Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Bill Doggett: Beethoven@250-A Conversation with Pianist, Stewart Goodyear, Sunday 9/27/20

Bill Doggett writes:

A Great Conversation about Beethoven and much more with Beethoven specialist, Canadian pianist, Stewart Goodyear. *LISTEN with headphones/earbuds to the glorious music samples* Music showcased includes Mr. Goodyear's Live performances of excerpts of 1. Op 111 Sonata {#32} performed at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto 2. Op28 Pastorale Sonata#15 {Frankfurt Germany} 3. Op106 Sonata#29 Hammerklavier 4th Movement complete This conversation is wide ranging and includes issues dealing with challenges as a performer of Color in Classical Music as well as the current controversies including "Cancel Culture meets Beethoven" and "Was Beethoven Black"

Monday, September 28, 2020

John Malveaux: Part 2 of 3 series highlighting composers of African descent BBC Sounds

 Adolphus Hailstork

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Part 2 of 3 series highlighting composers of African descent  
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j96f.  See pic Adolphus Hailstork

TrinityJournal.com: Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival live streaming concert 7 PM PT Sept. 29. Selections from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Negro Melodies, Op. 24.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Weaverville, California

September 28, 2020

Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival presents live streaming concert 

The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival will be resuming its popular series of digital concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.  The concert will be streamed live from the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville, and will feature trio performances by festival co-founders, pianist Ian Scarfe and violinist Ellen McGehee, joined by cellist James Jaffe.

The concert will be streamed via Zoom, and will feature interviews with the musicians, performances of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and a live Q&A that audience members can participate in.

Registration is required to attend the concert, visit www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org to register. Instead of setting ticket prices, the festival asks attendees to “pay-what-you-can,” allowing each to choose a contribution that is best for their budget. 


The musical selections will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1. It is often referred to as the “Ghost” Trio, because of the haunting minor-key music in the middle, but overall it is a buoyant, joyous, and often humorous work that is one of Beethoven’s finest. The musicians will also prepare selections from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Negro Melodies, Op. 24. Coleridge-Taylor was a mixed-race English composer who lived at the height of the late-Romantic era, and his arrangements call to mind the music of Dvorak or Grieg, other composers who successfully married folk-music styles with the classical Romantic traditions.    


Sunday, September 27, 2020

John Malveaux: Los Angeles Philharmonic Soundstage Episode 1-explore expressions of love

J'Nai Bridges

George Walker (1922-2018)

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Los Angeles Philharmonic Soundstage Episode 1-explore expressions of love

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
María Valverdenarrator
J'Nai Bridgesmezzo-soprano  

LIEBERSON  Neruda Songs: “Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueras”
WALKER  Lyric for Strings
MAHLER  Adagietto from Symphony No. 5   

Sergio A. Mims: BrandonPatrickGeorge.com: Brandon Patrick George Plays Bach, Pierre Boulez, and Prokofiev on new Profil CD release

Brandon Patrick George

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Brandon Patrick George of Imani Winds makes his debut album for Profil with an album of works for solo flute by Bach, Boulez, Prokofiev and Kalevi Aho 

"Flautist Brandon Patrick George describes his debut album as a dialogue between the past and the future. It is indeed quite a leap in time from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) to the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, born in 1949 – yet he has included works for solo flute by both composers on this recording. 

There are also two important chamber works for a flute and piano duo which represent milestones in the repertoire: a sonata by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) and a sonatina by Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) – and so this release represents a walk through musical history spanning 300 years. 

Brandon Patrick George is the flutist of the Grammy®-nominated Imani Winds, and has performed with many of the world’s leading ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)"


John Malveaux: Part 1 of 3 series highlighting composers of African descent on BBC Sounds

Janise White

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Part 1 of 3 series highlighting composers of African descent https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j2bs.  See pic Janise White, Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Sergio A. Mims: 6abc.com: Trailblazing musician Booker Rowe takes final bow after 50 years with Philadelphia Orchestra

Booker Rowe

Sergio A. Mims forwards this story:

"Been first all my life and the only all my life, really. There were very few of us."

Tamala Edwards

September 24, 2020

You may be noticing a rash of retirements recently as people rethink their priorities in the midst of the pandemic.

In this week's Art of Aging, Tamala Edwards meets a trailblazing musician from Germantown taking his final bow after a half-century with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Booker Rowe started playing the violin just before his 12th birthday.

"I bugged my parents for two years for a violin and my parents finally bought me a $35 violin," says Rowe. "I'd play it anywhere."

He credits a West Philadelphia High School teacher for instilling lessons on music theory and harmony.

"He brought out the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and we had to sight-read them," says Rowe.

Rowe got his first professional job in Nashville, Tennessee, and with it an upgrade on his violin.

"This is the instrument that I bought in 1963 when I went to play with the Nashville Symphony String Quartet," explains Rowe. "It was a Gagliano."

And he made history with it.

"I made the string quartet the first integrated string quartet in the south," says Rowe.

It was the first in a string of firsts for Rowe, who in 1968 was hired as a sub for the Philadelphia Orchestra; becoming the first Black musician to play with the Fabulous Philadelphians.

TWC Welcomes Acclaimed Arts Critic Patrick D. McCoy As Guest Host + Creative Producer For TWC TV Series This Fall And Winter

Patrick D. McCoy

Washington Chorus

Sep. 23, 2020

To help accelerate the expansion and growth of its popular online TWC TV web series, D.C.’s only two time Grammy award-winning choral ensemble, The Washington Chorus, is proud to announce and welcome acclaimed arts critic and media personality Patrick D. McCoy as its new Guest Host and Creative Producer for the TWC TV series this October, November, and December.

“With over 7,000 series views, hundreds of dedicated live watchers, and a growing global audience, TWC TV has grown from a small idea to a beloved online program that brings together choral music lovers from around the world,” said TWC Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin. “From insightful artist and community partner interviews to sharing powerful music and performances, the feedback we’ve gotten is that this is a vital new initiative with lots of potential. And who better to help realize this potential than D.C.’s own acclaimed arts critic and bon vivant, Patrick D. McCoy? With Patrick as our guest host and creative producer these next few months, I’m truly excited to experience the vital conversations, stories, and music that will be shared on TWC TV.”

As Guest Host and Producer for the fall and winter shows, Mr. McCoy will curate and creatively produce five TWC TV episodes, also serving as the series host, bringing to light many of the artists, issues, and ideas connected to The Washington Chorus’ fall and winter programs through in-depth artist interviews, online performances, and more. His TWC TV guest host and creative producer role is modeled as a pilot program, and currently scheduled for five episodes: October 15, October 29, November 12, December 3, and December 17, 2020. All episodes will stream for free online via TWC’s YouTube channel on Thursdays at 5 pm Eastern.

Known across the DMV region for his insightful interviews of renowned classical music artists and his incisive commentary and sparkling personality, Mr. McCoy says he is delighted to join as Creative Producer and Guest Host of the TWC TV series in the fall and winter of 2020.

This new relationship with The Washington Chorus represents a paradigm shift in my work as an arts journalist, but particularly, as a media personality that has focused on covering the DC performing arts scene in a variety of mediums and platforms,” Mr. McCoy says. “It was The Washington Chorus' former Executive Director Dianne Peterson and former artistic director Julian Wachner that considered my efforts with respect early on.  That spirit has continued throughout the last 10 or so years, more recently with former Maestro Christopher Bell and now with current music director, Maestro Eugene Rogers.  Even though this now means that during this particular season of hosting, I will not be able to 'cover' their efforts from an editorial standpoint. I am actually a part of the team and truly grateful for this unexpected invitation from current executive director Stephen Marc Beaudoin."

The Washington Chorus notes with gratitude the support of TWC TV from the HMFB Family Foundation, and for this and all TWC programs from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, National Capitol Arts and Cultural Affairs program and the US Commission on Fine Arts, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and the support of many more generous individuals, businesses, and foundations.

About Patrick D. McCoy:

Patrick D. McCoy distinguishes himself as a choral conductor, singer, host and music journalist residing in the Washington, D. C. area. A native of Petersburg, VA, he earned the BM in vocal performance from Virginia State University and a Master of Music in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Juxtaposing a busy schedule between writing and public appearances, his work has been published in The Washington Post, Early Music America, Prince Georges Suite Magazine, Classical Voice North America, The Afro-American Newspaper, CBS Washington and Examiner.com. Over the last 10 years, McCoy has become an important voice in the DC arts community and can be found at many of the major concert venues.  As a media personality, he has appeared as a guest on DC's WPFW "Jazz Stories" with host Aaron Myers and as a guest judge on NBC-4's "Be A Voice."

Additionally, Mr. McCoy maintains an active schedule as a vocal soloist, teacher, moderator, panelist and adjudicator. Hosting his own podcast "Across the Arts with Patrick D. McCoy" since 2010, he has recently added the virtual component to the experience, bringing live interviews to social media.  Formerly the performing arts columnist for Washington Life Magazine, his column "Perfect Pitch" featured luminaries in the arts such as Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicole Cabell and Julian Wachner, among numerous others.

He currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Beltsville, MD.  He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America, a former member of the Shenandoah University Alumni Board of Directors, a past board member of The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) The Association of Anglican Musicians, National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Patrick credits all of these accomplishments to God and in loving memory of his mother.

To learn more, visit www.patrickdmccoy.com

Rick Robinson: CutTime® Plays Manchester, Michigan Tonight 7:30 EST!


Sept. 26, 2020

Dear Friends,        
I realize I have owed you an update by now. I'll have a bit of great news soon, as Let the Children Play is almost ready to premiere.

But if you're looking for a cool concerts online tonight, be sure to check out CutTime Simfonica® at 7:30 EST for a quick set of lively, animated and meaningful music-making you can join in at home banging pots and pans! Be ALIVE and make some joyful noises with us! Take and post a selfie or video doing it, so we can share YOUR creativity with ours!

We are opening the online season for Riverfolk Music and Arts series in Manchester, MI, balancing meat and potatoes with my own romantic and highly energetic compositions.

Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
Bach - Suite #3 Gavottes I & II
Mozart - Divertimento in D opening
Mozart - Symphony #40 Samba excerpt
Robinson - Pork n Beans (Sturm und Funk!)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 opening
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 opening
Robinson - Serenade from Mighty Love
Robinson - Model-T Magic

Note: this will likely be our last public performance tonight before warmer weather returns next Spring. How sad to contemplate: so let us be grateful and register early at this link for $0-100.

Remember: you can always visit our SoundCloud feed for bursts of inspiration. And visit us daily on Facebook and Twitter.


- Rick Robinson

Friday, September 25, 2020

Classical-Music.com: Composer Shirley Thompson on the black composers who changed classical music forever

Shirley Thompson
(Credit Gary Thomas)

Brought to you by BBC Music Magazine

As part of the BBC programme Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History, composer Shirley Thompson celebrates the rich history of classical music by black composers

September 23, 2020

It is very challenging to commend only two single composers of African heritage that have made significant innovations in the evolution of the genre of classical music.

However, I do not want the opportunity to pass without making an attempt to do so, not least the brilliant American composer Florence Price, who, in 1933, became the first African American woman to have a symphony performed by a major US orchestra.

For me, the innovations of the Franco-Guadeloupean composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799) embody the tipping point of the Classical period. While the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved African people raged on, Europe was experiencing a significant period of decadence in culture and the arts. We think that the essence of classical music was crystallised with the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. However, Bologne was the pioneer of many of the musical forms that we associate with these composers.

He was not only a composer, but a virtuoso violinist, conductor, champion swordsman, businessman, entrepreneur and political activist. The most highly regarded works of Joseph Bologne include six comic operas, seven violin concertos and several songs, symphonic works and chamber pieces. In 1776 he was mooted as the best person to head the Paris Opera, but protests over his ethnic heritage prevented him from obtaining the role. Today, the accomplishments of Joseph Bologne are still yet to be recognised. Imagine what his accomplishments could have been if he was afforded fair and equal opportunities in the 18th century?

Black Classical Music: A Forgotten History will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 27 September at 9pm