Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pianist Frank Townsell Thanks AfriClassical For Posting On CD 'Blind Boone's Piano Music'

[Blind Boone's Piano Music, An African American composer performed by Frank Townsell; Laurel LR-860CD (1998)]

On Feb. 29, 2008 AfriClassical posted: “Frank Townsell, African American Pianist Of CD 'Blind Boone's Piano Music'”. Here is an excerpt: “Frank Townsell taught formerly at the University of British Columbia, and for the past twenty six years at City College of San Francisco. Frank Townsell Plays (2003) is a recording on which the pianist interprets solo piano works of Chopin, Debussy, Schubert and the African American Composer Clarence Cameron White, whom we profiled on Feb. 27, 2008. The recording is available from  An earlier recording is Blind Boone's Piano Music, An African American composer performed by Frank Townsell, Laurel LR-860CD (1998). A tip from a niece of John Boone, known as Blind Boone (1864-1927), led him to undertake the research and recording project, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. An overview of the life and career of John Boone is included at the pianist's website.” Frank Townsell sent this E-mail Dec. 27, 2008: “Hi Bill, I'm wishing you and yours the Best in 2009 and even greater achievements for you and your wonderful company. John "Blind" Boone is much the better known thanks to you and your efforts to promote his legacy. Sincerely, Frank” AfriClassical is pleased to have played a small role in increasing public awareness of John Boone and of Frank Townsell's recording of Boone's works for piano on Laurel LR-860CD (1998). 

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