Friday, February 1, 2008

Myrtle Hart Society: The Southeast Symphony of Los Angeles

The Myrtle Hart Society eNewsletter for February notes the 60th anniversary of the Southeast Symphony of Los Angeles,

The Southeast Symphony, a community orchestra in Los Angeles made up of primarily African-American musicians, is celebrating their 60th anniversary! Under the baton of Music Director Charles Dickerson, the ensemble "aspires to remove perceived barriers from participation in, and appreciation for classical repertoire by presenting concerts in areas where access to live classical music is limited, and by offering and providing music instruction to young people in these areas." If you are in the LA area, attend this Annual Black History Concert featuring 17-year-old pianist Nicholas King.

Program also includes the Cuban Overture by George Gershwin, Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American Symphony) by William Grant Still, and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 PM, Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 West Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.”

[William Grant Still is one of 52 composers and musicians of African descent who are profiled at, where over 100 audio samples of their music can be heard.]

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