Saturday, November 28, 2020 Adolphus Hailstork's "Christmas Canticle" will be streamed Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 PM by Capital Singers of Trenton

Adolphus Hailstork

November 28, 2020

Capital Singers of Trenton (CST) celebrates the sounds of the season with its upcoming virtual Lessons and Carols concert, Winter Songs XIV.

The Concert will be streamed on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The show will include guest appearances by the Trenton Children’s Chorus Training Choir and soloist Rev. William N. Heard, pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden.

CST serves under Artistic Director and Conductor Vinroy D. Brown, Jr. and usually rehearses and performs at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Trenton. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the group’s unusual fall 2020 rehearsal season has taken place almost entirely online, with several small ensembles meeting to record at Sacred Heart, among other locations, following strict social distancing protocols.


The concert will include selections such as the second movement of Brahms’s Requiem, Adolphus Hailstork’s “Christmas Canticle” and the world premiere of a medley of six carols arranged by CST’s founder Richard M. Loatman.


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 609-434-2781.

Juares De Mira of Brazil sings Harry Burleigh arrangement of Negro Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" on YouTube

Juares De Mira

Negro Spirituals Arranged By Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) 
Juarês De Mira (Singer) 
Analaura S Pinto (Pianist) 
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child 
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child 
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child 
A long ways from home 
A long ways from home 
A long ways from home 
Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone  
Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone 
Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone 
A long ways from home 
A long ways from home 
A long ways from home...

Arts Engines: Aaron Dworkin Interviews Chief Artistic Officer of Cleveland Orchestra!

Welcome to this week's episode of Arts Engines which now reaches over 100,000 weekly viewers in partnership with Detroit Public Television, Ovation TV, The Violin Channel and American Public Media including Performance Today and YourClassical. Arts Engines seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future of our field.

This week's guest is Mark Williams, Chief Artistic Officer of the Cleveland Orchestra.  Enjoy... and have a creative week!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Wallace M. Cheatham: "Racism: Opera's Unlisted Castmember," has now been published in the Ibadan Journal of Theater Arts

Wallace M. Cheatham

November 24, 2020

Wallace M. Cheatham writes:

The publication of my paper,  "Racism: Opera's Unlisted Castmember," has now been published in the Ibadan Journal of Theater Arts.

Wallace Cheatham Chineke!/Edusei review — defiance, rage, triumph and a seam of deep compassion

The programme was incisively conducted by Kevin John Edusei


November 24, 2020

When the Black Lives Matter protester Patrick Hutchinson was photographed in June rescuing an injured white counter-protester, the striking picture went viral. “I’ll stare at this image numerous times,” the poet Yomi Sode begins, “and then it will hit me . . . We have been here before.” His is a powerful critique, a response to current affairs that’s rooted in centuries of trauma. It forms the heart of a new piece by James B Wilson, Remnants, premiered in this Black Legacies streamed concert by Chineke!.

In truth, Wilson’s music is mostly a frame for Sode’s performance, anguished, urgent and eloquent. 

Eric Conway: Morgan State Choir sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Eric Conway writes on November 26, 2020:

Happy Thanksgiving all!  

On this national day of Thanksgiving, when we all take time to thank God for all He has given us, I would like to share a song the Morgan choir learned earlier in the semester: Simon and Garfunkel’s iconic song:  "Bridge Over Troubled Water”. 

Paul Simon believed this was perhaps his greatest single piece that he had ever written.  It has been said that the piece gives the flavor of a white gospel song.  This song was immediately accepted by the public with immediate resonance from citizens in this country as well as the UK.  This piece was first released fifty years ago in 1970, and found favor in performance by Elvin Presley, Peggy Lee, the Jackson 5, and the Supremes.  In 1971, Aretha Franklin claimed this piece as a staple of her repertoire, confirming the Gospel feel of the song.  In subsequent generations, the piece was used to help heal in times of need.  Paul Simon performed this song for the victims of 9/11 in 2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

In 2020, the Morgan choir offers this piece to encourage all during this very unsettled period in our nation's history given the world-wide coronavirus pandemic.  We hope you enjoy this arrangement of this timeless song.


Thursday, November 26, 2020 New York Choral Society presents second installment of "Our Voices" with the premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s "A Carol For All Children" Dec. 15

 The New York Choral Society (“NYCHORAL”) presents their second installment of Our Voices with the premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s A Carol For All Children on December 15.

A Carol for All Children, composed by Adolphus Hailstork in 1995, celebrates the simple idea that all children have value and are brought into the world with hopes that their future and their world will be bright and full of possibilities. Choreographed through the lens of a Queer artist of Kenyan and Indian descent, the work further highlights the need for agency and solidarity, giving all children the right to be valued, loved and nurtured regardless of race, creed or means in an equitable and loving world.

Composer Adolphus Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. Among his early compositions are Celebration, and Out of the Depths (1977) and American Guernica (1983). New commissions include Earthrise, a large-scale choral work for James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival and We Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story for the Cincinnati Opera. Hailstork is currently working on a requiem for chorus and orchestra, A Knee on The Neck, in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Brendan Fernandes is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Brendan’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Brendan’s projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest...always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity. He is currently artist-in-residency and faculty at Northwestern University and represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Recent and upcoming projects include performances and solo presentations at the Noguchi Museum (New York); Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); and the Museo De Arte São Paulo (São Paulo).

A Carol for All Children will stream on NYCHORAL’s YouTube Channel and on our website.

Maria Thompson Corley: My domestic abuse-themed opera, The Sky Where You Are, will be available on the Decameron Opera Coalition site until Dec. 31

Maria Thompson Corley

Pianist Maria Thompson Corley writes:

Hi Bill,

It occurred to me to mention that my domestic abuse-themed opera, The Sky Where You Are, will be available on the Decameron Opera Coalition site until Dec. 31. KF Jacques is the other Black composer whose opera, The Corsair, is included. Several singers in other productions are Black, including Mr. Jacques. I am the pianist for my piece. 

All of the composers will be interviewed live on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. on the Decameron Opera Coalition Facebook page.

More information on the operas in general and mine in particular can be found below. An Opera Theatre commissioned my piece.

Very best wishes and warmest regards,

John Malveaux: Philadelphia Orchestra performs little-known symphony composed by African American female Florence Price

 Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

John Malveaux of writes:

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Bill Doggett: May I wish you and yours Happy Thanksgiving

Bill Doggett writes:

I give thanks for our friendship!

May I wish you and yours Happy Thanksgiving 

May we remember and honor those loved ones
who are not with us
and give thanks for the joy that they brought us.