Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Music of the Haitian Composer Julio Racine is Now Available Online at 'Chansons D'Haiti'

Julio Racine (December 2013)

Julio Racine is a Haitian composer, arranger and flutist.  He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on February 4, 1945 and is featured at AfriClassical.comIn 1970, while still residing in Haiti, Julio Racine was the scholarship recipient at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, School of Music. There he studied flute with Prof. Francis Fuge and composition with Dr. Nelson Keyes. He graduated in 1974 and returned to Haiti. 

Julio was immediately given a faculty appointment as Professor of Flute and Conductor of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra (
Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité).  He has given numerous flute and chamber music recitals in Haiti.  In 1984 he conducted the Holy Trinity Orchestra on a tour of several U.S. cities.

From 1975 through the year 1986 Julio Racine had a key role in organizing the Summer Music Camp for young musicians in Haiti, the “École de Musique Saint Trinité.” In 1979 Julio attended a conducting symposium with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, Massachusetts and took flute lessons with Doriot Dwyer of the Boston Symphony.  He retired from the faculty of Holy Trinity School in 2001, and relocated to the U.S.

Racine's works are essentially Haitian-inspired, and have been performed and well-received in Haiti.  He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he devotes his time to composing, arranging and orchestrating vocal and instrumental pieces of music. 

Samples can be found at AfriClassical.com, at YouTube.com and at Chansons D'Haiti, http://www.chansonsdhaiti.com/index.html.  

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