Friday, October 19, 2018

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

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