Friday, February 21, 2020

John Malveaux: Feb. 9, 2020, attended "Will the Circle Be Unbroken - The Sacred Music of the African Diaspora" California State University Dominguez Hills

Albert Mc Neil cake

Albert Mc Neil Uniforms

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD writes:

Feb 9, 2020  attended exhibit, celebrations, and performances at the CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections and the Georgia and Nolan Payton Sacred Music Archive titled Will the Circle Be Unbroken -The Sacred Music of the African Diaspora-curated by Beth McDonald and Greg Williams at CSUDH Library Cultural Arts Center. The gospel music exhibit and archive is an invaluable resource. The program celebrated Sallyanne Payton founding sponsor of the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians program and the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music), Dr. Hansonia Caldwell (professor emeritus of music at CSUDH, pianist, choral director, author) and100th birthday of Albert McNeil (choral conductor, ethnomusicologist, author, professor emeritus of Music at University of California, Davis, founder of Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. 

Soprano Marlaina Owens opened the program with two songs and The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers shared a mini concert. The exhibit will be open at least until August 2020 at California State University Dominguez Hills Library-Cultural Arts Center (CSUDH LIB). See pic 1 Dr. Albert McNeil and 100th birthday cake. pic 2 robe worn by Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers during 1970 International tour that included performance at Church of All Nations in Jerusalem, Israel.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tom Quick: Black History Month Extended Broadcast and Streaming No. 378 for thegrand@101 at 10:00 PM on March 1/2020

Broadcast No. 378 for thegrand@101 on March 1/2020

Chineke! Orchestra:                    Finlandia.       Sibelius.    7.50
Conductor.  Kevin John Edusei.

Chineke!  Orchestra:               The Green Fuse.     James Wilson.   11.05
Conductor Wayne Marshall

Stewart Goodyear:                       Rhapsody in Blue.   Gershwin.  16.15
Chineke!  Orchestra:
Conductor. Wayne Marshall.

Chineke! Orchestra:                       Symphony No. 9 in E minor. Op. 95.   Dvorak  41.05
Conductor.  Kevin John Edusei.

Chineke! Orchestra:                      The Spark Catchers.     Hannah Kendall     9.40
Conductor. Kevin John Edusei.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra:     “Capriol Suite”.      Peter Warlock    Can/Con.
Conductor. Uri Meyer.                          Danse.                     2.05
                                                                   Pavane.                  1.35
                                                                   Tordion.                 1.10
                                                                   Bransles.                2.00
                                                                   Pieds-en-l’air.        1.55
                                                                   Mattachins.           1.00
Chineke Orchestra:                             Elegy-In Memoriam.      Philip Herbert.    7.00
Conductor.  Kevin John Edusei   

The New London Orchestra:            Dusk.                             Armstrong Gibbs.   6.10
Conductor. Ronald Corp.          

John Malveaux: Visit Explore Classical Music and click on Langston Hughes for information article

Langston Hughes, photograph by Jack Delano, 1942. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

John Malveaux of writes: 

Visit Explore Classical Music and click on Langston Hughes for information article

Langston Hughes

by Terrance McKnight

As a poet, Langston Hughes wrote about people and situations that were familiar to him. The characters in his poems and short stories were the people from his neighborhood and in his family. In my own family, my sisters would often recite his poems as if they were their own. From his gospelized plays, blues poems, and advocacy for African American art forms, Langston Hughes has always been a part of my life.  

Monday, February 17, 2020

Tom Quick: Black History Month Broadcast and Streaming No. 377 for thegrand@101 at 10:00 PM on February 23/2020

Tom Quick is again broadcasting and streaming Black History Month programs of classical music from Wellington, Ontario, Canada aired on www.thegrand.com101 at 10:00 PM for two hours:

Broadcast No. 377 for thegrand@101 on February 23/2020

Black History Month.

Gary Hammond:  Piano.       Yamekraw, A Negro Rhapsody.   James Price Johnson.   15.35
Hot Springs Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor.  Richard Rosenburg.

Michael Adcock:  Piano         Bethena  (A Concert Waltz)     Scott Joplin.      5.45
Michael Adcock  Piano.         The Easy Winners.                      Scott Joplin.      4.10
Michael Adcock: Piano.         Palm Leaf Rag.                            Scott Joplin.      3.30

Virginia Symphony Orchestra:    Three Spirituals.                Hailstork.       8.20
Conductor.  JoAnn Falletta.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra;    Negro Folk Symphony.  William L. Dawson.  28.30
Conductor. Neeme Jarvi.

Cameo  Humes: Baritone.      Scene 1 from “The Mask in the Mirror”  Richard Thompson  10.20
Angela L. Owens. M/sop:   
The Sanna Opera Project.
Conductor. Stephen Tucker.

Malcolm J. Merriweather. Baritone.   Finale  “Sanctuary Road”     Paul Moravec.   9.25
Liquita Mitchell:  Soprano.
Raenhann Bryce-Davis: M/Soprano
Oratorio Society of New York
Conductor. Kent Tritle.

Alan Hobbins:  Piano.               Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2         Rachmaninov.  4.11  Can/Con
Alan Hobbins:  Piano.               Prelude in G-sharp Minor Op. 32 No. 12                   “            3.00   Can/Con
Alan Hobbins:  Piano.               Prelude in B-flat major. Op. 23 No.2                          “            3.40   Can/Con
Alan Hobbins:  Piano.               Prelude in D major.  Op. 23 No. 4.                              “            4.35    Can/Con
Alan Hobbins:   Piano.              Prelude in G Minor.   Op.23 No.  5                               “           4.10.   Can/Con.             

Sunday, February 16, 2020

John Malveaux: Georgia Laster Association of Musicians & Knox Presbyterian Church A BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM-AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGACIES

Darryl Sims

John Malveaux of writes:

2-15-2020 attended Georgia Laster Association of Musicians in collaboration with Knox Presbyterian Church presents A BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM-AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGACIES-Outstanding Moments in our History. The program included live performances and video clips with introduction by musicologist Dr. Hansonia Caldwell-Harriford. Legacy-1-Jimi Hendrix, Rock Guitarist (1942-1970); Legacy-2-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist (1929-1969); Legacy-3-Hall Johnson, Composer/Arranger (1888-19770); Legacy-4-Jessye Norman, Soprano (1945-2019); Legacy-5-William Warfield, Baritone (1920-2002); Legacy-6-Maya Angelou, Poet (1928-2014); Legacy-7-Kirk Franklin, Gospel Artist (born January 26, 1970). Darrel Sims was outstanding as a vocalist and violist. Darrell is an original member (violist) of MusicUNTOLD Orchestra and MusicUNTOLD String Quartet.  See pic of Darrell Sims

Dr. Brian Williams is world-class trauma surgeon who campaigns on resilience, gun violence and racial justice

Dr. Brian Wilson

Matthew Ruffner, Senior Minister at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, writes in this excerpt from the weekly eBulletin of the church:

Dr. Brian Williams is not only a world-class trauma surgeon; he is a world-class leader. If I had to guess, my first introduction to Brian was like yours, through the television screen, as he took his place at the podium at Parkland Hospital for the press conference following the police shooting on the night of July 7, 2016. 
As Dr. Williams spoke, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that he was the surgeon on call that evening at Parkland. I was grateful that we have access to world-class surgeons of Brian’s caliber in Dallas. But, then, as he spoke, his remarks shifted from medicine to his experiences of that evening’s gun violence and then to race in America. I was deeply moved by his thoughtful, emotional, and honest reflections.  
Dr. Williams now serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. In addition to his work as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Williams travels the country as a thought-provoking speaker sharing his unique insight on resilience, gun violence, and racial justice. He is also an opinion writer featured in the Dallas Morning News and hosts the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine
Several months ago, Brian invited me to be on his podcast. I was honored by his invitation, and our calendars finally aligned this past week. We were able to spend a bit of time talking about leadership and purpose. You can listen to our conversation by clicking the link below.
This will not be the last time you hear of Brian, as we are working to bring him to PHPC in some capacity in the future!

You can find more information and other episodes of his podcast at his website,
With hope,

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Broadway World UK on Stanford Live premiering Scott Joplin's "Treemonisha" :

Broadway World
UK Regional
Feb. 13, 2020

This spring, Stanford Live presents the world premiere of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, a 21st-century reimagining of the sole surviving opera by the "King of Ragtime" (April 23-26). Produced by Canada's Volcano Theatre, in association with Moveable Beast, and led by a predominantly Black, female creative team, the new work combines original source material from Treemonisha (c. 1911), Joplin's visionary tale of community and female leadership, with a new story and libretto by playwright and broadcaster Leah-Simone Bowen, working with co-librettist Cheryl L. Davis, and expanded musical arrangements and new orchestrations by composers Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth. In the title role, soprano Neema Bickersteth - "an incredible performer" (The Guardian) whose "galvanic voice outshines anything else onstage" (Vancouver Observer) - heads an all-Black cast, with an all-Black majority-female, nine-piece orchestra performing on Western and African instruments, under the award-winning stage direction of Weyni Mengesha, and conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson.

The genius of Joplin's score lies in the fusion of his famed ragtime syncopations with classical, folk and gospel sounds. While retaining much of this original source material, the new arrangements also draw on some of the genres his work would later inspire, such as jazz, R&B and American song. 

Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Stanford Live, says: "We're thrilled to have this work as the centerpiece of our 2019-20 season. As the world changes around us, it is critically important to hear stories about women - and in particular women of color - who bring communities together and take the culture forward."

Joplin was posthumously awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Treemonisha, one of the few surviving performance pieces about post-slavery life by a Black artist from that era. Set in the 1880s, shortly after Reconstruction was abandoned by the U.S. government, it is the story of a young woman chosen by a Black community to be its leader. Written before women were granted the right to vote, the opera was feminist and progressive, introducing conversations about Black identity that were far ahead of its time. This proved too thematically subversive for the early-1900s New York opera scene, which was, in any case, unready to embrace a work written by a Black composer for an all-Black cast. As a result, Treemonisha remained largely unknown until its first complete performance in 1972. By this time only the piano and vocal score survived, the orchestral parts having been thrown out after Joplin's death in 1917. His forward-looking, prize-winning opera only narrowly escaped being lost altogether.

Friday, February 14, 2020

John Malveaux: The Black Swan Theatre & Opera Company presents TROUBLED ISLAND at UCL in London Sep. 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

John Malveaux of writes:

The Black Swan Theatre & Opera Company presents TROUBLED ISLAND at UCL in London Sep. 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. TROUBLED ISLAND composed by William Grant Still with libretto by Langston Hughes.

John Malveaux: Gaspar Yanga - African American Heritage Month presentation at Long Beach City Council

City of Long Beach 4 February 2020

During the speaker portion of February 4, 2020 Long Beach City Council meeting, i briefly shared some African American history that occurred in Mexico. See

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning deadline – April 3, 2020

Classical Commissioning Program
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals provides grants through the Classical Commissioning Program to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. 
Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers.
The program supports works scored for 2–10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.
Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.  The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.
Composers Equity Project
Since 1983, only 80 of the 229 commissions made through CMA’s Classical Commissioning program have been composed by women or ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers.
The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. (Please read CMA’s Statement of Commitment.) CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with women and ALAANA composers. 
In the 2019 cycle, 12 of the 13 grants were made to ensembles commissioning new works from women and ALAANA composers.  See the 2019 grants press release for the awardees.  

Composers George Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey, Jessie Montgomery and Trevor Weston received commissions in 2019 grant cycle.  Other commissioned composers from recent rounds include Alvin Singleton, Billy Childs, David Sanford, Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott.
CMA has created the Composers Equity Project, a database of ALAANA, women and gender non-conforming composers that is accessible on CMA’s website.  Applicants are encouraged to use this resource and become familiar with potential composers for a commission. 
Composers will continue to be added to this list regularly. ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers who wish to be included in future versions of this list may submit their information to CMA.
Classical Commissioning Deadline
The Classical Commissioning deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Eastern).  Applications must be submitted online.
Click here for program information.
Please contact Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary for further information.
CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program grants are made possible by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

John Malveaux: Judith Anne Still: TROUBLED ISLAND opens at Bloomsbury Theatre, London, Sept. 9 to 19th; Write for tickets

William Grant Still
Troubled Island
Choirs and Orchestra of the New York City Opera
Laszlo Halasz

John Malveaux of writes:

Judith Anne Still, publisher and daughter of William Grant Still, shared the following information with


The British Arts Council has provided funding (in part) for the
second performance in 75 years of Still's TROUBLED
ISLAND, the opera that honors the slaves who triumphed in
the Haitian slave revolution.  This is an opera that is a "must-
see" for an understanding of events dealing with bigotry in
both the U.K. and the U.S. of A.
    The opera opens at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Wednesday,
    September 9 to Saturday, September 19th, 2020, 15 Gordon
    St., London WCIH-OAH, 7:30 p.m..  Write for tickets to

Talia Jackson: The Next Yara Shahidi

Talia Jackson

Move over Zendaya, Yara Shahidi and Amandla Stenberg - 18-year old actress, singer and star of Netflix's "Family Reunion" Talia Jackson is establishing her place among Gen Z Hollywood and other leading voices of her generation - plus, she has that singing edge that shoots Jackson to the cool factor. 
Talia stars alongside Loretta Devine as Tia Mowry-Hardict's character's oldest daughter, 'Jade McKellan,' in Netflix's NAACP nominated multi-generational live-action comedy "Family Reunion" (season 1B premieres on Monday, January 20th), penned entirely by black writers, and draws from the personal stories of its writers, including creator and veteran executive producer Meg DeLoatch ("Family Matters"), who got the idea when she went to a family reunion in Georgia three years ago. Season 1B of "Family Reunion" follows the McKellans as they stick it out in small-town Georgia with even more antics under M'Dear's roof. From a wedding and boyfriend drama to a step showdown and sibling squabbles, the party's just getting started. This season, Talia's character will tackle social norms and showcase her vocal prowess with the debut of Jade's new single "This is Me, No Apologies."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sphinx Organization: Congratulations to the Laureates of the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition!

Congratulations to the Laureates of the 23rd Annual Sphinx 
Presented by 

with additional support provided by 
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Robert F. Smith, 
Detroit Pistons, Knight Foundation, and PNC Bank
Over the weekend, Sphinx awarded more than 
$100,000 in prizes to the nation's top young 
musicians at the 23rd annual Sphinx 
Competition for young Black and Latinx 
string players. 

Senior Division 1st Place $50,000 Robert 
Frederick Smith prize
Winner: Gabriel Martins, cello

Junior Division 1st Place $10,000 prize
Winner: Esme Arias-Kim, violin

Gabriel Martins, cello
Senior Division Winner
Photo by Craig Gorkiewicz

21-year-old Gabriel Martins, a student at New 
England Conservatory of Music, was 
awarded 1st place in the Senior Division on 
Saturday, February 8.  
He receives $50,000, performance 
opportunities with Sphinx Soloist 
Program Partners and instrument 
support from SHAR Music.

Jordan Bak, Gabriel Martins, 
Aaron Olguin
Photo by Craig Gorkiewicz

Bassist Aaron Olguin placed 2nd and 
receives $20,000. 
Aaron was also the recipient of the 
$5,000 Audience Choice Award, 
sponsored by Mercedes-Benz 
Financial Services.

Violist Jordan Bak, a student 
at the Juilliard School, placed 
3rd and receives $10,000.

Esme Arias-Kim 
Photo by Craig Gorkiewicz

14-year-old violinist 
Esme Arias-Kim, from Hoffman Estates, 
IL, won 1st place in the Junior 
Division of the Sphinx Competition on 
Friday, February 7. 

Esme Arias-Kim, Brandon Leonard, Sophia Ayer
Photo by Craig Gorkiewicz

Esme receives $10,000, performance 
opportunities with Sphinx Soloist Program 
Partners and instrument support from 
SHAR Music.

Cellist Brandon Leonard placed 2nd and 
receives $5,000.

Violinist Sophia Ayer  placed 3rd and 
receives $3,000.

Monday, February 10, 2020

SERGIO MIMS: The New York Times: A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels

TANIA LEON Credit...Caroline Tompkins for The New York Times.


The Sunday New York Times this weekend has a profile on composer/conductor Tania Leon, her life, career and work.

A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels


She was supposed to end up in Paris. When the composer Tania León was 9, her piano teacher, traveling in France, sent a postcard back to Cuba with a picture of the Eiffel Tower. “I don’t know what happened to me when I saw the card,” Ms. León, now 76, said recently. “I went to my family, and I said, ‘This is where I’m going to live.’ And I became obsessed.
  • few years earlier, her intrepid grandmother had marched her to the
    local music conservatory in Havana and demanded that she be enrolled.
    They didn’t usually take students so young, but Ms. León already showed
    promise: Even at 4, she would press against the radio at home, dancing
    to salsa and singing along, with perfect pitch, to the classical salsa station

    Following rigorous, European-style conservatory training, and inspired by her teacher’s postcard, the young pianist set her sights on France, intent on becoming a touring virtuoso and helping lift her family out of poverty. After
    years of waiting, she landed a free flight to the United States through a
    resettlement program. In 1967, at 24, Ms. León left for Miami, intending to travel on to Europe.

    But right before boarding the plane she learned that she would not be
    permitted to return to Cuba, and upon entering the United States, she
    discovered that she would have to stay at least five years before she
    could apply for citizenship. She was trapped, a citizen of nowhere.
    “That’s how I arrived: already traumatized,” Ms. León recalled.

    But she soon reached New York, where she began carving out an unusually varied artistic path and resisting, even at a time of increasing focus on
    multiculturalism, the identity-based labels — “black composer,” “female
    conductor” — that others sought to attach to her.

    She eventually served as the New York Philharmonic’s new-music adviser in the mid-1990s. Although she curated the Philharmonic’s American Eccentrics series and conducted educational concerts, the orchestra, which had a weak record with composers of color at that time, stymied some of her projects and never actually played her music.
    But this week she finally arrives at the Philharmonic, with the premiere of her work “Stride,” to be performed on Feb. 13, 15 and 18, under Jaap van Zweden. The premiere is part of Project 19, a multiseason initiative in honor of the centenary of the 19th Amendment, that has commissioned works by 19 female composers. Deborah Borda, the Philharmonic’s executive director in the ’90s, returned as president and chief executive in 2017, and was eager to finally program Ms. León’s music.
    “Here we are,” Ms. Borda said in an interview, “coming back to an important artist and enfranchising her, over 20 years later.”

    Friday, February 7, 2020

    John Malveaux: DUO DOLCE Release "SUMMERLAND" by Composers of African Descent on MSR Classics

    SUMMERLAND: Music for Cello and Piano by Composers of African Descent
    DUO DOLCE: Kristen Ji-Yun, cello and Phoenix Park Kim, piano

    John Malveaux of writes:

    After months of researching, practicing, rehearsing, and recording, Phoenix Park Kim (piano) and Kristen Ji-Yun (cello) new CD “Summerland” has finally hit the market. This CD features cello and piano music by composers you might not yet know… but you absolutely should. African-American composers like: William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, Richard Thompson, John Wineglass, Moses Hogan, Howard Swanson, and Michael Abels. The CD is currently available at Streaming and digital downloads on all your favorite platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube will be coming soon. Check out the sample track in the link above. Streaming and digital downloads on all your favorite platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube will be coming soon. Check out the sample track in the link above.  

    Baritone Will Liverman's Whither Must I Wander on Odradek Records

    Will Liverman, baritone
    Jonathan King, piano
    Odradek Records

    Whither Must I Wander is an exquisite recital of songs on the theme of travel by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, J. Frederick Keel, Herbert Howells, Aaron Copland, Steven Mark Kohn, Nikolai Medtner, and Robert Schumann.
    The artists explain, “Whither Must I Wander is born out of our own adventures, each song curated to tell a story inspired by our experiences. As lifelong friends and musical colleagues, we hope always to wander; towards new destinations, new discoveries, new relationships, and always home to share our story. The CD takes its name from one of the Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a song cycle that is at the heart of this release. From the trudging ‘Vagabond’ to the more playful ‘Roadside Fire’ and the radiance of ‘Youth and Love,’ Vaughan Williams explores every bittersweet nuance of journeying.”
    The album also features Frederick Keel’s exhilarating Three Salt-Water Ballads and Herbert Howells’ magnificent King David. The program then crosses the Atlantic to America for Aaron Copland’s serene At the River and contemporary composer Steve Mark Kohn’s Ten Thousand Miles Away, which uses traditional folk song to navigate the emotional strains of missing a loved-one far away. Liverman and King end the recital disc with the Goethe-inspired Night Song of the Wanderer by Russian composer Nikolai Medtner and the beautiful Mondnacht by Robert Schumann.

    Liverman, an ambassador for diversity in the arts, grew up surrounded by gospel music in the Pentecostal Churches of Norfolk, Virginia. His musical education in piano and vocal studies enabled him to visit the Metropolitan Opera at age 15, a transformative moment that inspired Liverman to pursue singing as a career, with such success that he made his own Metropolitan Opera debut in recent years. 

    Two programs are being sponsored by Houston Ebony Opera Guild in February

    Houston Ebony Opera Guild
    FEBRUARY 2020

    February 15, 2020
    Contributions of African American Women to Classical Music

    Rosalyn Story
    Music Journalist, Author and Violinist

    3 pm, Saturday, February 15. 2020
    Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ
    3115 Blodgett St., Houston, Texas 77004

    FREE admission!


    February 23, 2020
    A Concert Celebrating African American Women in Music:

    Solo, piano, and choral works by Black women composers

    Arias made famous by Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price,
    Jessye Norman, and Kathleen Battle
    A. Jan Taylor, guest conductor
    Vicki A. Seldon, piano
    4 pm, Sunday, February 23, 2020
    Westbury United Methodist Church
    5200 Willowbend Boulevard
    Houston, Texas 77096

    Group and Individual Ticket Rates Now Available!

    Concert Tickets and Additional Information:

    Contact Friends of HEOG at or 713-335-3800.