Wednesday, October 28, 2020

OperaWire.com: J’Nai Bridges & Ryan McKinny Headline ‘Monuments of Hope’ Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VfI9ZTHh1M&feature=emb_logo
OperaWire

October 27, 2020

By David Salazar

The Kennedy Center has unveiled the first installment of its “Come, Hope” series, an initiative by the Washington National Opera inspired by Beethoven’s “Fidelio.”

The video, entitled “Monuments of Hope” features mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny performing in front of D.C.’s most iconic monuments including the World War II Memorial, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Sith & I Historic Synagogue, the Hall of Nations, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Islamic Center of Washington, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, and Vietnam Women’s Memorial, among others.


John Malveaux: LA Phil Soundstage (Laphil.com/soundstage) episode 6 -Friday Oct 30, 2020

Kamasi Washington

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

LA Phil Soundstage (Laphil.com/soundstage) episode 6 -Friday Oct 30, 2020
Kamasi Washington performs an excerpt from his original score to BECOMING: An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama – a new documentary based on the former First Lady’s bestselling memoir.  

John Malveaux: HollywoodReporter.com: NAACP & CBS production deal


Sheila Ducksworth

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

NAACP & CBS production deal.  See https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-studios-taps-sheila-ducksworth-to-head-naacp-production-deal.  See pic Sheila Ducksworth

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Lee Sister Songwriters/Poets Receive SFPA Publication

Sister Songwriters and Poets Receive Poetry Recognition in SFPA Publications

(PHILADELPHIA, PA-OCTOBER 27, 2020):  HAZEL ANN LEE, a talented Black American poet, author and librettist, was recently recognized as a poet when her environmental sci-fi poem “Last Seen Sunset” was chosen to be included in the 2020 Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Star*Line Magazine Black Poet’s Edition 43.4 issue.  In addition, H.A. Lee’s exciting poem titled “Luna’s Midnight Escape” was chosen by SFPA in their online publication of 2020 Halloween Poetry Reading. Both publications include poems by a highly distinguished group of poets.

CYNTHIA COZETTE (a.k.a. CYNTHIA COZETTE LEE) is a multi-talented Black American contemporary classical composer and poet who also received a distinguished honor from SFPA in having her moving, original poem titled “Visit to Poe’s House” included in the 2020 Halloween Poetry Reading Publication online. Cynthia Cozette, who is H. A. Lee’s younger sister, remarks, “I am deeply honored to have my poem “Visit to Poe’s House” included in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association Annual Poetry Publication.” To hear the MP3 audio recordings of C. Cozette’s poem “Visit to Poe’s House”, H.A. Lee’s “Luna’s Midnight Escape” along with other scary Halloween poems for adults visit the following link and scroll down: https://www.sfpoetry.com/halloween.html

 

For more information contact the composer, Cynthia Cozette Lee, at Email: CynLee215@yahoo.com or visit her website at: https://www.cynthiacozettelee.com/

 

John Malveaux: PREMIERE performance of a 1941 song by Florence Price on a text by Langston Hughes: the "Monologue for the Working Class"

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)
(University of Arkansas)

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

PREMIERE performance of a 1941 song by Florence Price on a text by Langston Hughes: the Monologue for the Working ClassDr. Michael Cooper is responsible for this Florence Price revision and numerous other Florence Price and Margaret Bonds new discoveries and revisions.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uoX_9WMGbo&feature=emb_logo

 

John Malveaux: Observer.com: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee discusses diversity in opera

Lawrence Brownlee

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee discusses diversity in opera https://observer.com/2020/10/lawrence-brownlee-amici-e-rivali-album-profile/?fbclid=IwAR1Om3r3z9N4hYQqJw5bB_XTcraT6CPxcHOuF_kD39r6ChCi0936JA50p54

Marlon Daniel: I will be featured on the popular show 'Living the Classical Life' this Wednesday October 28 at 3pm EST on Instagram.


 Maestro Marlon Daniel writes:

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Family:

I just wanted to let you know I will be featured on the popular show 'Living the Classical Life'  this Wednesday October 28 at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Bard.edu: "On November 14, [Leon Botstein] will lead the Orchestra in the rarely heard Scherzi musicali by Black American composer Ulysses Kay"

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995)


The Orchestra Now (TŌN) has announced the addition of two more symphonic concerts to be livestreamed for free as part of its fall season. On November 1, Music Director and Founder Leon Botstein will conduct a program pairing 20th century works by Schoenberg, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, and R. Strauss with Handel’s Water Music; and on November 14, he will lead the Orchestra in the rarely heard Scherzi musicali by Black American composer Ulysses Kay. The concert will also feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 48 and works by Varèse and Hindemith. The livestreamed concerts are free and will be available for streaming after the performances.

SouthFloridaClassicalReview.com: Frost Symphony opening concert includes William Grant Still's "Darker America" and can be heard on YouTube

William Grant Still (1895-1978)


By Lawrence Budmen

October 25, 2020

Musical conservatories and educational institutions have had to adapt and innovate in the Covid 19 era in order to fulfill their mission. The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music has combined classroom and online learning with livestreamed performances presented before small, socially distanced audience.

On Saturday night, nearly 75 students and faculty members greeted conductor Gerard Schwarz and members of the Frost Symphony Orchestra at UM Gusman Concert Hall. For a critic who has not experienced live music since March, the event was doubly welcome. As usual Schwarz did not disappoint, spotlighting a rarely played work by a significant American composer and leading energetic readings of repertoire staples. (All the musicians and the conductor wore masks, except for the wind and brass players.)

William Grant Still was one of the first major African-American composers to write classical music. He penned over 200 works in virtually every musical medium and form. Darker America, a 12-minute tone poem written in 1924, combines elements of blues and jazz with the uplift of spirituals and sacred hymns. Still’s finely crafted score features introspective solo passages for winds and an active piano line, suggesting his early work as an arranger for big bands and Broadway.

Schwarz commanded tight ensemble and superbly controlled the tricky changes of meter. Even with one player to a stand and the musicians spread out across the stage, he managed to meld a cohesive corporate sonority. String textures were rich and the brass climaxes emerged with visceral impact. Still’s catalogue deserves further investigation and revival, particularly his later more austere efforts.

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Saturday’s Frost Symphony Orchestra concert is available for free viewing on YouTube.

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