Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Myrtle Hart Society: Maestro Dunner conducts Alabama Symphony

Maestro Leslie B. Dunner grew up in New York, Harlem and the South Bronx in a working class family. His father worked for the city and his mother worked as a social worker and community activist. He grew up taking African dance and was the youngest performer at the 1964 New York World's Fair. In addition, he has toured nationally and internationally performing on his clarinet. I've seen him conduct the Joffrey Ballet, and I can tell you, he's so involved with every nuance, he emotes the music often letting it move his body around on the podium. His is a natural love of classical music that was nurtured and allowed to grow. This is the result.

Maestro Dunner will conduct the Alabama Symphony Orchestra with soloist Timothy Jones, bass baritone. "A Community Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." January 20 at Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall (Birmingham) at 3:00 PM.

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