Thursday, January 3, 2008

Myrtle Hart Society: Maestro Tipton in Atlanta and Cleveland

Myrtle Hart Society eNewsletter, January 2008:

Maestro Tipton in Atlanta and Cleveland

Continuing with my random facts, I came across a little bit about Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, who has conducted many orchestras around the world. You can read about all those accomplishments in his bio, but here's something you won't read: he also conducted (and really enjoyed conducting) the premier of The Machine & Symphonic Pink Floyd with the Detroit Symphony in July 2007. I love PF, so I found it especially refreshing that Maestro Tipton did too! You must respect a conductor who invites variety into his life.

Here's what he said:
"If you would pass this along to the guys in the Machine. What a gas it was to work with you guys. As a Classical musician it is great to dig in and make new musical discoveries. I had heard the music of Pink Floyd however this experience allowed me a chance to examine the music in depth and what great music. You all were good fun to work with, dedicated and the audience LOVED IT! The orchestra loved it. Best wishes to you all in the upcoming season. I look forward to our next encounter."
Peace to you all,
Chelsea, 2

You won't get Pink Floyd arrangements, but Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 16th annual Gospel Christmas "King Celebration" honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is not one to be missed! Maestro Tipton is joined by Andrew Young and the Morehouse/Spelman Glee Clubs. Program includes William Dawson's "Ain't That Good News." Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 PM, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309.

From ATL to CLE, Maestro Tipton is definitely racking up on the frequent flier miles. Catch him with the Cleveland Orchestra, Central State University Chorus and Martin Luther King Celebration Chorus on Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 PM, Severance Hall for Cleveland Orchestra's 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert. This event is free.

[African American Harpist Rashida Naomi Black is Founder/Executive Director of The Myrtle Hart Society, whose website is]

1 comment:

firebird413 said...

Maestro Tipton's accomplishments are great news, and I have some sad: Maestro Sheldon Morgenstern, founder of the Eastern Music Festival, passed away in December 2007. As a friend of both Morgenstern and Tipton, I can honestly write that Sheldon Morgenstern was a great supporter and mentor of Maestro Tipton II in the "early days" and a mentor to many other aspiring black and hispanic musicians that attended the Eastern Music Festival every summer during the 70's 80's and 90's, myself included. A musical memorial service dedicated to Sheldon Morgenstern will be held January 20th at 2pm in Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, home of the Eastern Music Festival.