Monday, December 28, 2009

Regina Carter Plays Violin Concerto of Billy Childs in Detroit Symphony's 'Classical Roots in the 21st Century' Jan. 29 & 30

[Billy Childs, Composer]

AfriClassical excerpts a post of the Detroit Symphony's blog for December 2009:
Classical Roots in the 21st Century
Billy Childs’ Violin Concerto with Regina Carter Anchors Groundbreaking Music Program
By Marilou Carlin
Classical music written by African-American composers has been at the heart of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 'Classical Roots' concerts since the series was introduced 32 years ago. During this time, the concerts have presented brilliant works by celebrated 20th century composers including William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Ulysses Simpson Kay and Duke Ellington, to name just a few.

“While these legendary artists will no doubt continue to be revisited in the coming years, 'Classical Roots' wholeheartedly embraces the 21st century this season as it focuses on contemporary composers. Three generations of working composers are represented in this year’s concerts (January 29 and 30), reflecting the tremendous contributions that African Americans are currently making to classical music. They include Olly Wilson, 72; William “Billy” Childs, 52; and James Lee III, 34.

“The centerpiece of the 'Classical Roots' program, which Slatkin will also conduct, is the World Premiere of Childs’ Violin Concerto, written for and to be performed by celebrated jazz violinist and Detroit native, Regina Carter.” “Childs, who has long enjoyed a dual career as a composer and jazz pianist, recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his work on 'jazz chamber music,' a genre that he describes as 'the symbiotic synthesis of America’s classical music — jazz — and European classical chamber music.'

“Carter received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, at which time the organization noted how 'her early training as a classical musician is reflected in the fluidity, grace and balance of her performance.'” “Olly Wilson, who also began his career as a jazz pianist, has been composing for more than 40 years.” “The DSO concerts will feature the DSO Premiere of Lumina, a work that explores the 'aural qualities of luminosity.'” “James Lee III, who received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, says that his work Beyond Rivers of Vision was 'inspired by rivers of the bible and the visions of men associated with those rivers.'” [Duke Ellington, Ulysses Simpson Kay, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and William Grant Still are profiled at]


John Malveaux said...

congratulation to Maestro Leonard Slatkin and DSO. Is a recording of the piece currently available or will a recording by the DSO become available at a later date

jessica said...

The Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra will also be performing this piece as well with Ms. Carter, this winter. I am apart of which and I'm very much looking forward to it.