Saturday, September 22, 2018

Grasping Water: Three Songs by Maria Thompson Corley (YouTube 5:01)

Maria Thompson Corley

Published on Sep 17, 2018

1. My Heart is Awake 
2. Drop Your Mask 
3. Jumbo's Revenge: A Love Poem 

Kristin Sims, soprano 
Maria Thompson Corley, piano 

Words and music by Maria Thompson Corley, Jumbo's Revenge music by Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Maria Thompson Corley

Heart Riddle 2 (Tango) by Maria Thompson Corley (YouTube 3:23)

Maria Thompson Corley

Published September 18, 2018

From Three Heart Riddles' 
Words and music by Maria Thompson Corley 
Kristin Sims, soprano; Maria Thompson Corley, piano Overture to Treemonisha (Scott Joplin opera), at U. of Connecticut, Dec. 6

Scott Joplin

Overture to Treemonisha (Scott Joplin opera, orchestrated by T. J. Anderson), at University of Connecticut, Dec. 6


Dec 6 2018 - 8:00pm
The University of Connecticut Orchestra, with Dr. Paul McShee, director, will perform Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Overture, as orchestrated by T. J. Anderson, on December 6th at von der Mehden Recital Hall (link is external), University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. This concert also features the winners of the 2018 UConn Concerto Compeitition and Mississippi River Suite by Florence Price. The University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is made up of approximately 75 student musicians–undergraduate and graduate. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Start the season with the CSO's African American Network

Sheila A. Jones writes:

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra African American Network enters its third year in the 2018/19 season!
This season, the CSOA commemorates the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I with its theme “A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace.” This season for peace presents many occasions to reflect and connect with others through music, and throughout 2018/19, the AAN will present complementary educational seminars, recitals and artistic experiences, as well as opportunities for AAN members, friends and their families to attend incredible CSO and Symphony Center Presents Jazz concerts.
With the personal encouragement of Riccardo Muti, the CSOA family seeks to empower the African American community to embrace Symphony Center and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as their “home away from home” for cultural experiences. To support this crucial initiative, I am thrilled to announce my new full-time position as Director of Community Stewardship for the African American Network. 
Here are some of the AAN’s 2017/2018 season highlights:
  • The AAN hosted its second Black History Month celebration on February 24, 2018, titled “The Identity of Color: Black Composers in New Music,” which featured a screening of the 1927 silent film "The Scar of Shame" with new music by acclaimed composer, conductor and violist Renée Baker. After the film, the audience participated in a Q&A hosted by CSOA President Jeff Alexander and Baker.
  • On April 12, 2018, the AAN presented a recital and lecture by pianist, music teacher and scholar Samantha Ege: “A Celebration of Women in Music: Composing the Black Chicago Renaissance.” The event explored the contributions of African American composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.
  • Once again, the AAN collaborated with the Gene Siskel Film Center as an official partner for its annual Black Harvest Film Festival.
  • On June 11, 2018, AAN members co-sponsored the League of the CSOA’s annual Corporate Night, which featured Gregory Porter in concert with the CSO.
I eagerly anticipate another season of uplifting events! Here are just a few of the AAN programs scheduled for 2018/2019:
  • On Friday, November 2, 2018, the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series presents a concert featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Roy Hargrove, as well as a world-premiere SCP commission showcasing AAN member and contemporary ragtime pianist Reginald R. Robinson. This commission celebrates James Reese Europe, whose “Hellfighters” regiment first brought black American music to France during the Great War. Join us before the concert for a Q&A with Robinson in Grainger Ballroom!
  • The AAN’s third annual Black History Month celebration will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019! This event, titled “The Baldwin Chronicles: Midnight Ramble,” will feature Renée Baker’s NEOpera ensemble and guest vocalists.
  • On Sunday, May 4, 2019, we will celebrate the life of George Walker with a recital of the legendary composer’s works.
Visit our website at for more details about CSO performances, including special ticket offers reserved exclusively for African American Network supporters and friends. Our site is updated regularly and also includes information about additional events, open rehearsals and free community concerts—be sure to check back often! If you’re on Facebook, please click here to join the AAN Facebook group.
Feel free to contact me directly at or by phone at 312-294-3045. I look forward to your participation and feedback. Thank you for your support of the CSO African American Network. You are proof of an expanding sense of joy, creativity and musical community that knows no limits!
Joyfully yours,

Sheila A. Jones
Director of Community Stewardship,
African American Network

John Malveaux: Sept. 20 Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in "Spaces"

John Malveaux and Wynton Marsalis

John Malveaux of 

Sept. 20, 2018 attended Hollywood Bowl performance of STORIES of a GROOVE by Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra/Gerald Clayton Trio and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents SPACES. See clip of SPACES The character and sensitivity of Sir Wynton Marsalis became very evident to me when we connected visually and during an extended hand shake for the first time at the reception following his narration and the encore for SPACES. Just as Sir Wynton Marsalis has characterized different animals through jazz and dance, I am intrigued with the idea of Sir Wynton Marsalis composing a similar piece depicting different personalities within our human kind. See selfie with Sir Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Statement on the Passing of NOBLE Former National President John S. Pritchard III

John S. Pritchard III

[Alexandria, VA]  Today, September 19, 2018, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National President Vera Bumpers, released the following statement on the passing of former NOBLE National President John Pritchard: 

"The members of NOBLE are mourning the loss of our dear friend and former National President, John S. Pritchard III.  Pritchard served as NOBLE's national president from 1993-1994 spearheading reforms in policing as a result of the War on Drugs and influx of gang activity.  As an experienced and proven leader in criminal justice and policing, Pritchard ascended to the presidency at NOBLE having served in the NYPD and the FBI respectively.   Being most well-known for bringing an end to the long-running organized crime family--- Genovese, former President Pritchard was a man known for his dogged pursuit of justice and crime reduction."
Pritchard was born in Mount Vernon, New York and dedicated a large part of his career to ensuring that community engagement remained a focal point to policing. During his time as Mount Vernon's Commissioner of Public Safety, Pritchard noted the effects of unemployment on crime and decided to do something about it. He advanced policies to create more employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and young adults. His efforts were lauded by city and state leadership.

Pritchard was a larger than life leader in the criminal justice field with expansive roles in a variety of spaces including:  
  • NYPD patrolman: April 1965 - March 1968:
  • NYPD detective: March 1968 - October 1976
  • FBI special agent: October 1976 - November 1981
  • FBI supervisory special agent: November 1981 - October 1983
  • FBI inspector's aide-in-place: October 1983 - April 1987
  • Director, Petroleum, Alcohol & Tobacco - NYS Department of Taxation & Finance: April 1987 - February 1988
  • MTA inspector general: March 1988 - January 1993
  • NYPD first deputy police commissioner: January 1993 - January 1994
  • Deputy chief, NYC Transit Police: February 1994 - January 1995
  • Acting chief, NYC Transit Police: January-April 1995
  • Police commissioner, city of Mount Vernon: July 1996 - June 1998
  • Inspector general & deputy police commissioner, Westchester County: July 1998 - October 1999
"John S. Pritchard III will be missed.  My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, their family and grandchildren, who have all acknowledged that though Pritchard made his mark on society with a badge and a code of honor, his life long influence and legacy was seen most earnestly at home."

Note: John S. Pritchard III passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
A memorial service and celebration of Pritchard's life will be held in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in the near future. Forest Hills Funeral Homes in Palm City, Florida, is handling arrangements. New World Symphony in Florence Price's Third Symphony Sept. 22

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

New World Symphony

September 19, 2018

by Marci Falvey

On Saturday, September 22, NWS Fellows will come together on stage for the first time for the Pre-Season Orchestra Concert: Symphonic Roots. Making his debut on the podium is conductor Joshua Weilerstein, Artistic Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and former Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Joshua comes from a family of famous musicians that includes his sister, cellist Alisa (who last appeared with NWS in May 2017), father/violinist Donald and mother/pianist Vivian Hornik.

Joshua will be leading Fellows in a special performance of Florence Price’s Third Symphony--yet another NWS debut. Born in 1887, Price was the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra in 1933. On his podcast Sticky Notes, Joshua takes a deep dive into the life and music of this mostly unknown composer, her powerfully original voice, what it means to perform her music today and how to develop a performance tradition with music that has been performed so rarely. "Music and Saints: The Art of Jerome Wright" Now to February 2019

Dancer in White Mixed Media 60* x 48*

On loan courtesy of Jerome Wright

The Deaconess Pew Mixed Media 96* x 48*
On loan courtesy of Jerome Wright

Charles H. Wright Museum 
of African American History

In this exhibition, Music and Saints, Jerome Wright features 19 new works that capture spirituality in various forms, from religious worship to music. Wright is a prolific artist, musician, and dancer who works primarily with oil pastels. These dynamic pieces show black faces as the embodiment of saints, singing, mourning, and praising. ​

Music and Saints, Jerome Wright is free with museum admission.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NY Phil Principal Clarinet Makes Guest Debut with LA Chamber Orchestra

Clarinetist Anthony McGill
(Photo Credit: David Finlayson)


Program Also Features Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3
and Works by Grieg and Arvo Pärt

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8 pm, Glendale’s Alex Theatre

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents celebrated clarinetist Anthony McGill, making his LACO debut, in a Baltic-influenced program led by guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Music Director Designate of the Seattle Symphony, on Saturday, October 27, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7 pm, at Royce Hall. McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, performs Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, and the concerts also feature Sibelius' Symphony No. 3, Pärt's Silouan’s Song and Grieg’s Two Norwegian Airs. LACO’s vibrant and engaging Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble's remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists.
McGill, who is LACO's 2018-19 Shaheen and Anil Nanji Guest Artist-in-Residence, has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He recorded Nielsen’s work with the New York Philharmonic, with whom he is in his second season as Principal Clarinet. His LACO residency includes master classes, community engagement opportunities and free public performances, along with concert appearances, providing more accessible musical opportunities to the broader Los Angeles community. Noted for his “almost ludicrously fluid command from the depths of his (instrument), up through the clarion register, and all the way to the altissimo” (Philadelphia Inquirer), McGill previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing around the globe, McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has also appeared on Performance Today, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show and on MSNBC, among other media outlets.
The “charismatic” (New York Times) Dausgaard, hailed for his “impassioned…mastery” (Bachtrack), makes his third appearance with LACO. In addition to his role with the Seattle Symphony, he serves as Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of both the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Renowned for his innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, Dausgaard was awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) ranks among the world’s top musical ensembles. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a champion of contemporary composers, with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, as well as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks. Headquartered in the heart of the country's cultural capital, LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the world's great chamber orchestras"(KUSC Classical FM). Performing throughout greater Los Angeles, the Orchestra presents orchestral, Baroque and chamber concerts, as well as salon evenings in private spaces and unique experiences that explore classical music's cutting-edge sounds. LACO's long history of educational outreach encompasses programs integral to its mission of nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music. Jaime Martín, praised as "a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous" (Platea Magazine), is LACO’s Music Director Designate and takes the podium as Music Director in the 2019-20 season.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program's music and artists. 

Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased online at or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x1. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. Sstudents with valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets ($8), based on availability.
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Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.

09/18/18 Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio - Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s 'Deep River'

Facebook Video Posted by Sheku Kanneh-Mason

19 September 2018

The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, formed of siblings Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano), Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin) and BBC Young Musician winning Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s arrangement of the spiritual ‘Deep River’.