Thursday, October 8, 2020

Rachel Barton Pine Foundation: 10/12: 92nd Street Y Presents Free Music by Black Composers Event with Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Equity and Diversity in Classical Music Start with the Music on the Stand

Behind the Scenes of Music by Black Composers,
A Guided Tour with Rachel Barton Pine
Presented by the 92nd Street Y

Monday, October 12

Watch violinists Adé Williams and Clayton Penrose-Whitmore perform "Les Contes Des Fées" by Ignatius Sancho, 1729–1780, Guinea/New Granada/England, Piece No. 2 from Music by Black Composers, Violin Volume 1. 

Join internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine in a celebration of Black classical composers who have created masterful music for centuries, yet are underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education. The free online event takes place on Monday, October 12, from 1:30pm - 2:45pm ET. To register, please visit:

Pine will perform selections by Black classical composers and will discuss how her Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project is working to rectify historic and ongoing racial injustices in the classical music sphere.

Over the last 20 years, Pine and MBC have collected more than 900 works by 450+ Black composers from the 18th to the 21st centuries, representing Africa, North and South America, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Oceania.

Pine will share the free resources that the RBP Foundation has set up to encourage awareness of, access to, and the programming and performance of the music of Black classical composers. She’ll also highlight two MBC publications dedicated to helping change the face of classical music and its canon: MBC Violin Volume I, the first pedagogical book of classical works by Black composers for students, and The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions live over chat at the conclusion of the program.

Share print-at-home coloring pages of composers 
Chiquinha Gonzaga and Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges

About Rachel Barton Pine
Classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg. She has recorded 39 acclaimed albums, and her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe. She has appeared on The Today ShowCBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, and PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Her RBP Foundation assists young artists, and, for over 15 years, its Music by Black Composers program places Black composers’ music that has been unjustifiably neglected into today’s cultural consciousness.


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