Monday, January 17, 2011

John Malveaux: “The piano performance by Dr. Hansonia Caldwell on 'For Every Mountain' was compelling”

[Dr. Hansonia Caldwell]

John Malveaux of tells AfriClassical:

“I attended the twenty-sixth commemorative concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. & Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Trinity Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California.

“The program featured the Alpha Kappa Alpha Chorus, Dr. Hansonia Caldwell, director, the Delta Sigma Theta Choraliers, Mrs. Danellen Joseph, director, the United Methodist Male Chorus, Mr. Perry Hayes, director, the Pan-Hellenic Chorus 2011 and featured guest artist Nicholas King. Nicholas attends The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

“Several choral performances generated standing ovations. 'For Every Mountain' composed by Kurt Carr, Jennifer George, soloist generated an intensive and long continuing standing ovation to close the program. The piano performance by Dr. Hansonia Caldwell on 'For Every Mountain' was compelling and penetrating. Mrs. Danellen Joseph choral directing during the program denied age with poetic movement and expression.”

The African American Art Song Alliance
“Dr. Hansonia Caldwell is a recently retired professor of music at California State University Dominguez Hills, with academic specialties in music, African-American music history, piano, choral conducting and humanities. Dr. Caldwell, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and the MM and PhD degrees in Musicology from the University of Southern California. Over the years, she has taught at USC, at CSU Long Beach, and at Santa Monica City College.” “Most recently, Dr. Caldwell has become Founding Director of the Program for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians, an organization that has as its primary mission the study of the life and work of African Diaspora musicians in the field of sacred music and the preservation and performance of their music.

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