Tuesday, November 13, 2018

John Malveaux: Annelle K. Gregory 8 PM Feb. 5, 2019, Cal. State U.-Long Beach

Annelle Gregory

John Malveaux of 

Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory with pianist James Lent is guest of Bob Cole Conservatory of Music 8:00 PM February 5, 2019, Daniel Recital Hall, California State University-Long Beach. NAACP Long Beach Branch is a sponsor. The program includes many favorites of Annelle.

N. Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. F. Kreisler): Concert Fantasy, Op. 33
S. Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23
            IV. D major (arr. M. Erdenko)
            V. G minor (arr. F. Kreisler)
V. Barkauskas: Partita for solo violin, Op. 12
            I. Prelude
            II. Scherzo
            III. Grave
            IV. Toccata
I. Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D
            I. Toccata
            II. Aria I
            III. Aria II
            IV. Capriccio

 The recital is produced by MusicUNTOLD

Eric Conway: Morgan Opera in Amahl and the Night Visitors - Nov. 15-17 ONLY!

Dr. Eric Conway writes:

Hello Morgan Fine and Performing Arts Community,

I am excited to share with you our first holiday production of the year - Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti presented by Morgan's Opera Workshop!  

The production is directed by Opera Director Marquita Lister.  Morgan music majors are renowned as having some of the best voices in the region.  This production is replete with talent in every role.  

This weekend will be the only set of performances on:  Thursday, November 15, 10:30 AM and 7PM; Friday, November 16, 7PM; and Saturday, November 17, 2PM and 7PM.  Tickets are $15 and $10.  You may purchase via the Murphy Fine Arts Center Box Office or TICKETMASTER.  

Get ready to begin your 2018 Christmas season!  See flyers attached!


Monday, November 12, 2018

National Youth Wind Orchestra in Langebaan, South Africa 6:30 PM Dec. 13

National Youth Wind Orchestra in Langebaan 

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

We'll be in Langebaan with the incredibly talented young musicians in the National Youth Wind Orchestra for a fantastically fun concert of music from around the world. Our conductor is Norwegian Bjørn Breistein. Come and celebrate beautiful music and the top talent our country has to offer!

Tickets are R100 for adults and R50 for concessions and are available at the door.

TheEpochTimes.com: Florence Price & Margaret Bonds on "Songs of Chicago" CD

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

November 10, 2018

Thomas Hampson sheds light on forgotten black composers

The best of new albums recently released by classical singers is Thomas Hampson’s “Songs from Chicago,” on Cedille Records, an unusual label that records only Chicago composers.

Hampson is America’s leading baritone and is not only a star of opera but also a dedicated singer and scholar of art songs. Here, with Kuang-Hao Huang on piano, he performs songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton.

All the pieces are settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, the Nobel Prize winning Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore and nine from Langston Hughes, including his most famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”


Price and Bonds were, respectively, teacher and student. Bonds is from Chicago but later moved to New York where she became friends with Langston Hughes. Price was the first African-American woman to have an orchestral piece (Symphony in E Minor) played by a major orchestra (the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).  Bonds was soloist in Price’s Piano Concerto, making her the first African-American woman to perform as soloist with a major orchestra.

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: Castle on the Hill-The Action! (2:59)

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, Castle on the Hill: The Action!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

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Thanks so much!!!! [Aaron P. Dworkin]

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NOBLE Honors Military Veterans

November 11, 2018

[Alexandria, VA] In recognition of Veterans Day, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) would like to thank our military veterans and their families for their service.

"Much like law enforcement, our soldiers put their lives on the line every day to defend the lives of American citizens," said NOBLE National President Vera Bumpers. "Today, and every day, our veterans deserve to be honored and remembered for the sacrifices they make protecting our freedoms at home and abroad."

About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 
Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit http://www.noblenational.org.

NewJerseyStage.com: Westminster Jubilee Singers Presents "Examine Me"

Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.

Nov. 9, 2018

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Jubilee Singers will present a concert titled “Examine Me” on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30pm in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. Led by the ensemble’s conductor, Vinroy D. Brown, Jr., the program explores the Psalter (book of Psalms) and includes settings by African American composers.

The program features Psalm I by Nathan Carter, “The Lord is My Shepherd, Alleluia” from Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Margaret Douroux’s Day and Night Praise and works by Cedric Dent and M. Roger Holland.

Composed of students selected by audition, the Westminster Jubilee is modeled after the historically acclaimed Fisk Jubilee Singers.   Its repertoire, while specialized and select, is very diverse and focuses on solo and ensemble artistic expressions from its singers.  Part of Westminster Choir College’s Sacred Music Department, the ensemble performs literature that includes African-American spirituals and folk songs; classical music by African-American composers; African chants and dances; gospel music and secular songs by musical greats such as William Dawson, Duke Ellington, Patti LaBelle, Walter Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Andre Crouch, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Nathan Carter, as well as Westminster graduates, Rosephanye Powell, Donald Dillard and Roger Holland.  Also explored and performed are works by non-African-American composers, including George Gershwin, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Gail Poch, Steve Pilkington and others who have composed and/or arranged music of the African-American experience.

John Malveaux: Annelle K. Gregory performed in program titled "Great War" Nov. 9

Annelle Kazumi Gregory and Dwayne Milburn

John Malveaux of 

11/9/18 Violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Saint Matthews Church, Pacific Palisades, Ca. The program titled 'GREAT WAR' Hundredth Anniversary Commemoration included RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin; COPLAND: Letter from Home; and KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto. See pic of Annelle and Director of Music Dwayne Milburn

Saturday, November 10, 2018

MarshallNewsMessenger.com: "Victory Tide" by William Grant Still, 3 PM, Nov. 11

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

The Marshall Messenger

November 8, 2018

Veterans, veteran organizations, and members of the public are invited to the annual Community Veterans Day program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, which will take place in a new location this year--at the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center on the East Texas Baptist University campus.

The program this year will not only include speakers and musical tributes to honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans, it will also include a special presentation to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I and took place on Nov. 11, 1918. The day was remembered as Armistice day until being renamed Veterans Day in 1954.


The A Cappella Choir of Wiley College, under the direction of Choral Director Stephen L. Hays, will sing our National Anthem for the program. They will also perform a special presentation of “Victory Tide” by William Grant Still, with words by Al Stillman.

Oxford Student.com: Black, British, and a graduate at Oxford

Image Credit: Michael Gribben

The Oxford Student

Black History Month has just ended, and very few people can claim to know much about the contribution that black people have made to this country. Even fewer still, can claim to know that the black presence dates back centuries, and in fact thousands of years. Yet black people are still associated with newness, their presence questioned, and the need for a ‘black history month’ constantly challenged. Indeed, black history should be just history, just as white history is not named as such. So too should black history be every day, every month, and play a natural part in British history and memory.

 But how many of you know of John Blanke, who was a royal trumpeter at the courts of King Henry VII and VIII? Or John Edmonstone, a lecturer at Edinburgh University who taught Charles Darwin? Or Princess Sarah Bonetta Forbes, God daughter of Queen Victoria? These examples highlight the lack of knowledge we have of the black Britons of the past. But what about the black Britons of the present?

Presently, conversations with regards to black representation are being had as it pertains to the media, education, and the professions whereby the dearth of black people in prominent positions across society is shockingly low. In matters of education, Britain’s elite universities have been criticised for their under-representation of black students at these universities. Whilst things are slowly improving, the representation of black British students at the postgraduate level is dismally low. I’m currently reading for an MSc in Social Anthropology at Keble College, and can say that whilst I have encountered a few black postgraduate students, I have come into contact with only one who is British other than myself – so far, the rest have been international students. Not only are the fees high – I had to resort to crowdfunding to take up my place – there is also a lack of access to loans which would enable one to pursue a postgraduate education. In addition to this, many have certain ideas about who can attend places such as Oxford or Cambridge.