Thursday, March 14, 2013

Interview of William J. Zick by Rachel Katz of WWFM, The Classical Network, Focuses on AfriClassical and, and is Available Online

Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries; Rachel Barton, violin; Encore Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hege, conductor; Cedille CDR 90000 035 (1997).  Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2 (1775) (23:43)

AfriClassical is pleased to post a link to a radio interview which aired on WWFM on March 2, 2013:

WWFM, The Classical Network was founded in 1982 and is based in New Jersey.  It primarily serves listeners in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  One of its regular programs is "A Tempo With Rachel Katz."  "A Tempo is a 30-minute public affairs program devoted to issues, challenges and opportunities facing the performing arts."

Host Rachel Katz interviewed William J. Zick on February 11, 2013 for a March 2, 2013 broadcast.  The interview can now be heard on the Internet at   The first three minutes of the broadcast are devoted to recent deaths of classical musicians, including the renowned conductor and educator James DePreist, who is featured at, and the baroque oboist Washington McClain, whose passing was noted on AfriClassical Blog.  

The interview is approximately 17 minutes long, and is followed by a comment on the website and the blog from Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, Artistic Director & Vice President of Programming at the Sphinx Organization.  Among other topics, Rachel Katz asked why the website was launched, how musicians of African descent have responded and how the site might evolve in the future.

A pivotal recording in the establishment of was Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, pictured above.  The CD includes the Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2 of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), the Afro-French composer, violinist and conductor who was also a leading swordsman and a hero of the French Revolution.  Rachel Katz closed the program with the Rondeau (4:35) from the Violin Concerto.

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