green

Sergio Mims: CBS: The Kanneh-Masons: The Family That Plays Together

Kanneh-Mason Family
(CBS Sunday Morning)

Sergio A. Mims sends this link to a story on cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, his six musically talented siblings, and their parents:

CBS Sunday Morning
The Kanneh-Masons: The Family That Plays Together

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oakland Public Conservatory Spring Concert May 20, 2018, 3 PM, Oakland, CA

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music is pleased to invite you to the 

Join us for a wonderful afternoon at the beautiful Edna Brewer Middle Panther Playhouse to showcase our students and faculty! Feel the excitement as these young musicians prepare to give their all in performance and make their families and community proud. 

Parents, family, friends, colleagues, supporters, and neighbors - come one, come all for an afternoon of music performance, fun, laughter, and togetherness! Open to the public.

This special event features students from our Afterschool and Saturday school programs at Westlake Middle School, Edna Brewer Middle School, and Lodestar. Performances also include the OPC-SFJAZZ Academy Ensemble and our pre-professional training group, the Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble, with the production crew, Black Girls Play.

2017-18 Faculty 

Gary Brown-bass; Marco Diaz-trumpet/piano; Zack Pitt-Smith-saxophone; Randy Porter-guitar; Michaelle Goerlitz-percussion; Angela Wellman-trombone; 

OPC Saturday School 
Ava Square-Levias-piano/music fundamentals; Pablo Soto Campoamor-percussion; Randella Jones-violin, piano

OPC Afterschool/Satellite Programs 
Pablo Soto Campoamor-percussion; Jeff Worrall-guitar/trumpet; Benjamin Martinez-guitar/bass

Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble 
Jon Jang-director

Black Girls Play 
Mary Goree-Music Industry; Cadence Ware-drums; Angela Wellman-trombone; Randella Jones-violin/piano

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE and Sheku Kanneh-Mason Tweet About Royal Wedding

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE @chichinwanoku tweets:

Yes playing from the heart & making us so proud wedding

Sheku Kanneh-Mason tweets: With ahead of the service


Sheku Kanneh-Mason, royal wedding cellist, gives breathtaking performance

John Malveaux: Wendy Smith Brune on KJAZZ Radio 88.1 FM 7 PM Sun., May 20

Wendy Smith Brune

John Malveaux of 

Save the date & time - May 20, 2018, 7:00 PM, KJAZZ 88.1 FM interview and delayed broadcast of Wendy Smith Brune May 4, 2018 performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art Friday Jazz.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The MET Orchestra: Soprano Pretty Yende sings Mozart Tuesday, June 5, 8 PM

Pretty Yende
(Gregor Hohenberg)

The MET Orchestra

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 8 PM 

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Michael Tilson Thomas makes his MET Orchestra debut conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a dazzling Mozart motet, and a work by Ruggles—a composer, like Mahler, for whom Tilson Thomas has a special affinity. Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate is wonderfully exuberant and culminates in spectacular coloratura fireworks that are ideally suited to the “silky, flexible sound” (The New York Times) of soprano Pretty Yende. She also sings the child’s praise of heavenly joys in the finale of Mahler’s symphony, a work that glows with a sense of wonder and magic.                         

‘The Nation’ Launches Black On Campus With the Anna Julia Cooper Center

Students at the University of Missouri protest the university's handling of racist incidents, November 9, 2015. 
(AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

Ten emerging storytellers shine the light of truth upon the lived experiences of black college students.
This release was also just published here.

New York, NY—May 18, 2018The Nation, America’s leading source of independent journalism, progressive politics, and culture, today announced the launch of Black on Campus (#BlackOnCampus), an extension of our long-standing commitment to the education, training, and support of student and emerging journalists. Produced in partnership with the Anna Julia Cooper Center of Wake Forest University, Black on Campus is a national program for 10 storytellers—chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants—in two- or four- year colleges, universities, or graduate schools, working under the direction of Nation contributing editor Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry), founding director of the AJC Center and Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, and Dr. Sherri Williams (@SherriWrites), assistant professor of race, media, and communication at American University.

Black on Campus allows participants to develop professional skills as they document the experiences of black college students and report on issues of national consequence. For the next several weeks, The Nation will bring you reporting from the talented young writers of the Black on Campus cohort as they follow in the examples of Ida B. Wells and Anna Julia Cooper—righting wrongs by shining the light of truth upon them to reframe our understanding of the political, cultural, and personal implications of race, in pursuit of a better nation.

In her introduction to the series, Harris-Perry discusses “What It’s Like to Be Black on Campus Now.” “Suddenly our experiences no longer seem isolated,” she explains. “They’re linked in a larger movement against institutional racism.” The inaugural essay by UVA Junior Alexis Gravely (@_AlexisWasHere) begins where the academic year began—with racial violence: “At the University of Virginia, Black Students Are Still Recovering From August 11.”

Since January, student writers have met monthly with the Black on Campus journalism squad and traveled to Washington, DC, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On June 1st, they will attend The Nation’s annual Student Journalism Conference at The New School in New York City.

For booking requests or further information, please see contact information above.

About The Nation:
Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cultural life from the debut of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent, and progressive voice in American journalism.

About The AJC Center:
The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University with a mission of advancing justice through intersectional scholarship.

The AJC Center supports, generates, and communicates innovative research at the intersections of gender, race, and place, sustaining relationships between partners on campus and throughout the nation in order to ask new questions, reframe critical issues, and pursue equitable outcomes.

The AJC Center supports a postdoctoral fellowship and undergraduate research; convenes faculty, researchers, and community through seminars and roundtable discussions; and hosts local and national events and residencies. The AJC Center is the administrator of the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research.

The Center is named for scholar, educator, and author Anna Julia Cooper, whose pioneering scholarship and activism laid the foundation for black American feminism and insisted on the importance of Southern voices in American politics.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Regina Harris Baiocchi: Please join me and 6Degrees Composers 18 May, 7:30 PM

Regina Harris Baiocchi writes:

Dear Family & Friends, please join me and 6Degrees Composers

  • Friday, 18 May, 7:30 PM
  • Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan, Ganz Hall, 7th Floor
  • An hour of original compositions (see attached flier)
  • FREE admission, reception; bring a friend or 10
  • RSVP: 312-253-7453

Southbank Centre: Wayne Marshall conducts Chineke! Orchestra in London, July 21

Southbank Centre

21 July

Classical music


Chineke! Orchestra returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Utopia in a jazz-infused programme.

Wayne Marshall conducts the Chineke! Orchestra in works by Copland, Gershwin, Ibert, Julian Joseph, and Kurt Weill, featuring American pianist Stewart

Copland’s theatrical and catchy Music for the Theater opens the concert, and Marshall leads the Orchestra in two of classical music’s most entertaining works: Gershwin’s virtuoso jazz version of Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Stewart Goodyear in his QEH debut, and Ibert’s entertaining Divertissement.

Julian Joseph, whose innovative and classically infused music appeals to global audiences, also presents the world premiere of ‘Carry That Sound’ at this concert.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

John Malveaux: Tri-City News: God gives me complete scores, composer says

Gina Williams of Coquitlam, British Columbia
(Tri-City News)

John Malveaux of 

Composer Gina Williams shared the following article with MusicUNTOLD after a lengthy conversation with John Malveaux. 

May 15, 2018

Gina Williams has many natural talents.

The Coquitlam resident writes songs, performs around the world in multiple languages and acts on television series — most recently, Riverdale, Rogue and Haters Back Off!

And next month, Williams starts a North American tour to promote her latest album that contains eight tracks she said were gifts from God.

Olympiad, she said, is the result of “The Big Guy” telling her to publish a classically inspired CD.

“I heard Him say, ‘Do an orchestral album,’” the self-described “Jesus Freak” said as she easily switched between a pop standard and opera, from an Yamaha upright piano in her Blue Mountain Park apartment. “So I did.”

Luckily, she had a few original compositions up her sleeve when the order came down.

The daughter of a math and physics teacher, the former child prodigy said she conceived Olympiad at 15 after receiving complete orchestral scores from God.

But, at the time, she didn’t write them down.

Later, at the University of Alberta, where she earned her master’s degree in piano performance in 2000, the concert pianist would tuck away to scribble the notes she heard from up above.

Fellow students and professors would see her madly composing in the hallways — or on the bus, en route to school — but they didn’t reach out to encourage her, she said.

“I would write down all this music from God then just throw it into the drawer,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do with it.”

Soon, she started to realize her songwriting talent and others did, too.

In 1999, she received a commission to pen the anthem for Grenada’s 25th anniversary of independence. And, over the next few years, she self-published three albums — in three different genres — as well as digital copies of her sheet music.

Rick Robinson: Draylen Mason Concert 7:30 PM May 30, Jam Handy Bldg., Detroit, MI

Draylen Makes makes 1st down

Rick Robinson writes:

May 15, 2018

Dear Friends,       

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, I am very driven to raise awareness of the young bassist killed on March 12 in Austin, TX by a bomb left on his porch. Concealed in an unmarked package, Draylen Williams Mason took it inside hoping for some unexpected gift from a friend. In the kitchen, with his mother nearby, it blew up in his face and all the confidence, talent, kindness and potential of this student musician just starting out, was lost.
Yet his story doesn't have to end there.

I've dedicated works to Dray in recent CutTime® concerts, and will continue to do so. But on May 30 (W) at 7:30pm in the Jam Handy Building at 2900 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, CutTime Simfonica will launch what will hopefully be a series of free, special concerts we can take all over the country to draw attention to him and infect young students with Dray's determination, focus and generosity.

We will have video projections of many pictures and videos of Dray and his friends, plus poetry tugging at the heartstrings to gorgeous and dramatic music mixed with soul that he might have played someday. We'll also feature local cellist Joshua McClendon, who is heading to Juilliard in the Fall, playing the opening movement of the Haydn 1st Cello Concerto.

Other music includes my elegiac compositions First Grief and Elegy (2009), lighter works such as Ellington's Martin Luther King and my Pork 'n Beans, plus music of Sibelius, Mozart, Bach and others.

We hope you will attend, invite friends to this FREE event with food, and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the concert via Fractured Atlas. Contributions can also be made to help Dray's family pay medical expenses and house repair.

Street parking along Grand Blvd. will be guarded and the dress code is strictly come-as-you-are.

This event is made possible in part by the Sphinx Organization and by generous donors like you. See you there!

- Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime)