Monday, December 10, 2018

John Malveaux: Annelle Gregory was soloist in 150th anniversary of Emancipation

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As a high school teen in 2012, violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory was a soloist during the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation Concert co-presented by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC classical radio. Violinist Sanford Allen, first African American violinist hired by the New York Philharmonic as a regular member also performed on the program. Annelle subsequently attended USC Thornton School of Music, studied under Glenn Dicterow (retired concert master of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra) where she graduated summa cum laude. Please see Annelle’s 2019   schedule See pic of violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory and Sanford Allen with performers and organizers of 150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation Concert in Los Angeles. Sanford Allen is 2nd from left-first row and Annelle is 2nd from right standing. 

John Malveaux: Ryan Speedo Green: Delinquency to opera star

Ryan Speedo Green performs
  Metropolitan Opera

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From Juvenile delinquency to opera stardom

December 9, 2018


AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: Stop, In the Name of Love!


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, Stop, In the Name of Love!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Grant Enables Update of Scott Joplin's Opera "Treemonisha"

Scott Joplin

Palo Alto Online

Dec. 6, 2018

Stanford Live earns Hewlett grant

Grant will be used to create contemporary rendition of 'Treemonisha'

Stanford Live and Weyni Mengesha have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation to commission and produce a contemporary reimagining of Scott Joplin's 1911 opera "Treemonisha," the foundation announced this week.

It is one of 10 new recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a five-year, $8 million initiative supporting arts and nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Treemonisha" will boast a new libretto and a range of musical styles, including jazz; traditional and contemporary classical music; West African idioms; and the genre Joplin helped popularize, ragtime.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE tweets: PhD study on Chineke! Junior Orchestra & diversification

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Great opportunity: University of Portsmouth looking for qualified student to undertake very rare & important funded PhD study into how, "the Chineke! Junior Orchestra is enabling the diversification of classical music production in the UK."

Sergio Mims: Naxos announces first release of their Florence Price Symphony Series

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

Sergio A. Mims writes:

This is exciting news on a long awaited project. Naxos has just officially announced the first series of their Florence Price symphonic works with the release of her Symphonies No. 1 and 4 performed by the Fort Smith Symphony conducted by John Jeter coming out on January 11th.

According to the press release:

Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the New England Conservatory, but it was in Chicago that her composing career accelerated. The concert in 1933 at which her Symphony No. 2 in E minor was premiered was the first time a major American orchestra had performed a piece written by an African American woman. Influenced by Dvorak and Coleridge-Taylor, she drew on the wellspring of Negro spirituals and vernacular dances, full of lyricism and syncopation. The Symphony No. 4 in D minor demonstrates her tight ensemble writing, her distinct sense of orchestral color, her Ellingtonian ‘jungle style’ language and her penchant for the ‘juba’ dance. 

Palm Springs Art Patron Winter 2019 by Art Patron Magazine - Issuu Jerome Wright

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

John Malveaux: Terence Blanchard's Soundtrack of BLACKkKLANSMAN (YouTube)

Terence Blanchard

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Trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard's music soundtrack of BLACKkKLANSMAN Main Theme-Ron. Terence Blanchard is MusicUNTOLD 2018 Composer of the Year.

John Malveaux: Latonia Moore & Annelle K. Gregory Arriving at AT&T Center in L.A.

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Soprano Latonia Moore is cast as Serena in Dutch National Opera production of Porgy & Bess opening January 16, 2019 in Amsterdam. Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory and pianist James Lent will perform FREE recital, February 5, 2019, CSULB Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. Annelle and Latonia performed separately during the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation Concert in 2012 co-presented by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC Classsical Radio. Please see photo of artists arriving at AT&T Center in Los Angeles. Latonia Moore (1st left) and Annelle Kazumi Gregory (4th from left)

John Malveaux: Annelle Gregory & Thomas Mesa in "Dance For A New Day" (YouTube)

Thomas Mesa, Terence Blanchard & Annelle K. Gregory

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Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory and cellist Thomas Mesa were soloists  for Terence Blanchard co-commissioned Dance For A New Day during 14 city Sphinx Virtuosi 2018 tour. Sphinx Virtuosi is a professional chamber orchestra made up of the nation's top Black and Latinx classical soloists. Please listen to Classical IPR delayed broadcast of October 22, 2018 performance of Dance For A New Day at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.