Thursday, September 26, 2013

John Malveaux: 'Long Beach UNTOLD HISTORY' of Concert Pianist Natalie Hinderas

Natalie Hinderas Plays Sensuous Piano Music by Berg, Ravel, Ginastera, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Saint-Georges; Natalie Hinderas, Piano; Orion Master Recordings LAN0050

John Malveaux of writes:

Concert pianist Natalie Hinderas died in 1987. When she learned that she had terminal cancer, she said to friends, "God must need another pianist in heaven." New York Times critic Raymond Ericson recounted how a business manager, reflecting the prejudice then so prevalent toward black musicians, once told Hinderas: "You know, Natalie, a little colored girl like you can't play the Hollywood Bowl." At that time she was well into a professional career as a pianist. But as triumph built upon triumph, Natalie did appear as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha at the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 1972.
Retired Long Beach Superior Court Judge Marcus Tucker's mother was a close friend of Natalie Hinderas and the great pianist visited her home in Long Beach. Judge Tucker's mother is also deceased but Judge Tucker has clear recollections of Natalie Hinderas and we share a collection of her music. See

John Malveaux

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