Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Sinfonietta: James P. Johnson's "Drums - A Symphonic Poem"

James P. Johnson

The Chicago Tribune

By Howard Reich

September 25, 2018

Immigrants built this country, and if you don’t believe it, you weren’t at the opening of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s 31st season Monday night in Orchestra Hall.

This intrepid organization , which continuously redefines what a symphonic concert can be, on this evening explored “ID: Images of Diversity.” Meaning that every work on the program represented a distinct cultural tradition, all of which – like the ethnicities they represented – found a home in America.


At the end, the actors delivered the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, including the immortal line: “Give me your tired, your poor….”

With the orchestra stirring in the background and an image of the statue on the screen, you had to be fairly hard-hearted not to be moved.

But that wasn’t the evening’s only homage to cultural diversity.

How often, after all, does a symphonic concert present orchestral work by the great jazz/stride pianist James P. Johnson? Not often enough, a situation addressed when Chen led the orchestra in Johnson’s “Drums – A Symphonic Poem.” The piece paired Roaring ’20s rhythms with European symphonic instrumentation, its exultant finale ranking among the composer’s most compelling work.

ADCOLOR Announces Winners at the 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards in Los Angeles

Evening hosted by Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, honored #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, Among Many Others

Presented by Microsoft & Omnicom Group

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 25, 2018) – During the annual celebration of those working to champion diversity and inclusion across the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries, ADCOLOR recognized exceptional leaders at the 12th annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony. The event, hosted by Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, honored #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, among others. Additional attendees included presenters such as President & CEO GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis, star of “13 Reasons Why” and “Star Trek: Discovery” Wilson Cruz, actor Jay Ellis and actor James LeSure, along with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren.

Each year, the ADCOLOR® Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR®’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another.

Please see the below list of this year’s honorees and winners:

The ADCOLOR Catalyst Award is presented to an individual of note who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community. Their provocative courage, professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have sparked change and propelled progress within their respective industries and the world.
HONOREE: Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo Movement

The ADCOLOR Advocate Award is presented to an LGBT advertising, marketing or media professional who increases awareness of LGBT causes within and outside of the creative industries.
HONOREE: Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost

The ADCOLOR Legend Award is presented to a trailblazer who isn’t afraid to be different and who showed brilliance in his/her actions, a singular leader in their industry.
HONOREE: Ann Mukherjee, Chief Global Marketing Officer, SC Johnson

HONOREE: Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP & COO, Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever

The ADCOLOR in Tech Award is presented to an individual who has championed diversity & inclusion in the tech industries.
WINNER: CP McBee, Senior Sales Director, Microsoft Advertising

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to inductees into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement or individuals who are seasoned industry veterans who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for generations to come to take the opportunities made by these icons, even further.
HONOREE: Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP, Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner (presented in memoriam)

The One Club|ADCOLOR Creative Award is presented to a creative professional of multicultural background who has demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines. These recipients are chosen by The One Club Board of Directors.
HONOREE: AJ Hassan, VP Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago
HONOREE: Shannon Washington, SVP, Creative Director, Deutsch LA

The ADCOLOR Ad of the Year Award is given to a campaign or single execution that pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media.
WINNER: Procter & Gamble / BBDO New York / “The Talk”

The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award is presented to an individual within a company who is using their talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that person’s primary role.
WINNER: Elisha Greenwell, Brand Strategist, Facebook

The ADCOLOR Innovator Awards is presented to a remarkable professional who embodies progress and imagination. Someone who stands out among peers as a game changer and pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible.

WINNER: Rodney Williams, CEO, LISNR

The ADCOLOR Rock Star Award is presented to an outstanding professional who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, stands out as a leader and visionary in the industry.
WINNER: Eunique Jones Gibson, Founder, Because Of Them We Can

The ADCOLOR Rising Star Award is presented to an up-and-coming young gun with less than seven years of experience. The Rising Star honoree is someone who stands out among their peers as someone who is raising the bar of excellence as they move forward in their career.
WINNER: Morgan Hewett, Client Solutions Manager, Facebook

The ADCOLOR MVP Award is presented to two or more companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier with NMSDC or WBENC certification that team up for short or long-term projects that promote diversity and inclusion in the creative industries.
WINNER: Egami Group & BBDO

In addition, this year a Special Recognition Award was given to President & CEO of the American Advertising Federation James Edmund Datri, for his long-time commitment to supporting ADCOLOR as the organization has grown and developed over the years.


ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. Learn more by visiting www.adcolor.org.

In addition to presenting sponsors Microsoft and Omnicom Group, the 2018 ADCOLOR Conference & Awards were sponsored by:

Diamond Partners: Apple, Cashmere Agency, Diageo, Google / YouTube, Oath, Procter & Gamble

Platinum Partners: ADWEEK, Beats by Dr. Dre, Facebook, GSD&M, Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, Viacom, Wieden+Kennedy

Gold Partners: 72andSunny, Dentsu Aegis Network, Deutsch, Digitas, Squeaky

Silver Partners: DDB, Edelman, HP, OWN, Pandora

Supporting Partners: Anomaly, BBDO, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Concentric, the DAS Group of Companies, ESPN, FCB Chicago, Google / YouTube, HBO, IPG, KBS, McCann Worldgroup, NBCUniversal, NIKE, Ogilvy, Omnicom Media Group, on she goes, Pinterest, Publicis Groupe, Shea Moisture, Squarespace, TBWA \ Media Arts Lab, TripAdvisor

ADCOLOR Corporate Members: The American Association of Advertising Agencies, 72andSunny, The ADVERTISING Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO, BET Networks, Deutsch, Dieste, Inc., Droga5, Edelman, Omnicom Group, The ONE Club, Publicis Groupe, TBWA\ Worldwide, and Wieden+Kennedy

Sergio Mims: 20th Century & contemporary Black composers on WHPK-FM Tue. Oct. 9

Howard Swanson

Adolphus Hailstork

Pamela Z

Sergio A. Mims writes:

On my weekly classical music show on WHPK-FM  Chicago on Tuesday Oct. 9 I will highlighting the works of 20th Century and contemporary African American composers. The show will include:

Howard Swanson Concerto for Orchestra and Symphony No. 2 (Short Symphony)

Adolphus Hailstork Symphony No. 3  

And contemporary electronic composer Pamela Z with And the Movement of the Tongue for string orchestra and tape and works for solo voice and electronics. 

The show will also feature Karlheinz Stockhausen Gruppen for three orchestras and Henze's Violin Concerto No. 3. 

My show can be heard locally in Chicago on WHPK-FM in Chicago on 88.5FM from 12-3PM (Central time) and livestream worldwide on the station's website at whpk - home.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Harlem Chamber Players: This Friday at 7 PM - Season Opening Concert

Season Opening Concert
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7 PM

Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025
114th Street and Broadway

Click here for directions.
Click here to view and print a flyer.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Purchase online now for discounted tickets.

Children 12 and under admitted for free!

Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
Vaughan-Williams Phantasy Quintet
Brahms Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op.18

Julietta Curenton, Flute
Joyce Hammann, Violin
Claire Chan, Violin
Richard Brice, Viola
Aundrey Mitchell, Viola
Robert Burkhart, Cello
Caryl Paisner, Cello

Hosted by
Eric K. WashingtonIndependent historian whose upcoming book, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal, is slated for publication by Liveright in summer 2018   

John Malveaux: NYTimes.com: Arthur Mitchell Is Dead at 84; Showed the Way for Black Dancers

Arthur Mitchell in 1963. He was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and ’60s. (New York Times)
(Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

John Malveaux of 

Arthur Mitchell's death covered coast to coast

The New York Times

September 19, 2018

Arthur Mitchell, a charismatic dancer with New York City Ballet in the 1950s and ’60s and the founding director of the groundbreaking Dance Theater of Harlem, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84.

His death, at a hospital, was caused by complications of heart failure, said Juli Mills-Ross, a niece. He lived in Manhattan.

Mr. Mitchell, the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom, was one of the most popular dancers with New York City Ballet, where he danced from 1956 to 1968 and displayed a dazzling presence, superlative artistry and powerful sense of self.

That charisma served him well as the director of Dance Theater of Harlem, the nation’s first major black classical company, as it navigated its way through severe financial problems in recent decades and complex aesthetic questions about the relationship of black contemporary dancers to an 18th-century European art form.

When asked in an interview with The New York Times in January what he considered his greatest achievement, he said, “That I actually bucked society, and an art form that was three, four hundred years old, and brought black people into it.”

His dancing in just two roles created for him by George Balanchine ensured him a place in American ballet history.

In the first, in “Agon,” a trailblazing masterwork of 20th-century ballet that had its premiere in 1957, Mr. Mitchell embodied the edgy energy of the piece in a difficult, central pas de deux that Balanchine choreographed for him and Diana Adams.

In this duet, “Balanchine explored most fully the possibilities of linear design in two extraordinary supple and beautifully trained human bodies,” the dance historian and critic Lillian Moore wrote.

In the January interview, Mr. Mitchell described Balanchine’s challenge.

“Can you imagine the audacity to take an African-American and Diana Adams, the essence and purity of Caucasian dance, and to put them together on the stage?” he said. “Everybody was against him. He knew what he was going against, and he said, ‘You know my dear, this has got to be perfect.’ ”

Five years after “Agon,” Balanchine created the role of a lifetime for Mr. Mitchell as the high-flying, hard-dancing, naughty Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He danced the part, Walter Terry wrote, “as if he were Mercury subjected to a hotfoot.”
Mr. Mitchell would forever be identified with the role.

One of the last ballets Mr. Mitchell performed with City Ballet was Balanchine’s “Requiem Canticles,” a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. created shortly after he was killed in 1968.

Profoundly affected by the King assassination, Mr. Mitchell began to work toward establishing a school that would provide the children of Harlem with the kinds of opportunities he had had.

He founded the Dance Theater of Harlem the next year with Karel Shook, a friend and longtime mentor. In the early 2000s, the company, along with its dance school, faced mounting debt, and it was forced to go on hiatus in 2004. But it returned to performance in reduced form in 2012 and now tours regularly and performs at City Center. The school today has more than 300 students.

Mr. Mitchell became artistic director emeritus of Dance Theater in 2011.

He returned to the company in August to oversee a production of “Tones II,” a restaging of one of his older ballets. It is to be performed in April, to commemorate Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary.

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: Mingling: Do You! (2:42)

Aaron P. Dworkin writes:

Greetings and welcome to this week's episode of AaronAsk, your weekly mentoring session to live a fulfilling creative life!  This week's episode is titled, Mingling: Do You!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

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Thanks for sharing!  [Aaron P. Dworkin] 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Broadway World: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Fela Sowande's Africa Suite

Fela Sowande (1905-1987)

The Africa Suite of Fela Sowande will be performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 PM and Monday, October 8 at 7:30 PM, according to the COP website, 

Broadway World

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) Season Opening Concert, AFRICA Begins Migrations Season

September 18, 2018

A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) announces the opening of their 2018/2019 season Migrations with their season opening concert, AFRICA.

The Chamber Orchestra's Migrations season takes audiences on a journey through many regions from which Philadelphia residents and their ancestors originated. AFRICA features music of two major African composers: Nigerian Fela Sowande, whose beautiful and graceful melodies, many derived from sources from his native land, are the core of his African Suite; and Tunde Jegede, born in London of a Nigerian father, who traveled to The Gambia to study the griot tradition of native music and storytelling, which dates back to the 13th century.


Fela Sowande, the son of an Anglican minister in Lagos, studied church music as well as organ and piano in Nigeria, until, at the age of 19, he moved to London. There he made a name for himself as a jazz musician, founding a band, playing with Fats Waller, and performing as soloist for an early London performance of Rhapsody in Blue. He found a post as organist for the BBC, playing a wide variety of music. Eventually, he returned to Nigeria and became head of the music section of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, where his programming explored (among other things) traditional Yoruba music, mythology and culture. After teaching African studies in Nigeria and America, Sowande passed away in 1987.

The African Suite was composed in 1944, and frames traditional African folksongs in a more European idiom, while retaining their characteristic rhythms and pentatonic melodies. The melodies are accompanied by a variety of sounds that call to mind nature, African plucked instruments, lullabies, nostalgia, and lively dance episodes. The finale became well-known to Canadian audiences as the theme for a popular program, "Gilmour's Albums."

BroadwayWorld: BWW Review: Bullock's Back and the [Other] Met's Got Her

Julia Bullock
(Broadway World)

September 18, 2018

Julia Bullock is at the Met in New York this year--but not necessarily the one that comes to mind when you're thinking about performances by an opera singer. It's the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the soprano kicked off her year as Artist-in-Residence (2018-2019) on Saturday night with "History's Persistent Voice," the first in a series of five concerts.

 Of course, soprano Bullock is not your average opera singer but a unique artist, as I found out last spring when she appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, singing everything from Schubert to the Blues. (She's yet to perform a full-length opera in New York, except during her time at Juilliard.) She was, in a word, "spectacular"--as I wrote about the Weill concert--not a description I throw around too often, but as appropriate then as it was at her concert this weekend, though her recent outing was in most ways as different in style as it was in content.

If she has any diva-worthy tendencies, they weren't on view at the Met, in an event inspired by the museum's current show, "History Refused to Die." Yes, she's passionate, but only in the service of her material, whether old or new, and those who helped bring her arresting content to life. There never seemed to be any emotions not called for in the material.

Her demeanor changed as she gave herself over to the songs, using her brilliant voice smartly, by turns low-key, angry, mournful and inspired, and adding hand-clapping, snapping fingers and other effects as called for. Her voice also morphed in the course of the concert, starting out with a decidedly mezzo-ish sound, then moving into full-fledged soprano and back again.

Of course, she not only performed but programmed the evening, proving that the intelligence she displayed in her Weill recital was no one-trick-pony. Saturday's "History's Persistent Voice" consisted of the world premieres of music by four African American women composers.

Some were new settings by Jessie Montgomery (also violinist in the ensemble) of five traditional slave songs chosen by Bullock from "Slave Songs of the United States: The Classic 1867 Anthology" while others were new works on the same theme by Courtney Bryan ("The Hard Way"), Allison Loggins-Hull ("Momma's Precious Little Thing") and Tania Leon ("Green Pastures"). Each of the composers had the sense to take a musical approach that, even when moving into modest discord, made sense with the words being sung. 

Omaha.com: "triumphant night of Beethoven, Bernstein" conducted by Thomas Wilkins

Thomas Wilkins

Drew Neneman

September 22, 2018

Review: Omaha Symphony opens season with triumphant night of Beethoven, Bernstein

What fate destroys, faith renews.

This conflict and comfort were the center of the Omaha Symphony’s season-opening concert on Friday night at the Holland Center.

Almost 250 years after Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, during the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein, the orchestra presented three works by the two composers meant to light up Omaha’s imagination on the topics of mortality, destiny and how art can express each. Music Director Thomas Wilkins conducted.

The evening opened with the overture to Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio.” Bleak at the beginning, the overture quickly becomes a high-energy trip along the border of romantic and classical era styles. The opera itself is still contested as a successful piece of drama. But like everything by Beethoven there is something worth treasuring within it, and this overture displays some of the finest attributes of the larger work. Tremendous texture and lively melody complement the early moments of dark foreshadowing.

The second feature of the program was Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” Inspired by W.H. Auden’s 1947 poem of the same name, Bernstein’s 1949 symphonic work guides the listener along a single evening’s discussion of existence and purpose had by three men and a woman at a Manhattan bar.

Bernstein wrote the larger musical work for much the same reason Auden composed the poem: The 20th century had changed the way multiple generations experienced God, faith and purpose in the wake of two world wars, a global economic transformation and the onset of the nuclear age. After a tortured opening theme, the characters debate, dream about, grieve, celebrate and ultimately renew their belief in humanity’s purpose.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Grasping Water: Three Songs by Maria Thompson Corley (YouTube 5:01)

Maria Thompson Corley

Published on Sep 17, 2018

1. My Heart is Awake 
2. Drop Your Mask 
3. Jumbo's Revenge: A Love Poem 

Kristin Sims, soprano 
Maria Thompson Corley, piano 

Words and music by Maria Thompson Corley, Jumbo's Revenge music by Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Maria Thompson Corley

Heart Riddle 2 (Tango) by Maria Thompson Corley (YouTube 3:23)

Maria Thompson Corley

Published September 18, 2018

From Three Heart Riddles' 
Words and music by Maria Thompson Corley 
Kristin Sims, soprano; Maria Thompson Corley, piano

Composers.com: Overture to Treemonisha (Scott Joplin opera), at U. of Connecticut, Dec. 6

Scott Joplin

Overture to Treemonisha (Scott Joplin opera, orchestrated by T. J. Anderson), at University of Connecticut, Dec. 6


Dec 6 2018 - 8:00pm
The University of Connecticut Orchestra, with Dr. Paul McShee, director, will perform Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Overture, as orchestrated by T. J. Anderson, on December 6th at von der Mehden Recital Hall (link is external), University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. This concert also features the winners of the 2018 UConn Concerto Compeitition and Mississippi River Suite by Florence Price. The University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is made up of approximately 75 student musicians–undergraduate and graduate. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Start the season with the CSO's African American Network

Sheila A. Jones writes:

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra African American Network enters its third year in the 2018/19 season!
This season, the CSOA commemorates the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I with its theme “A Time for Reflection—A Message of Peace.” This season for peace presents many occasions to reflect and connect with others through music, and throughout 2018/19, the AAN will present complementary educational seminars, recitals and artistic experiences, as well as opportunities for AAN members, friends and their families to attend incredible CSO and Symphony Center Presents Jazz concerts.
With the personal encouragement of Riccardo Muti, the CSOA family seeks to empower the African American community to embrace Symphony Center and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as their “home away from home” for cultural experiences. To support this crucial initiative, I am thrilled to announce my new full-time position as Director of Community Stewardship for the African American Network. 
Here are some of the AAN’s 2017/2018 season highlights:
  • The AAN hosted its second Black History Month celebration on February 24, 2018, titled “The Identity of Color: Black Composers in New Music,” which featured a screening of the 1927 silent film "The Scar of Shame" with new music by acclaimed composer, conductor and violist Renée Baker. After the film, the audience participated in a Q&A hosted by CSOA President Jeff Alexander and Baker.
  • On April 12, 2018, the AAN presented a recital and lecture by pianist, music teacher and scholar Samantha Ege: “A Celebration of Women in Music: Composing the Black Chicago Renaissance.” The event explored the contributions of African American composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds.
  • Once again, the AAN collaborated with the Gene Siskel Film Center as an official partner for its annual Black Harvest Film Festival.
  • On June 11, 2018, AAN members co-sponsored the League of the CSOA’s annual Corporate Night, which featured Gregory Porter in concert with the CSO.
I eagerly anticipate another season of uplifting events! Here are just a few of the AAN programs scheduled for 2018/2019:
  • On Friday, November 2, 2018, the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series presents a concert featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Roy Hargrove, as well as a world-premiere SCP commission showcasing AAN member and contemporary ragtime pianist Reginald R. Robinson. This commission celebrates James Reese Europe, whose “Hellfighters” regiment first brought black American music to France during the Great War. Join us before the concert for a Q&A with Robinson in Grainger Ballroom!
  • The AAN’s third annual Black History Month celebration will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019! This event, titled “The Baldwin Chronicles: Midnight Ramble,” will feature Renée Baker’s NEOpera ensemble and guest vocalists.
  • On Sunday, May 4, 2019, we will celebrate the life of George Walker with a recital of the legendary composer’s works.
Visit our website at cso.org/AAN for more details about CSO performances, including special ticket offers reserved exclusively for African American Network supporters and friends. Our site is updated regularly and also includes information about additional events, open rehearsals and free community concerts—be sure to check back often! If you’re on Facebook, please click here to join the AAN Facebook group.
Feel free to contact me directly at africanamericannetwork@cso.org or by phone at 312-294-3045. I look forward to your participation and feedback. Thank you for your support of the CSO African American Network. You are proof of an expanding sense of joy, creativity and musical community that knows no limits!
Joyfully yours,

Sheila A. Jones
Director of Community Stewardship,
African American Network

John Malveaux: Sept. 20 Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in "Spaces"

John Malveaux and Wynton Marsalis

John Malveaux of 

Sept. 20, 2018 attended Hollywood Bowl performance of STORIES of a GROOVE by Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra/Gerald Clayton Trio and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents SPACES. See clip of SPACES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QutDGhbPc. The character and sensitivity of Sir Wynton Marsalis became very evident to me when we connected visually and during an extended hand shake for the first time at the reception following his narration and the encore for SPACES. Just as Sir Wynton Marsalis has characterized different animals through jazz and dance, I am intrigued with the idea of Sir Wynton Marsalis composing a similar piece depicting different personalities within our human kind. See selfie with Sir Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Statement on the Passing of NOBLE Former National President John S. Pritchard III

John S. Pritchard III

[Alexandria, VA]  Today, September 19, 2018, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National President Vera Bumpers, released the following statement on the passing of former NOBLE National President John Pritchard: 

"The members of NOBLE are mourning the loss of our dear friend and former National President, John S. Pritchard III.  Pritchard served as NOBLE's national president from 1993-1994 spearheading reforms in policing as a result of the War on Drugs and influx of gang activity.  As an experienced and proven leader in criminal justice and policing, Pritchard ascended to the presidency at NOBLE having served in the NYPD and the FBI respectively.   Being most well-known for bringing an end to the long-running organized crime family--- Genovese, former President Pritchard was a man known for his dogged pursuit of justice and crime reduction."
Pritchard was born in Mount Vernon, New York and dedicated a large part of his career to ensuring that community engagement remained a focal point to policing. During his time as Mount Vernon's Commissioner of Public Safety, Pritchard noted the effects of unemployment on crime and decided to do something about it. He advanced policies to create more employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and young adults. His efforts were lauded by city and state leadership.

Pritchard was a larger than life leader in the criminal justice field with expansive roles in a variety of spaces including:  
  • NYPD patrolman: April 1965 - March 1968:
  • NYPD detective: March 1968 - October 1976
  • FBI special agent: October 1976 - November 1981
  • FBI supervisory special agent: November 1981 - October 1983
  • FBI inspector's aide-in-place: October 1983 - April 1987
  • Director, Petroleum, Alcohol & Tobacco - NYS Department of Taxation & Finance: April 1987 - February 1988
  • MTA inspector general: March 1988 - January 1993
  • NYPD first deputy police commissioner: January 1993 - January 1994
  • Deputy chief, NYC Transit Police: February 1994 - January 1995
  • Acting chief, NYC Transit Police: January-April 1995
  • Police commissioner, city of Mount Vernon: July 1996 - June 1998
  • Inspector general & deputy police commissioner, Westchester County: July 1998 - October 1999
"John S. Pritchard III will be missed.  My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, their family and grandchildren, who have all acknowledged that though Pritchard made his mark on society with a badge and a code of honor, his life long influence and legacy was seen most earnestly at home."

Note: John S. Pritchard III passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
A memorial service and celebration of Pritchard's life will be held in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in the near future. Forest Hills Funeral Homes in Palm City, Florida, is handling arrangements.

NWS.edu: New World Symphony in Florence Price's Third Symphony Sept. 22

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

New World Symphony

September 19, 2018

by Marci Falvey

On Saturday, September 22, NWS Fellows will come together on stage for the first time for the Pre-Season Orchestra Concert: Symphonic Roots. Making his debut on the podium is conductor Joshua Weilerstein, Artistic Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and former Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Joshua comes from a family of famous musicians that includes his sister, cellist Alisa (who last appeared with NWS in May 2017), father/violinist Donald and mother/pianist Vivian Hornik.

Joshua will be leading Fellows in a special performance of Florence Price’s Third Symphony--yet another NWS debut. Born in 1887, Price was the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra in 1933. On his podcast Sticky Notes, Joshua takes a deep dive into the life and music of this mostly unknown composer, her powerfully original voice, what it means to perform her music today and how to develop a performance tradition with music that has been performed so rarely.

TheWright.org: "Music and Saints: The Art of Jerome Wright" Now to February 2019

Dancer in White Mixed Media 60* x 48*

On loan courtesy of Jerome Wright

The Deaconess Pew Mixed Media 96* x 48*
On loan courtesy of Jerome Wright

Charles H. Wright Museum 
of African American History

In this exhibition, Music and Saints, Jerome Wright features 19 new works that capture spirituality in various forms, from religious worship to music. Wright is a prolific artist, musician, and dancer who works primarily with oil pastels. These dynamic pieces show black faces as the embodiment of saints, singing, mourning, and praising. ​

Music and Saints, Jerome Wright is free with museum admission.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NY Phil Principal Clarinet Makes Guest Debut with LA Chamber Orchestra

Clarinetist Anthony McGill
(Photo Credit: David Finlayson)


Program Also Features Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3
and Works by Grieg and Arvo Pärt

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8 pm, Glendale’s Alex Theatre

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents celebrated clarinetist Anthony McGill, making his LACO debut, in a Baltic-influenced program led by guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Music Director Designate of the Seattle Symphony, on Saturday, October 27, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7 pm, at Royce Hall. McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, performs Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, and the concerts also feature Sibelius' Symphony No. 3, Pärt's Silouan’s Song and Grieg’s Two Norwegian Airs. LACO’s vibrant and engaging Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble's remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists.
McGill, who is LACO's 2018-19 Shaheen and Anil Nanji Guest Artist-in-Residence, has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He recorded Nielsen’s work with the New York Philharmonic, with whom he is in his second season as Principal Clarinet. His LACO residency includes master classes, community engagement opportunities and free public performances, along with concert appearances, providing more accessible musical opportunities to the broader Los Angeles community. Noted for his “almost ludicrously fluid command from the depths of his (instrument), up through the clarion register, and all the way to the altissimo” (Philadelphia Inquirer), McGill previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing around the globe, McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has also appeared on Performance Today, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show and on MSNBC, among other media outlets.
The “charismatic” (New York Times) Dausgaard, hailed for his “impassioned…mastery” (Bachtrack), makes his third appearance with LACO. In addition to his role with the Seattle Symphony, he serves as Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of both the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Renowned for his innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, Dausgaard was awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) ranks among the world’s top musical ensembles. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a champion of contemporary composers, with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, as well as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks. Headquartered in the heart of the country's cultural capital, LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the world's great chamber orchestras"(KUSC Classical FM). Performing throughout greater Los Angeles, the Orchestra presents orchestral, Baroque and chamber concerts, as well as salon evenings in private spaces and unique experiences that explore classical music's cutting-edge sounds. LACO's long history of educational outreach encompasses programs integral to its mission of nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music. Jaime Martín, praised as "a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous" (Platea Magazine), is LACO’s Music Director Designate and takes the podium as Music Director in the 2019-20 season.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program's music and artists. 

Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x1. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. Sstudents with valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets ($8), based on availability.
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Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.