Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dr. Hansonia Caldwell: 'Musical Tribute Slated for Dr. Don Lee White' 11 a.m. Nov. 27

[Dr. Don Lee White]

Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She has provided AfriClassical with a News Release from Dr. Hansonia Caldwell:

"News Release
The life and music of Dr. Don Lee White will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 27. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Grant AME Church, 10435 S. Central Ave. The Rev. Vernon Burroughs is pastor. Special performances will feature the dlw Community Chorale, which was founded by Dr. White, the Community Mass Choir along with guest vocalists and musicians.

"The Community Mass Choir is being formed of singers from throughout the community who performed with Dr. White. Rehearsals will be held at Grant AME Church on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., for those singing in the mass choir.

"Dr. Roland M. Carter, longtime friend and immediate past president of the National Association of Negro Musicians, along with Dr. Albert J. McNeil, founder of the McNeil Jubilee Singers and mentor of Dr. White, and Byron Smith, National Vice President of the National Association of Negro Musicians, will direct the choirs.

"The celebration is planned in honor of the memory of Dr. White. The noted organist, pianist, arranger, composer and director was widely known throughout the nation for his musical expertise. A native Angeleno, he attended Los Angeles City College, California State University, Los Angeles, USC and Stanford University. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Monrovia in West Africa."

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