Friday, April 30, 2021

Bill Doggett: Dr. Adolphus Hailstork 80th Birthday Film Highlights Reel

Bill Doggett writes:

This is the film Producer's Highlights Reel of the Virtual 80th Birthday Celebration Film created by Bill Doggett Productions to celebrate and honor the legacy of one of America's foremost composers, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork. Premiered on his birthday, April 17th 2021, this Producer's Highlights Reel was issued on April 30th, 2021 To learn more about Dr. Hailstork visit Mondays, May 3-31 at 7pm ET on 90.5 FM & Streaming: Garrett McQueen on contributions of Afro-Americans to classical music

Courtesy of Garrett McQueen

East Lansing, Michigan

By WKAR Staff

April 29, 2021

Hosted by Garrett McQueen, The Sound of 13 is a 13-week series of programs recognizing the significant influence and contributions of Afro-Americans to classical music through the lens of the 13th Amendment. 

The 2020 killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other Black citizens led many in America to reckon anew with race… including classical music institutions and their patrons. Radio and podcast host Garrett McQueen opens a historical and contemporary conversation of race and classical music with the 13th amendment as the guide in a new series that will be heard on WKAR, called The Sound of 13. The 13-episode program will air Mondays at 7pm, having started March 22, and end June 14, just before the Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19.

Garrett McQueen is a professional bassoonist who has performed with symphonies and in venues across the country. He is also an accomplished instructor and has performed in multiple Broadway musicals and television series. Garrett is a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of Black musicians in the field. He is the creator of and co-host of Trilloquy, a weekly podcast and arts initiative that affirms the "classic" aspects of compositions from all cultures in an effort to decolonize so-called "classical music."

May 3
As with many of his spiritual settings, the work Southland Sketches by Henry Thacker Burleigh gives us a glimpse into America’s Reconstruction Era through violin and piano melodies while William L. Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony traces his ancestors’ abduction from Africa to the search for hope and equality when he wrote it in 1934.

May 10
Mighty River, by the Belize-born British composer Errolyn Wallen, CBE, starts things off this week. Plus, we play the ballet Sahdji, by William Grant Still, set during a hunting festival of the Azande tribe in central Africa.

May 17
Using Haydn’s Seven Last Words of the Cross as a template, Joel Thompson wrote his powerful Seven Last Words of the Unarmed using final words of, as Thompson put it, “African- American men: each killed by police or by authority figures,” a haunting work that will be sung by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.

May 24
We have a focus on performers this week as pianist/composer Stewart Goodyear records all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, we learn more about the Detroit based Sphinx Organization and its efforts to bolster inclusivity in classical music and we listen to conductor Paul Freeman’s 9-album survey of Black symphonic composers.

May 31
A string quartet revisits the reimagined version of Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good, plus Joseph Schwantner uses speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate the civil rights icon in New Morning for the World (“Daybreak of Freedom”).

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Amsterdam News: "'Sounds and Stories’ from Pulitzer winner, poet laureate Rita Dove, Pt 2"; OSL to do "biographical concert for George Bridgetower" May 5

Rita Dove

George Bridgetower

Jordannah Elizabeth

April 29, 2021

The first Black woman poet laureate and Pulitzer prize-winning poet and author, Rita Dove will be reading passages from her book, “Sonata Mulattica” in collaboration with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s to celebrate the life of the 19th-century Black violinist George Bridgetower, who performed with Beethoven before becoming completely erased from history after the two had an unfortunate falling out.

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s will perform classical pieces from Bridgetower’s era while Dove, whose book is a fictional biography of the Black musician and historical figure, will meld her passion for Bridgetower’s story with film and music as a part of a concert series entitled OSLive Wednesday Night Series ‘Sights and Sounds’ which will take place virtually on May 5.

Dove took time out of her busy schedule to speak to the Amsterdam News about this intriguing and unique collaboration. This is part 2 of her conversation about her work and interest in the life of George Bridgetower.

AmNews: How did your collaboration with the St. Luke’s Orchestra and the ‘Sights and Sounds’ series become a reality?

Rita Dove: Last fall, I got an email from the artistic director explaining what they had been doing during the pandemic. They had been planning a few concerts that were wedded to spoken word, something a little different. As a former musician, I was sympathetic to the plight of musicians [during the pandemic], and how to make the experience of a concert feel immediate while over the internet.

I liked their idea of doing a biographical concert for George Bridgetower in relation to Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata” and dispersing the poems with other music of that era.


For more information about this upcoming concert visit:

Thursday, April 29, 2021 "A review of ‘Journeys to Justice’" includes "the final song of Adolphus Hailstork’s 1992 Songs of Love and Justice"

Adolphus Hailstork

Angela Allen

April 27, 2021

Good men must plan: A review of ‘Journeys to Justice’

Portland Opera does ‘Justice’ justice

In the 30 years I’ve covered Portland Opera—through many changes in administration, artistic direction and philosophy—I’ve never seen such a compelling program as this month’s Journeys to Justice. It began streaming April 16 and will continue through May 31. You can purchase a digital pass through Portland Opera, at a $50 suggested price, though there’s a “Pay What You will Option” for as little as $5.

The creative and accomplished quality of singing, staging, lighting, costumes, hair design! –the twinning of operatic and theatrical values came together as these six art songs and chamber operas based on Black experience (and written in the last 30 years) unfolded across 75 minutes with no intermission. Cutting-edge and contemporary in style, and convincingly done on camera, Journeys reached into the deep folds of pain and occasional jubilance that define Black American culture in a historically white supremacist landscape.


Most of the works are ones with which many—I would guess most—opera-goers are unfamiliar. That’s a reasonable assumption; several have been composed in the past three years and have been staged only once before.

More familiar are “Your Daddy’s Child” from Broadway’s late-‘90s Ragtime and the final song of Adolphus Hailstork’s 1992 Songs of Love and Justice, based on a Martin Luther King Jr. sermon (“when evil men plot, good men must plan”). Both were sung soulfully and tenderly by soprano Lynnesha Crump, a PO Resident Artist. Crump owned the stage in the final Hailstork piece, balancing with poise an elaborate headpiece that reached to the stars. Crump and her four fellow Resident Artists are not newbies to opera. All have advanced music degrees, and their performing maturity is clear. "Colburn School Awards Social Innovation Grants to Support BIPOC Community" including recording of works of Black composers

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Apr 29, 2021

The Colburn School's Center for Innovation and Community Impact has announced the recipients of the 2021 Social Innovation Grants that directly support members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Grant recipients will each be awarded up to $2,500 and will have 12 months to complete community engagement projects that benefit the BIPOC community or commission new works involving BIPOC composers or choreographers. The Social Innovation Grants are a part of Colburn School's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, which are generously funded by foundations and individuals from around the country.

Grant recipients and projects:


Max Opferkuch (Conservatory of Music, Clarinet)

Recording Album for Clarinet and Strings by Black Composers. Funding will enable Max to record an album of works by Black composers for clarinet and strings during the 2021-22 academic year, centered around Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor. Other works are in development, but possibilities include Strum or Starburst by Jessie Montgomery and Adoration by Florence Price. The ensemble will record in collaboration with Colburn School's AV team in one of the Colburn halls at a future date.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra: Gateway Chamber Orchestra Announces America's Haydn Festival, including music of William Grant Still (1895-1978)

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Virtual Festival Features Performances by St. Lawrence String Quartet, Henry Kramer, Anna Harwell Celenza and Michael Samis with Host Bill McGlaughlin

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) presents its third America's Haydn Festival, a virtual concert series celebrating the music of the "Father of the Symphony" and the "Father of the String Quartet" composer Franz Joseph Haydn, on May 13th and 16th and May 20th and 23rd. America's Haydn Festival, sponsored by Google, features concerts by GCO, recognized for nuanced performances of Haydn; GRAMMY-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet, considered North America's most expressive interpreters of Haydn; exuberant pianist Henry Kramer; celebrated children's author and musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza and emerging cellist Michael Samis. Hosted by Peabody Award-winning classical radio host, Bill McGlaughlin, the festival intends to raise the awareness and relevance of Papa Haydn's music for audiences today.

GCO Music Director and Conductor Gregory Wolynec says, "We wanted to create a series of programs based on Haydn, but not exclusively, that would also feature works by underrepresented composers and performed by distinctive artists. Haydn's music reveals something new every time, from a sense of wit and lightheartedness, to deep intensity. We want audiences to understand how exciting and invigorating Haydn's music can be as well as its relevance today."

In addition to landmark works by Haydn, the festival also features works by Osvaldo Golijov, William Grant Still, Maurice Ravel and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. America's Haydn Festival will be streamed on the GCO website. Tickets are $20 for a weekend pass or $30 for a festival pass with full access to the performances. Purchase tickets directly at

About Gateway Chamber Orchestra
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is an American ensemble that performs regularly in Middle Tennessee under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Gregory Wolynec. The GCO has been recognized for its inspired classical and contemporary musical offerings, innovative educational initiatives and numerous world-class recordings. Ensemble members include leading professionals from around the Southeast including symphony musicians, recording artists and the performance faculty at Austin Peay State University. Visit  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony: Pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major Saturday, May 15 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 16 at 3 PM

Pianist Awadagin Pratt


An evening honoring the strength, beauty, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community of Santa Barbara.

May 15, 2021

The Santa Barbara Symphony performs its season finale, "Triumph," celebrating its most innovative, inspirational and creative season ever in its six-decade history. Audiences are invited to tune in on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm, and a pre-show starting thirty minutes prior to each broadcast.

As one of the only performing arts organizations in the country to create an innovative and safe path forward without cancelling performances or music education programs, this is the Symphony's final performance of this unforgettable pandemic season.

"Without missing a beat the Santa Barbara Symphony continued to bring hope and connection to the community through symphonic music in incredible new ways we never could have imagined before," shared Symphony Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti. "This season has required so much more of everyone in our Symphony family - from our musicians, to our incredible staff, and the technical team that all have had to think outside the box to help us realize our vision. We're proud to bring our audiences a big, triumphant, finale - with both memories of what we all shared together this season virtually and excitement about coming together in person next season."

Kabaretti returns to the podium in a program that will feel familiar in its format with the full orchestra assembled together on stage at the Granada, made possible with the recent announcement of Santa Barbara County entering the orange tier, and a large stage extension to ensure social distancing. This will likely be the Symphony's last performance with no in-person audience. Joining the Symphony is critically-acclaimed guest pianist Awadagin Pratt. Pratt launched onto the global classical music stage in 1992 when he became the first African-American pianist to win the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition. Since then, Pratt has played at the White House and Carnegie Hall, on "Sesame Street" and with nearly every major orchestra in the U.S. Pratt has toured the world as a soloist and collaborated with Joshua Bell, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Terence Blanchard (among many others) on recordings and performances. Pratt will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major.

This concert also features Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, and Benjamin Britten's Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury. In addition, the Symphony is proud to welcome thirteen-year old Joseph Malvinni, one of the four winners of the expanded 2021 Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, to perform a movement of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto for Guitar in D major.


Virtual tickets for Triumph are available for both the live broadcast and on-demand viewing after the weekend premiere, purchase online here. The entire Santa Barbara Symphony 2020/21 Digital Season is still available for on-demand viewing. Click here for details about ticket packages and viewing options.

Te Deum Arts Management Solutions: Interview with John Rutter 4/30, at 11 am. EDT

John Rutter Conducting

(4/28/21) The internationally acclaimed composer and conductor John Rutter joins "Across the Arts" host Patrick D. McCoy for a live virtual conversation via Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

The music of John Rutter for decades has found a welcomed home in the repertoire of choirs across the globe. The celebrated composer will be featured as a part of THE MAESTRO SERIES on "Across the Arts" with Patrick D. McCoy on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. EDT (4:00 p.m. UK) streamed live on both Facebook and YouTube.  Whether it is his popular anthems such as "For the Beauty of the Earth," "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" or his masterworks such as the "Requiem, "Magnificat," "Gloria" or "Te Deum," Rutter's music has found an iconic place in the sacred music repertoire.  Through his Collegium record label founded 1983, his compositions have reached listeners around the world through the glorious voices of his professional chamber choir the Cambridge Singers. The ensemble has made over fifty recordings.

John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. From 1975–79 he was Director of Music at his alma mater, Clare College, and directed the college chapel choir in various recordings and broadcasts. Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. His music has featured in a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings. He edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings, and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. He holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for services to music.



Beginning in 2010 initially as a podcast hosted by Washington based arts journalist and music critic Patrick D. McCoy, "Across the Arts" has evolved to add the virtual component, much in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About TE DEUM ARTS MANAGEMENT ARTS SOLUTIONS: Te Deum Arts Management Solutions is a boutique public relations firm, specializing in providing tailored PR services to enhance the brand of performing arts organizations as well as individual projects and companies.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fort Collins Symphony: This streamed virtual concert features...the gospel/jazz/blues-inspired Church Street Serenade by composer Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork

America Awakens

April 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm May 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm MT

Please join Maestro Wes Kenney and the Fort Collins Symphony for this virtual on-demand concert of American composers and themes.

Spring is in the air, the light of awareness is dawning, change is within reach, growth is on the horizon, and pride lends a bounce to one’s step. 

This streamed virtual concert features two of Aaron Copland’s compositions–the enduring American anthem, Appalachian Spring, and a coming-of-age story, The Tender Land Suite– and the gospel/jazz/blues-inspired Church Street Serenade by composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Pre-recorded at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, this concert is available to stream at your leisure over the weekend of April 30-May 2.


Indiana University: Piano Music of the African Diaspora, An E-Concert Series: April 28 | Margaret Bonds: "Spiritual Suite," Fernando Garcia, piano 12 PM ET

Indiana Daily Student

April 26, 2021

By Saab Sahi

The Jacobs School of Music at IU offers an e-concert series focused on spotlighting music of the African diaspora in the field of classical music with different guests every Wednesday. The performances are available at the series site

This week’s guest will be Fernando Garcia on piano, and they will play African American composer Margaret Bonds’ “Spiritual Suite.” Margaret Bonds was well-known for her collaboration with the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, as well as her piece “Troubled Water” that features as the final movement of the “Spiritual Suite.”

Monday, April 26, 2021

Thursday at Noon: Episode 5 of the Harlem Walking Tour Video Series

We hope you will join us Thursday, 
April 29th at Noon EDT for the 
fifth episode of our

Harlem Walking Tour Video Series.

The Harlem Walking Tour video series highlights historic 
artistic figures who either lived in or spent time in 
Harlem and how each person contributed to the 
vibrancy and rich cultural landscape that make 
Harlem what it is today. This project was conceived 
by husband and wife team, Terrance McKnight of 
WQXR and harpist-scholar Dr. Ashley Jackson.

The fifth episode of the Harlem Walking Tour Video 
Series features the Negro String Quartet, a group that 
performed in the early 20th century, mainly in churches, 
community organizations and college venues in New York 

Members of The Harlem Chamber Players — violinists 
Ashley Horne and Claire Chan, violist Tia Allen, and 
cellist Wayne Smith — pay tribute to the Negro String 
Quartet in a performance of the slow movement from 
Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 

You can watch the premiere on our Youtube channel 
or on our Facebook page.

The Negro String Quartet: Left to right are Felix Weir (founder), Marion Cumbo, Hall Johnson, and Arthur Boyd.

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NOBLE Congratulates Major General William J. Walker as U.S. House of Representatives’ Sergeant-at-Arms

Major General William J. Walker

Alexandria, VA. – April 25, 2021 The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) congratulates Major General William J. Walker as the new Sergeant-at-Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives. General Walker’s swearing in tomorrow will mark the first time a Black person has served as the House's top law enforcement officer.
General Walker has had a stellar 39-year military career highlighted most recently as the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard. Additionally, his parallel civilian career consisted of exemplary service as a criminal investigator and member of the Senior Executive Service with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"NOBLE congratulates one of its own, life member General William J. Walker. We wish him great success and god speed in his role as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives,” stated Lynda R. Williams, President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Sunday, April 25, 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band live webcast of Music of Composers of African Descent Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 PM CT

James Reese Europe (1881-1919)

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

‘Get on Board’ with the UNL Symphonic Band

14 Apr 2021    

Please join the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music’s Symphonic Band live via webcast from Kimball Recital Hall on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 pm for their spring concert, “Get on Board”. This is in-person only, but the webcast will be available at

The performance features works by composers of African descent including Kenneth Amis, Julian Work, William Grant Still, Omar Thomas, and James Reese Europe. The Band has programmed a 30-minute set from a much larger body of repertoire prepared and studied during the semester. The students were also presented educational units and supplemental materials on several of the composers, and others who’ve made significant contributions to Music.


Overture Council: Virtual Experience With Castle of our Skins Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 PM CT

Castle of our Skins
"Secret Desire to be Black"

That's right: One month, two special Virtual Experiences! Make sure you don't miss this conversation between Overture Council president John Dunson and the artistic and executive director of Castle of our Skins Ashleigh Gordon.

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and presentAttendance is free, but registration is required.


Eric Conway: Morgan State University Virtual Spring Concert on Mother's Day - May 9, 2021 at 4PM ET

Dr. Eric Conway writes:

Hello Morgan Fine and Performing Arts Community!

If you can believe it, Spring is here! That means it is time for the Morgan State University Annual Spring Concert.

This year, the Morgan State University Choir will host our annual Spring Concert on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021, at 4PM ET. We believed that this would be a great way for our greater community to spend time with their mothers on this national day of tribute, i.e., listening to the voices of the Morgan State University Choir! Very much like our Christmas Concert, this Spring concert will be presented virtually. Simply go to and click on the LIVESTREAM link on the day of the concert to view the concert. Like our Christmas concert, this will be a free performance, only requesting donations to the choir program via our foundation gifting website: and denoting Morgan State University Choir for your tax-deductible donation, if you choose.

We are excited about sharing our music during our University Spring Concert during Mother’s Day! At least, mark your calendars to see if you are available to listen to several songs of encouragement to uplift during this pandemic season. Thank you! Eric


We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University

Saturday, April 24, 2021 Bienen School of Music hosts Black Art Songs webinar: A recording of this webinar is available online

Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery [Left] of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University recently hosted and moderated a virtual discussion on Black art songs with Drs. Louise Toppin [Center] and Willis Patterson [Right]  from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The event was presented as part of the Bienen School’s Tichio-Finnie Vocal Master Class Series.

This event is part of the Bienen School’s ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities. A forthcoming, three-part video series from the school will feature art songs and chamber music by Black composers, including Margaret Bonds (Northwestern alumna, ’33, ’34 MMus), Cecil Cohen, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Robert Lee Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, Howard Swanson, and William Grant Still. Voice students will perform the art songs and musicologists and guest presenters will provide scholarly background information on the works and composers. Additionally, Bienen School faculty have been working independently as well as collaboratively in developing DEI initiatives for their studios and classrooms. All voice students are learning two songs by Black composers. Many instrumental studios are studying repertoire by BIPOC composers and compiling databases of works by these composers. A Year In: Artina McCain, pianist: A busy schedule paused by the pandemic gave time for a long awaited album release

Heritage: An American Musical Legacy
Artina McCain, piano  
Kairoi Music

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

April 23, 2021 

Artina McCain manages a multi-fold career as a piano soloist and university educator.And she is a scholar and concert curator of music by Black and other underrepresented composers.

McCain curates Black composers concerts for multiple arts organizations, including the Austin Chamber Music Center, the 2018 iteration of which, “The Black Female Composer,” garnered McCain an Austin Critics Table Award.

As she told Sightlines writer Dana Wen in 2018, “There are so many composers of African descent all over the world, and their music isn’t programmed that often.”

“A Concert of African Diaspora Composers, from the 18th Century to contemporary Puerto Rico”

This year music publisher Hal Leonard will publish McCain’s transcriptions of African American folk sSongs, and her 2016 album “I, Too” (Naxos), is a collaboration with soprano Icy Simpson Monroe, a collection of African American spirituals and art songs.

I, too
Icy Simpson, soprano
Artina McCain, piano
Longhorn Music LHM2012001

Long active in Austin after receiving her doctorate at the University of Texas Butler School of Music, McCain is now based in Memphis where she is on the faculty at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Her husband, trombonist Martin McCain, is on the faculty of Texas State University, and the two perform as the McCain Duo.

The strange quiet of the pandemic gave Artina a chance to release her album “Heritage: An American Musial Legacy,” which has already netted a Gold Global Music Award.

And on March 17 — a year after the world went into lockdown — McCain performed live with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, playing Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement (1932-34), a virtuosic piece.

Sightlines: What were you working on and looking forward to when the lockdown began in mid-March 2020? What was the first of your work you saw cancelled?

Artina McCain: Last year when the lockdown began I had a big trip planned to go to Colombia for a guest artist residency. It would have been my first time in South America and I was thrilled to go. Also in the same week I was scheduled to perform the epic Beethoven Archduke trio in Florida. Everything happened so quickly and I went from non-stop practicing to figuring out new things to do. The Florida Orchestra to perform U.S. premiere of unique ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ composed by Eleanor Alberga

Eleanor Alberga 
String Quartets 1, 2 & 3
Ensemble Arcadiana
Navona Records

By Tampa Bay Newspapers Staff

Apr 22, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra will perform the U.S. premiere of a wickedly fun version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” with a storyline by famed author Roald Dahl, music by acclaimed composer Eleanor Alberga, and lead narration by actor Becca McCoy.

It will be performed live at TFO’s Family Concert, scheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m., at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts — Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. The performance will be presented following CDC guidelines for safety. Separately, the concert also will feature powerful images of a new work by internationally renowned installation artist Ya La’ford, set to Mozart’s iconic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

“Roald Dahl’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is not the traditional fairytale. Beloved author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda” and other children’s classics, Dahl fills his PG-rated rendition with humorous, spooky twists and a surprise ending that will captivate families. The performance is recommended for ages 8 and older. Jamaican-born composer Alberga creates an enchanting musical backdrop of wild forests and dance parties. The work premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1994.

"We're excited to be the first orchestra to bring this fresh, magical work to a live American audience. Eleanor Alberga's music vividly tells the story with beauty, humor and sometimes even a spooky edge," said Daniel Black, TFO resident conductor, who will lead 30 TFO musicians. "TFO is committed to bringing attention to a wide range of composers, and Alberga is a fascinating talent with a unique musical voice deserving of greater recognition."


Tickets are $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free. Tickets are available now online at or by phone at 727-892-3337 or 800-662-7286. The ticket center is not open for in-person transactions.

For this performance, Becca McCoy will be joined by Mark Cantrell, TFO president and chief executive, and Michelle Kim-Painter, TFO community engagement coordinator, to tell the Snow White story through narration, without a set or images.

Friday, April 23, 2021 Anthony McGill & Anna Polonsky perform music by James Lee III, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms & Jessie Montgomery streamed April 24-30

Jessie Montgomery

James Lee, III

Anthony McGill
(David Finlayson)

Clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky perform music by James Lee III, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Jessie Montgomery in a concert recorded live and streamed from the Music Room.

We are delighted to invite you once again to a concert at Dumbarton Oaks! Clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky join forces in an exciting program that embraces both new and familiar works for clarinet and piano by Robert Schumann, James Lee III, Johannes Brahms, and former Dumbarton Oaks Early-Career Musician in Residence Jessie Montgomery. Be sure to get your virtual front-row seat for this free event, recorded live and streamed from our historic Music Room. A link to the streaming performance will be provided to all ticket holders on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. ET and will be accessible until Friday, April 30 at 2 p.m. ET. The concert is free but registration is required.

Clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic—that orchestra’s first African-American principal player—and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (New York Times) and “exquisite combination of technical refinement and expressive radiance” (Baltimore Sun), McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music.

Pianist Anna Polonsky has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, garnering accolades as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. The New York Times praised her as “a chamber musician of exceptional refinement [with] an appealing touch and compelling interpretive skills,” while the Washington Post described her playing as “consistently captivating.” She made her solo piano debut at the age of seven in Moscow, emigrating to the United States in 1990. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School and serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College.



[Ad Anah? James Lee III (b. 1975)]

[Peace Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981)]

John Malveaux: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Jessie Montgomery named as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's next composer-in-residence

Jessie Montgomery

John Malveaux of writes:

Jessie Montgomery named as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's next composer-in-residence


New York Public Radio Board of Trustees Elects Timothy A. Wilkins as New Chair

Timothy A. Wilkins

Prominent international lawyer and accomplished advocate for social justice and sustainability in New York and globally assumes new role after joining Board in 2018 

(New York, NY — April 23, 2021) – The Board of Trustees of New York Public Radio (NYPR), home of WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, Gothamist, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, announced today that Timothy A. Wilkins has been elected Board Chair at its April meeting. Wilkins joined NYPR’s Board of Trustees in 2018, and was elected Vice Chair in 2020. He succeeds Mayo S. Stuntz, Jr., who served as Chair for four years beginning April 2017. 

An internationally acclaimed attorney, Wilkins has over two decades of experience guiding social justice, cultural, and sustainability initiatives across New York City and around the world. He is the Global Partner for Client Sustainability at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Wilkins leads the firm’s sustainability practice, advising clients on regulatory, litigation and transactional issues related to environmental, social and governance matters. Wilkins co-led the founding of the New York Circular City Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, businesses and foundations, to promote employment and a greener environment for the city. He also served as Chair of the Governance Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Board of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Wilkins has served on the boards of several additional leading non-profit organizations, including the Public Theater, the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice, the Opportunity Agenda as Chair, and the NYC Global Partners as President, among others. In 2016, 2017 and 2020, he was recognized by EMPower, Yahoo! Finance and the Financial Times as one of the Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives. He was also named Minority Lawyer of the Year at the U.S. Chambers Diversity Awards in 2016.

“I am thrilled to have Tim assume the role of Board Chair at such a critical time for our organization, our city, and the world,” said NYPR President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami. “Through his professional work and participation on numerous non-profit boards, Tim has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring a brighter future for our community. He has worked tirelessly to build and strengthen the institutions that are the cultural and economic bedrock of New York, always with a focus on ensuring these organizations serve all New Yorkers equitably and sustainably. His deep understanding of the distinct role New York Public Radio plays in our city and his advocacy around diversity, equity and inclusion will help us meet our mission even more powerfully, and I am excited to partner with him on what’s ahead.” 

"I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board of this incredible organization," said Wilkins. "The pace of era-defining news and events shows no sign of slowing, making the public service of New York Public Radio and the dedication of the people behind it more necessary than ever. I look forward to collaborating even more closely with each of these individuals and my fellow Board members as we build on the innovations of my predecessors to further the reach and impact of NYPR’s groundbreaking work.”

In his time at Freshfields, Wilkins developed several novel programs to bolster the success of students and lawyers of color, including founding the firm’s participation in Legal Outreach, an organization that has for over 30 years provided college prep and professional experiences for high school students throughout New York City. Prior to his current role, he was a partner in Freshfields’ cross-border mergers and acquisition practice, and was the Vice Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he worked as an investment banker and lawyer for 11 years. Wilkins is also an adjunct professor of international law at Hunter College and lectures frequently at universities and business forums on sustainability and diversity.  

Wilkins graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship in Public International Law. 

With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, New York Public Radio (NYPR) produces innovative public radio programs, podcasts, and live events that touch a passionate community of 23.4 million people monthly on air, online and in person.  From its state-of-the-art studios in New York City, NYPR is reshaping radio for a new generation of listeners with groundbreaking, award-winning programs including Radiolab, On the Media, The Takeaway, Dolly Parton’s America, Carnegie Hall Live, and Aria Code, among many others. New York Public Radio includes WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, Gothamist, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio. Further information about programs, podcasts, and stations may be found at