Friday, May 22, 2009

MusicUNTOLD Orchestra & Chorale Debut in Long Beach at JUNETEENTH Celebration June 13

[John Malveaux, Founder (above); Joseph R. Taylor, Conductor (below)]

John Malveaux sends AfriClassical a Press Release:
New ORCHESTRA & CHORALE debut in Long Beach
Joseph R. Taylor, Compton Unified School District music teacher and conductor of Bellflower Symphony, will conduct the new MusicUNTOLD Orchestra & Chorale debut performance at the 13th annual free Long Beach JUNETEENTH Celebration on Saturday June 13, 2009 at Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. in Long Beach. MusicUNTOLD Orchestra & Chorale were founded by Long Beach resident John Malveaux to present little-known and seldom-performed historically significant compositions. 

American composer Roy Harris' "Bicentennial Symphony" premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1976 to celebrate our Nation's 200th year. The composition is the strongest musical statement on U.S. History and slavery ever made by an American composer. The chorus sings passages from the Preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation as well as original passages. The June 13th performance under the baton of Joseph R. Taylor will be the West Coast premiere and first performance since the 1976 premiere. 

Zanaida Robles is Choral Director. 2009 is the Bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, a federal agency, has endorsed the musical performance as an official event of the Commission. The free Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration starts at noon and ends at 5:00PM. Additional entertainment includes international blues artist Mighty Mo Rodgers and Latin jazz giant Bobby Rodriguez. Chairs, blankets and umbrellas are welcome. For more information contact 562 570-3150 or

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