Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Afro-American Chamber Orchestra & Janise White Present 'Black Symphonists Concert'

[Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (top); Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Arion 68093 (center); George Walker (bottom)]

The Afro-American Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Janise White and accompanied by violinist Christopher Woods, presented works of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Tom Bethune and George Walker in a “Black Symphonists Concert” at 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. The concert was supported in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Afro-American Chamber Orchestra:
The nationally acclaimed orchestra was founded in 1987 by Professors Janise White, Valencia Mitchell, Violists, Robin Ross and the late Patrick Morgan. AACMSO is dedicated to the preservation and performance of music by symphonists of the African diaspora. Since its inception, AACMSO has revived and premiered works by over 200 composers. International Violinist Chris Woods debuted at age twelve with the Florence Symphony, performing the Mozart Concerto in G major. He began musical training on violin at age four, with Thelma Hawkins.

CHEVALIER DE ST. GEORGES: (1745-1799) Virtuoso Violinist, Champion Fencer, Royal Guard, Colonel of the Legion Nationale des Americains et du Midi

GEORGE THEOPHILUS WALKER: (b. 1922) Composer, Pianist, Professor Emeritus Rutgers University, New Jersey; Pulitzer Prize Winner 1996

BLIND THOMAS WIGGINS BETHUNE: (1849-1908) Pianist, Composer

Symphonie, Op. 11 No. 2....St. GEORGES: I. Allegro Presto, II. Andante, III. Presto

Lyric for strings.....WALKER

Reve Charmant....BETHUNE



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