Tuesday, January 6, 2009

'On An Overgrown Path' Posts Link to Fred Onovwerosuoke's Account of Herbert von Karajan

[Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, Founder and President of African Musical Arts, Inc.]

Bob Shingleton, aka Pliable, writes one of the world's leading classical music blogs in English, On An Overgrown Path. On Sept. 30, 2008 he posted the text of an interview on Herbert von Karajan from a 1963 issue of Stereo Review. The same day, AfriClassical posted a link to the interview, under the heading “Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) on Rhythm and Race, in 1963 'Stereo Review' Interview”. Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, Founder/Director of the St. Louis African Chorus, just renamed African Music Arts, told us of his admiration for the conductor, who passed away on July 16, 1989, and whose life he commemorated in a poem. He also described a chance meeting backstage in London, during which Fred's astute questioning of similar recordings led the Maestro to tell the young student he should be a conductor. Consequently, we posted “A Young Nigerian's Homage To Herbert von Karajan in 1990”. On An Overgrown Path subsequently published a tribute to the great conductor, so we forwarded the link to Fred's account, as well as the link to a post on the Festival of African and African-American Music (FESAAM 2009), which Dr. Onovwerosuoke is directing in St. Louis, Feb. 12-15, 2009. Both links have now appeared on the major classical music blog On An Overgrown Path, with this introduction from Pliable: “Bill Zick over on AfriClassical gives us these interesting Karajan links” -

AfriClassical very much appreciates the attention Pliable's posting of the links has brought to Fred's personal account of encountering and memorializing Herbert von Karajan, and to the major music festival he will direct next month.

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