Sunday, October 21, 2018

CAAPA: Opera Composers' Showcase, Prince Georges County, MD Oct. 28 4 PM

Opera Composer's Showcase
Opera showcase gears up to present three Black composers debuting new works.
(PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD; Sunday, October 28, 2018)  The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), with program partner Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC), presents the Opera Composer’s Showcase featuring excerpts by composers Scott Patterson, Steven M. Allen, and duo Jasmine Barnes and librettist Joshua Banbury.  The project, a two-year endeavor to help promote and showcase classical composers of color in and around the Prince George’s County region, is designed to help “Bring Color to the Classics” which is one of CAAPA’s main goals.  This event happens Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm in The Clarice Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Parking is available for purchase in the adjacent parking garage and behind the center in the parking lot. 

Three / 20-minute segments of original operas are presented then followed by an on-stage interview by arts journalist Patrick D. McCoy, with composers sharing a brief overview and synopsis of their opera, description of characters, plot, and theme, as well as their inspiration. Upon completion of the vignettes and interviews, three professional classical musicians (composer, conductor, and vocalist) adjudicate to determine which composer will present their fully staged opera during CAAPA’s 2019-2020 season with funding, in the amount of $20,000.00, from program partner PGAHC.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is Honorary Doctor of Music, University of Chichester

Oct 18

Been made Honorary Doctor of Music University Chichester! 

Chicago Sinfonietta: Save 15% with a customizable 3-pack of concert tickets

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Baltimore filmmakers crowdfund to complete doc about Dr. Richard White

Dr. Richard Antoine White

BALTIMORE - The award-winning Baltimore filmmakers of Early Light Media announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to support the completion of their latest Invisible Thread passion project series, R.A.W. - >From Destitute to Doctorate. The film is a powerful short documentary, chronicling the story of Dr. Richard White, and his remarkable journey from being a homeless child in Baltimore to making history as the first African American to receive a Doctorate in Music of Tuba Performance.

Growing up in the neighborhood of Sandtown, West Baltimore, Dr. Richard Antoine White (R.A.W.) was known as the “shoe-less, snot-nosed kid.” He slept on the sidewalk and ate from trash cans. After he was found sleeping alone in a building, he was legally adopted by his grandparents. He discovered a love for music in the eighth grade and decided to audition for the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), with nothing but an old sousaphone as his instrument. BSA Director Dr. Chris Ford saw something in White and he was given a spot. He was mentored by supportive teachers at both Baltimore School for the Arts and then the prestigious Peabody Institute, where he studied under long-time Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Tubist, David Fedderly. On the advice of Fedderly, White traveled was accepted to Indiana University one of the most challenging music programs in the country to continue his studies, where he received both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Tuba. He currently holds the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and is a professor at the University of New Mexico.

Darren Durlach and David Larson, the co-founders of Early Light Media and directors of R.A.W., are passionate about making films about inspirational figures through their Invisible Thread series of short documentaries. Early Light Media’s first Invisible Thread film, Throw, was the recipient of multiple awards, including a Capitol NATAS Emmy Award (2017), Webby Award (2017), Mountainfilm Director’s Choice Award (2016), Vimeo staff pick (2016), and multiple film festival selections across the country. It has been viewed millions of times across television, Internet and live screenings.

“After just a few minutes speaking with Richard about his story, we knew we had to make a film,” said Larson. “Dr. White has a rare talent, but he was also fortunate to be mentored by the educators at Baltimore School for the Arts, who were passionate about seeing him succeed.”

“It’s a message we really hope that Baltimore youth, and young people everywhere, have a chance to hear,” added Durlach. “We want this film to be seen by as many people as possible, but it takes some investment.”

The targeted limited release date of R.A.W. for film festivals and private screenings is January 2019 with a wider distribution later in the year. If they can achieve their goal, the funds raised from the crowdfunding campaign will cover the cost of production, equipment, travel, crew, permitting, talent fees (young Richard), editing, color grading, sound design, mastering, and marketing and distribution efforts. To view the “unofficial trailer” for R.A.W. and support the crowdfunding campaign, visit the Indigogo R.A.W. Film page. Corporate film sponsorship packages are also available, for more information email

Sergio Mims: Joseph Young conducts Charlotte Symphony in February 2019

Joseph Young

Sergio A. Mims writes:

NextGen conductor Joseph Young leads a captivating program featuring a diverse cast of characters. Tchaikovsky at his best, Sleeping Beauty brings fairytale colors while Copland depicts a classic American scene. Michael Daugherty's poignant Native American musical journey spotlights principal flutist Victor Wang.

The concerts will take place Feb 22 and 23 2019 at 7:30PM

Joseph Young, conductor
Victor Wang, flute

COPLAND Billy the Kid Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty Suite

Sergio Mims:The Seattle Times profile of Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
(Lars Borges)

Sergio A. Mims writes:

The Seattle Times has just published a profile and interview with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He will be performing with the Seattle Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme in a series of concerts. 

Remember cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason from the royal wedding? He’s playing with Seattle Symphony this week

October 17, 2018

Special to The Seattle Times

As royal weddings go, the one that brought together Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle in holy matrimony last May was a corker.

While there was no shortage of the expected pomp, there was also the stunning address by a Chicago-based Episcopal bishop, Michael Curry, who spoke passionately about the redemptive power of love. There was U.K. gospel ensemble The Kingdom Choir, which performed Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me.” And there was 19-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who, in 2016, was the first black instrumentalist to win the BBC’s esteemed Young Musician of the Year Award.

Sitting with focused serenity beneath a flower-adorned entry to the Quire of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Kanneh-Mason played three short pieces, while the prince and newly minted Duchess of Sussex signed the registry, away from cameras. No doubt a trending subject on search engines later on was: Who was that kid with the cello, and what was he playing so beautifully?

The answer to the latter is that Kanneh-Mason performed Maria Theresia von Paradis’ “Sicillienne,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” and Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” As for who he is, the young native of Nottingham, England, is the third of seven musical children born to Stuart Mason, who works for a luxury hotel chain, and Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh, who used to lecture on literature at the University of Birmingham.

Neither parent plays an instrument.

“All seven of [the kids] are classical musicians and we all perform regularly,” says Sheku Kanneh-Mason via email from London. “Four of us are full-time scholarship students at the Royal Academy of Music, and two of my younger sisters travel there every Saturday to study at the Junior Royal Academy. Even my youngest sister, who is 9, is becoming brilliant at the cello. Our parents are very supportive, and they are an inspiration to me.”

Kanneh-Mason began playing cello at age 6. Three years later, he was winning competitions and receiving his own Junior Royal Academy scholarship. After claiming the BBC honor, he was in demand, performing at the 2017 and 2018 British Academy Film Awards; as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra during London’s BBC Proms summer festival; and signing a recording contract with the Decca label. His debut album, “Inspiration,” hit No. 1 on classical charts.

Then came the call.

“I was contacted by phone from Kensington Palace. They told me someone wanted to speak to me, and Meghan Markle came on the line and asked if I would like to play at her wedding. I was thrilled and, of course, immediately said yes. I met the Queen a couple of months before the wedding, where I was presented to her at Buckingham Palace. I also played to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and wife Catherine) at Kensington Palace, and I played a private solo recital to Prince Harry the summer before. The wedding was a beautiful ceremony and I felt completely inspired and happy.”  

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

Comment by Email:
Note- there was a change to the program (as in my introductory paragraph) after I sent the post. The song suite by Florence Price will not be performed in this very full program.
Gary [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
LudwigMasters is a family owned and operated music-publishing business providing the finest selection of music for band, string orchestra, full orchestra and instrumental music. Call, email or fax orders in: 561-241-6169, Fax 561-241-6347,

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