Friday, October 19, 2018

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago Opera and Soiree 4 PM Oct. 28

Gary Ossewaarde writes:

Our October 28 will be a spectacular program featuring four African American operatic singers in classical works and both rare and new works by Black composers from Coleridge-Taylor and Florence Price to George T. Walker and Shawn Okpebholo. There will also be instrumental works by our chamber orchestra under the baton of Leslie B. Dunner and Rachel Barton Pine (who has been a leading researcher of works of Black composers) performing Saint-Georges' Concerto for Violin in A Major.

Gary Ossewaarde

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Draws Music by Black Composers to Center Stage

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Publishes
the First Pedagogical Book of Classical Works for Students
Through LudwigMasters October 19

Also Available October 19 is
The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation
Coloring Book of Black Composers

Pine's Blues Dialogues 
Album Featuring Black Composers            
Released by Cedille Records October 19

email if you would like access to full tracks

Can you name three Black classical composers?

Rachel Barton Pine can name 350, and has discovered 900+ compositions by Black composers many of which were previously hidden in the shadows.

On October 19, 2018, the internationally-renowned violinist and her Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation Music by Black Composers (MBC) project celebrate how #BlackisClassical through the release of four landmark projects: MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a series of pedagogical books of music exclusively by Black classical composers; The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers; a timeline poster of 300+ Black classical composers; and Pine’s Blues Dialogues, an album of classical works written by 20th- and 21st-century composers of African descent released by Cedille Records. There are 54 composers represented among the RBP Foundation Coloring Book, MBC Violin Volume 1, and Blues Dialogues, 22% of whom are women.


Celebrate the music of Black Composers by sharing print-at-home coloring pages of composers 
Chiquinha Gonzaga, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
The four projects place Black classical composers and much of their previously overlooked music into today’s cultural consciousness. In doing so, the RBP Foundation hopes to inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training, make the music of Black composers available to all people, and help change the face of classical music and its canon. 

Serving on the Honorary Committee for the RBP Foundation’s MBC project are trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell, actor Leslie Odom, Jr., jazz bassist and composer Stanley Clarke, American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, pianist and composer Billy Childs, American television commentator Gretchen Carlson, pianist and pedagogue André Watts, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste from Black Violin, violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, and double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku.  

Black composers have created masterful classical music for centuries, yet they are underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education, silencing a rich vein of works from global consciousness. As young musicians seldom have the opportunity to study and perform classical music by Black composers, aspiring Black music students struggle to participate in an art form in which they do not appear to belong, perpetuating a lack of diversity on stage and among audiences.

With that in mind, over the last 15 years, Pine and her RBP Foundation have collected more than 900 works by 350+ Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries, representing Africa, North and South America, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Oceania.

Sheet music book MBC Violin Volume I
MBC Violin Volume I, published by LudwigMasters, features 22 works for violin (with 2nd violin or piano accompaniment) by 16 Black composers. These works span 1767 to 2014, representing the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ghana, Nigeria, Switzerland, France, and England. (Please see the end of the release for a complete list of composers.) The playing level is comparable to books 1-2 of the Suzuki Method. 

Violin Volume I includes downloadable reference violin and piano recordings of each piece by Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle. It also contains biographies of each composer; feature articles about Black orchestras past and present and about famous African Americans who played violin - including Solomon Northup, Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, Coretta Scott King, Sheila Johnson; and profiles of three Black role models in classical music: Sphinx founder Aaron P. Dworkin, founder-director of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Lucinda Ali-Landing, and concert violinist Tai Murray. Dworkin also wrote the book’s foreword. Videos of Sphinx laureates Adé Williams and Clayton Penrose-Whitmore performing each piece will be available online. 

Rachel Barton Pine explains, “In the 15 years since we first conceptualized Music by Black Composers we have had the opportunity to speak with many Black musicians about the importance of role models in the arts. Even today, many aspiring Black students live in a community where their particular town’s orchestra may not even have a single player of color in it or leading it. As much as they may love the music, they don’t see a future for themselves. Our goal is to present a variety of Black leaders representing professions in the classical sphere, so that young people may consider the different avenues they may take in music and see someone who looks like them in that role.”

Violin Volume I is the first in a violin series expected to include eight volumes, graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing. Additional orchestral instruments will be the subject of multiple future MBC volumes, and subsequent publications will include works for school orchestras and chamber ensembles. 

RBP Foundation Music by Black Composers Coloring Book and Timeline Poster
MBC will also offer a coloring book of 40 prominent Black composers throughout history, drawn by artist and Dallas Symphony violinist Sho-mei Pelletier, featuring a biography of each composer. 

In partnership with the Sphinx Organization, MBC is also creating a timeline poster designed by Sphinx’s Julie Renfro that features more than 300 Black composers from around the world. Both educational tools will be published by LudwigMasters. Composers featured in the coloring book include Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, J. H. Kwabena Nketia, Daniel Bernard Roumain, José White, Michael Abels, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Ignatius Sancho, Errolyn Wallen, Eleanor Alberga, Amanda Ira Aldridge, Tania J. Leon, Adolphus Hailstork, Alvin Singleton, and Olly Wilson. 

Blues Dialogues
Recorded with pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine’s Blues Dialogues is an album of classical works for unaccompanied violin or violin and piano with a strong blues flavor written almost exclusively by 20th- and 21st-century composers of African descent. Five living composers are represented in the repertoire: Dolores White, Errollyn Wallen, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Charles Brown, and Billy Childs. Other composers include Duke Ellington, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and Clarence Cameron White. (Please see link above or the end of the release for a complete list of composers.)
In his program notes for the album, Mark Clague (Associate Professor of Musicology, American Culture, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan) writes, “Each track draws strength from the tradition of Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Blind Willie Johnson, and Bessie Smith… There are quotes of American fiddle tunes, sonic references to the signal processing of electronic dance music, repairs offered to the racist traditions of minstrelsy, gospel hymns and spirituals, upbeat boogie woogie dance tunes, and screams of anger, frustration, and despair at the killing of Black Americans by those charged to protect them. Each composer draws from the cultural tributaries of the African Diaspora, and each has come to terms with the power of this heritage to forge an utterly personal expression of universal community across time, place, and people.”

It is particularly relevant that Pine should release an album in conjunction with the MBC book and coloring book, as the idea for MBC started with a recording Pine made for Cedille Records in 1997 titled Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The album features historic compositions by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-European composers from the Classical and Romantic eras that had been previously overlooked. Soon after its release, Pine found herself sitting on diversity panels and fielding questions from students, parents, teachers, and colleagues about where to find more works by Black composers. She quickly discovered that most repertoire by Black composers is out of print or only exists in manuscript. So, in 2001, her not-for-profit RBP Foundation committed to the Music by Black Composers project.  

Spreading Awareness of and Access to Music by Black Composers
The RBP Foundation’s MBC efforts are part of a multi-pronged approach to spread awareness of and access to music by Black composers. The MBC website currently features a directory of more than 170 living Black composers for use by performers, researchers, and those wishing to diversify their commissioning. In addition, MBC has joined forces with the Orchestral Music by Black Composers (OMBC) project founded by scholar-harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson and conductor James Blachly, to build an online database of all composers of African descent, living and deceased, worldwide. The database will feature information about numerous individual works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, including instrumentation, length, descriptions, difficulty level, where to find the music, links to recordings, and programming suggestions. MBC Advisory Board members include Sphinx Organization Founder and University of Michigan Professor Aaron Dworkin; Guarneri String Quartet violinist, Curtis Institute of Music Professor, and President of the Board of Directors for Opus 118-Harlem Center for Strings Arnold Steinhart; Concert pianist and pedagogue at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Awadagin Pratt; Roosevelt University Professor of Music and Music Institute of Chicago Violin Faculty Almita Vamos, and Henry Fogel, Dean of Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts and President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theatre.

To purchase MBC Violin Volume I, the MBC Coloring Book, or the MBC Illustrated Timeline visit: 

To purchase Blues Dialogues visit

List of the 54 composers represented in the 
MBC Coloring Book (CB)
Blues Dialogues album (BD), and 
MBC Violin Volume 1 (VV1)
[** indicates a female composer]

Michael Abels (1962-), USA – CB 
**Eleanor Alberga (1949-), Jamaica – CB 
**Amanda Ira Aldridge (1866-1956), United Kingdom – CB 
Ephraim Amu (1899-1995), Ghana - CB
David Baker 1931-2016), USA – CB, BD
Basile Jean Barès (1846-1908), USA – VV1
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), Guadeloupe, France – CB, VV1
**Margaret Bonds (1913-1972), USA – CB 
Charles S. Brown (1940-), USA – BD 
Harry Burleigh (1866-1949), USA – CB 
Billy Childs (1957-), USA – BD 
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), United Kingdom – CB 
Will Marion Cook (1869-1944), USA – VV1
Roque Cordero (1917-2008), Panama, USA – CB 
Noel Da Costa (1929-2002), Nigeria, USA – BD 
Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), Canada, USA – CB 
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974), USA – CB, BD
Joseph Emidy (1775-1835), Guinea, Portugal, United Kingdom – CB 
Felipe Gutiérrez (y) Espinosa (1825-1899), Puerto Rico – VV1
José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830), Brazil – CB 
**Gonzaga, Francesca “Chiquinha” Gonzaga (1847-1935), Brazil – CB, VV1
**Sister Marie Seraphine Gotay (1865-1932), Puerto Rico, USA – VV1
Adolphus Hailstork (1941-), USA – CB 
Francis Johnson (1792-1844), USA – CB 
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), USA – CB 
Scott Joplin (1867/8-1917), USA – CB, VV1
Kenneth Kafui (1951-), Ghana – VV1
Ulysses Kay (1917-1995), USA – CB 
**Tania León (1943-), Cuba, USA – CB 
Wynton Marsalis (1961-), USA – CB 
Thomas J. Martin (19th C.), USA – VV1
**Jessie Montgomery (1981-), USA – CB 
J. H. Kwabena Nketia (1921-), Ghana – CB 
Juwon Ogungbe (1961-), United Kingdom, Nigeria – VV1
**Nkeiru Okoye (1972-), USA – CB 
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), USA – CB, BD
**Florence Price (1887-1953), USA – CB 
Amadeo Roldán (1900-1939), Cuba – CB, VV1
Daniel Bernard Roumain (1970-), Haiti, USA – CB, BD
Godwin Sadoh (1965-), Nigeria, USA – VV1
Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), New Grenada, United Kingdom – CB, VV1
Alvin Singleton (1940-), USA – CB 
**Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989), USA – CB 
Hale Smith (1925-2009), USA – CB 
Fela Sowande (1905-1978), Nigeria, USA – CB 
William Grant Still (1895-1978), USA – CB, BD
George Walker (1922-), USA – CB 
**Errollyn Wallen (1958-), Belize, United Kingdom – CB, BD
Horace Weston (1825-1890), USA – VV1
Clarence Cameron White (1880-1960), USA – CB, BD, VV1
**Dolores White (1932-), USA – BD 
José White (1836-1918), Cuba, Brazil, France – CB 
Thomas Greene “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1908), USA – VV1
Olly Wilson (1937-2018), USA – CB 

About Rachel Barton Pine
The Music by Black Composers project was conceived by the award-winning, Billboard chart topping violinist, Rachel Barton Pine ( who performs with the world's leading orchestras and has recorded 37 acclaimed albums. She became the first living composer to be published as part of Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series with the release of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection. Her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe and she has appeared on The Today Show four times, A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and papers around the world. In addition to the MBC project, her RBP Foundation assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, and Global HeartStrings which supports musicians in developing countries.

For more information, please visit,, and

About LudwigMasters Publications
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About Cedille Records
Launched in November 1989, Grammy Award-winning Cedille Records (pronounced say-DEE) is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the most noteworthy classical artists in and from the Chicago area. The audiophile-oriented label releases every new album in multiple formats: physical CD; 96 kHz, 24-bit, studio-quality FLAC download; and 320 Kbps MP3 download. 

Dr. Megan E. Hill: Music by Black Composers Landmark Publications!

Announcing the release of three landmark Music by Black Composers publications!

Available for order today are the Music by Black Composers Violin Volume I, and the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers, with artwork by Sho-mei Pelletier. The Black Classical Composers Timeline Poster, designed by artist and graphic designer Julie Renfro through a partnership with the Sphinx Organization, will be available to order next week!

Visit the MBC Resources page to learn more about all of these resources!

These MBC publication releases coincide with Rachel Barton Pine’s Blues Dialogues, an album of classical works inspired by the blues written by 20th- and 21st-century composers of African descent, released by Cedille Records. 

In celebration, please feel free to share these three printable coloring book pages of composers Chiquinha GonzagaColeridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

The news stories about MBC Violin Volume I, The RBP Foundation Coloring Book, the timeline poster, and Blues Dialogues have started to break!

Pine's interview on MPR’s syndicated show "Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher" aired on Wednesday. The show broadcast on 45 stations that serve Minnesota.

Strings November feature - Pine goes in depth about Music by Black Composers in a four-page feature. 

“Performance Today” airs its segment with Pine today, Friday, October 19. “Performance Today,” is the most listened-to daily classical music radio program in the United States, with 1.2 million listeners on 237 stations. Pine and her daughter Sylvia perform a selection by Brazilian composer Francesca “Chiquinha” Gonzaga, and Pine and host Fred Child talk about the Coloring Book, album, and Violin Volume I.
NPR expects to air its piece on either “All Things Considered” or on “Morning Edition” by Friday October 26. This will reach 10 million+ listeners.

We are excited to finally share these long-awaited materials with all of you! Thank you to those who have helped make them possible! 

And thank you all for your support and efforts in making classical music a proper reflection of the human experience.

Best wishes,

Megan Hill

Megan E. Hill, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, Head Researcher and Writer
Music by Black Composers
Rachel Barton Pine Foundation 

Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology
Western Michigan University

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sergio Mims: Watch Jeanine De Bique in Handel's "Rodelinda"

Jeanine De Bique

Link to Video:

Sergio A. Mims writes:

I know you and your readers will be interested in this. This is the performance taped yesterday of Jeanine De Bique singing the lead in Handel's Rodelinda at the Opera De Lille in France. It'll be available on the Culturebox website for viewing for a year.

Opera in three acts by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Libretto Nicola Francesco Haym after Antonio Salvi and Corneille

Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm
Director Jean Bellorini

Collaboration to the stage direction Mathieu Coblentz
Sets Jean Bellorini, Véronique Chazal
Costumes Macha Makeïeff
Lights Luc Muscillo
Assistants to the musical direction, repetitor
Benoît Hartoin, Elisabeth Geiger

Rodelinda Jeanine De Bique
Bertarido Tim Mead
Grimoaldo Benjamin Hulett
Eduige Avery Amereau
Unolfo Jakub Józef Orliński
Garibaldo Andrea Mastroni
Le Concert d’Astrée

Dr. Clipper Erickson: Three Performances of R. Nathaniel Dett's Piano Music

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 pm
Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm
1867 Sanctuary Arts & Culture Center
101 Scotch Road, Ewing, New Jersey

Clipper will celebrate piano music in the African-American tradition with a repertoire that includes "Eight Bible Vignettes," Nathaniel Dett's epic work of reconciliation and renewal, the world premiere of "Boogie Lux" by Laurie Altman, and music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margaret Bonds and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm
Rock Hall at Temple University
1715 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Eight Bible Vignettes
Nathaniel Dett's Epic Work of Reconciliation and Renewal

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cedille Records: "Blues Dialogues: Music By Black Composers" Rachel Barton Pine

Blues Dialogues: Music By Black Composers
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
Matthew Hagle, Piano
Cedille Records


C.C. White: Levee Dance

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Rachel Barton Pine, “an exciting, boundary-defying performer” (Washington Post) known for her “bravura technique and soulful musicianship” (New York Times) headlines a groundbreaking album of blues-influenced classical works for violin.                         

DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance STEM Program Video

The DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance and their community partners Comcast and Kaiser Permanente are making future Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) leaders a reality for children in the Washington, DC Metro area (DMV) including students with a disability.

A full-day program is led by HBCU alums who are currently working in STEM related fields providing hands-on experiments to students in grades 9 thru 12.

This is the only STEM program in the DMV that help students with paid internships opportunities. If your company or organization is interested in being a sponsor of our STEM program, contact our
Director of Community Relations at

Veteran, minority, female-owned tech startup wins prestigious award

Shakeia Kegler

(Oct. 16, 2018) – GovLia, a South Florida-based technology company, has won first place in the prestigious PitcHER™ contest. GovLia is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that simplifies every step of the procurement process for small business and government agencies. is one of the leading organizations for women in technology. Their mission is to support women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. In its inaugural year, the PitcHER™ contest celebrates entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early stage technology startups with the goal of empowering women and/or families and children.

GovLia’s prestigious honor will propel the company’s mission to provide small to mid-sized businesses prosperity opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.

“We are humbled and honored to have been recognized for our innovative solutions by the AnitaB Organization,” says Shakeia Kegler, CEO of GovLia. “GovLia's marketplace allows small businesses and government agencies – for the first time - to fully streamline workflows and manage contracts efficiently; saving time, money and resources.”

Kegler, a military veteran and South Florida resident, founded GovLia in 2017:

 “My experiences in the Navy, as a purchaser and as a contract specialist at pharmaceutical company, is what lead me to create GovLia. GovLia is a play on the two words ‘government’ and ‘liaison’ because that is exactly what we are. I wanted to better foster economic opportunities and growth for diverse companies, so no one is left behind. The process needs to be as inclusive as possible, especially for those that are veteran, minority or women-owned,” explained Kegler. “Being that I am a female minority veteran myself, this aspect of my company is very important to me.”

GovLia was initially selected as one of the ten finalists to compete onstage at the Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. All finalists were chosen based on a range of criteria including innovation, impact and business model. Following a live pitching competition, GovLia was selected as the overall winner and awarded $25k in prize money.

About AnitaB Organization is one of the leading organizations for women in technology. Their mission is to support the women in computing and those organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. In its inaugural year, the PitcHER™ contest celebrates entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early stage technology startups with the goal of empowering women and/or families and children.

2018 Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina October 24-27

Anyango Yarbo-Davenport

Colour of Music Festival

The Colour of Music Festival announces the sixth annual Colour of Music Festival October 24-27, 2018 at three historic locations in the heart of downtown Charleston showcasing leading black classical artists from France, Britain, Colombia, and the Caribbean and highlighting the Baroque period (1600s-1750s) and Early Classical period (1730-1809).
Since 2013 the Colour of Music Festival (COMF) has brought international, national, and regional classically trained black musicians of African descent to share their musical talents, knowledge, and inspiration to Charleston. Since March 2018 the Festival has also traveled across the U.S. to leading collegiate venues and performance halls in Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

2018 Colour of Music Festival Highlights
The Baroque to Early Classical music theme is a perfect evolution for the Festival’s expanded Chamber Music Series presentations in Charleston at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum Salon, 21 East Bay Street, Murry Center Salon, 14 George Street, and Burk High Performance Arts Center, 244 President Street in historic downtown Charleston.
Chamber Series I-IV
An impressive display of Baroque gems will include Bach’s Suite for Cello solo featuring Wade Davis, and Telemann’s Viola Concerto for Stings G Major, featuring virtuoso violist, Ashleigh Gordon, and baroque horn player, Van Parker, in a special presentation of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns.
In honor of the late George Walker’s epic legacy as the first black Pulitzer prize-winning black composers, virtuoso violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport will present a recital performance from Mozart to Porgy & Bess joined by pianist Kyle P. Walker in a performance of Mozart’s Sonata No. 32 in B Flat major, K.454 for violin and piano.
Wednesday, October 24 • 2 p.m.
Piano Recital Spotlight
Kyle P. Walker

Wednesday, October 24 • 7 p.m.
Chamber Music I Solo & Chamber Music Showcase
Wade Davis, cellist & Colour of Music Quartet
Thursday, October 25 • 3 p.m.
Baroque Horn Recital Spotlight
Justin L. Bland, Baroque horn

Thursday October 25, • 7 p.m.
Chamber Music II Concerto Showcase
Ashleigh Gordon, violist
Kyle P. Walker, pianist 
Friday, October 26 • 5 p.m.
Chamber Music III from Mozart to Porgy & Bess
Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violinist
Kyle P. Walker, pianist

Saturday, October 27 ● 12 p.m.
Organ Recital Spotlight
Josiah Montgomery, organist

Saturday, October 27 • 7 p.m.
Chamber Music IV Masterworks Showcase
Antoine T. Clark, guest conductor
Kevin Phillip Jones, cellist

Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violinist

“Presenting black classically trained musicians in chamber settings on Charleston’s high battery showcases the many facets of this Festival. What attendees will see and hear this year is Charleston’s classical music history coming full-circle with world-class musicians performing the original versions of what we call classical music,” said Lee Pringle, Founder and Artistic Director. 

“Having the opportunity to conduct and lead world-class musicians and present historic music from the Baroque to early classical period in such a historic and charming city is among my career highlights,” says, Antoine T. Clark, Guest Conductor. 
Colour of Music Festival Tickets and Information 
By phone (866) 811-4111
At door: (credit card, cash or check) before each performance
About the Colour of Music Festival
Based in Charleston, South Carolina and organized in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences throughout the Lowcountry, regionally, and nationally. The Festival has also presented performances in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh, PA.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's 2018 Fall Concert: Tribute to Aretha Franklin - "Respect" Oct. 21, 4 PM

David E. Robinson III writes:

Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's 2018 Fall Concert : Tribute to Aretha Franklin - "Respect"  

Greetings Family, Friends, and Colleagues,

How are you and your family doing?  I am writing to announce that  Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra will hold its Fall Concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:00 PM at the First Congregational Church Commons located at 125 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303.  Tickets are $15.00 for adult and $10.00 for child.  We are remembering The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin - "RESPECT."  Sinfo-Nia will perform some of her hit selections.  Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of classic soul.  One of my original compositions, "Kingdom Reign" will make its debut.  Inspired by the Panther movie and its Wakanda nation, this is an adventurous, moving, powerful, majestic work.

Sinfo-Nia is still accepting new students after this concert beginning Saturday, October 27th.  We are looking for string players on all levels - beginning, intermediate, and advanced - violin, viola, cello, and double bass.  We are accepting advanced level only wind students (woodwinds, brass, and percussion).  We hold classes on Monday evenings 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings 9 AM at First Congregational Church Commons located at 125 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303.  Parents that are interested in enrolling their children can give us a call at (404) 328-0840.  We will give them information on the schedule, tuition, (including affordable payment plans), performance opportunities, our history and travels, famous people we have performed for and with, and so on.    I have attached a flier/poster to post on bulletin boards.  You may make copies to pass out to people.  Also, You may forward this e-mail to family and friends.  

Please consider making a donation (or monthly donations) to Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra on our webpage.  These donations that go towards Sinfo-Nia's operating expenses such as special equipment (including some instruments), performance trips, and other projects will be converted and credited towards financial aid scholarships for those students wishing to join whose family cannot afford it that come from no- and low-income family households.  They would be required to make both the Saturday morning and Monday evening rehearsals and all of the scheduled performances (everything at a minimum of 90%).   They must have transportation (by parent/guardian) and be able to obtain their uniform items.  They must have a willingness to practice at home on their own regularly.  Last, but not least, they must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade-point average with it improving each semester.

Another international trip is in the planning stages for 2020 - Haiti, Cuba, or Jamaica. 

As many of you, I am planning on retiring after this school-year...retirement from the Dekalb County School System - 36 years, all in the Ronald E. McNair Cluster.

I must share a story of my youngest daughter, Briana.  She and a number of string players traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to play with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  They accompanied India Arie, Robin Thicke, Bo Bice, LeAnn Rimes, Tony, Toni, Tone, the Temptations Revue, and others in concert.  One of my former Sinfo-Nia Stephen Lawrence who teaches at North Atlanta High School was a part of that group as well.  I shared this news to my elementary school students and their parents to let them know that these opportunities are a possibility if the students stick with playing their instruments.   

Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions at “The Day of Respect” honoring of unsung heroes by Vizion Dance this past Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Hammond House Museum.   It was truly an honor for me and Alycia to shine among these giants.  I attached the poster that honored us (yes, that's rapper, 50 Cent at the top RH corner and Dr. C.T. Vivian in the middle).  
Mrs. Naomi Barber King will receive distinguished recognition as an "Unsung Shero".  Other honorees include:
W. CALVIN ANDERSON, M.Ed., Founder/CEO, Student Empowerment Program, Inc.
BRENDA M. BERRY, Retired Social Worker, Community Activist
JEWEL L. CRAWFORD, M.D., Physician/Clinical Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
SINDY GUERRERO SCHNEIDER, Founder/President, Dance 411 Studios
KENDALL MINTER, ESQ., Managing Member, Minter & Associates, LLC
ISABELLE DOLL NGCOBO, Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Soweto Street Beat Dance Theater
PETER B. NGCOBO, Founder/Executive Director, Soweto Street Beat Dance Theater
BABS ONABANJO, Ph.D., A. D. King Foundation, Inc.
DAVID & ALYCIA ROBINSON, Founder & General Manager, Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra
HONEY ROCKWELL, CEO, Rockwell Dance Academy
BISHOP AL B. SERMON, Motivational Speaker

Have a wonderfully blessed day.

David E. Robinson III

Please check out Sinfo-Nia's website at