Saturday, May 8, 2021

Four Seasons Arts: Founder's Concert - 7 PM PT, Saturday, May 15, 2021: Music of Florence B. Price (1887-1953) and William Grant Still (1895-1978)

 

Dr. W. Hazaiah Williams (May 14, 1930 – April 24, 1999)

Four Seasons Arts writes:

The W. Hazaiah Williams Founder’s Concert sponsored annually by Four Seasons Arts will be presented online on May 15th at 7:00 PM PST.  Violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Zhu Wang will perform works by Johannes Brahms, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.

Anyone that would like to view this concert online may submit name and email address to fsa.info@fsarts.org.  You will be sent announcements about the concert and the actual link will be emailed to you on May 15th.  The concert can be viewed starting at 7:00 PM PST on May 15th and will be available to view for 2 weeks using the same email link.

Dr. Williams was dedicated to the racial and cultural integration and expansion of classical music audiences and the concert stage.  He began presenting concerts by co-sponsoring a recital by Marian Anderson at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House in 1958.  He founded and directed Today’s Artists Concerts, bringing to the Bay Area hundreds of artists from around the world. For twenty-two years, he presented a series of concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.  In 1981, he established the annual Yachats (Oregon) Music Festival, and in 1993, created Four Seasons Arts, serving as President and Artistic Director.  Four Seasons Arts perpetuates Dr. Williams’ legacy by presenting an annual series in Oakland, California, providing artists’ seminars and master classes for the Oakland public schools, and organizing concerts in the local county jail.

In the May 15th Founder’s Concert, Mr. Goosby will speak about the importance of recognizing Dr. Williams’ legacy and perform Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Brahms, Elfentanz and Adoration by Price, and Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still.

This concert reaffirms Dr. Williams’ belief that Art creates images of beauty that enrich and ennoble as they inspire people to achieve the highest and best in the human experience.  Music is a vehicle through which he pursued his vision that race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and language are artificial barriers preventing the human family from recognizing their enduring commonality.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Sergio A. Mims: YCA Artist Randall Goosby celebrates the music of Black classical composers for debut album "Roots" out June 25th on Decca Classics


 The Itzhak Perlman protege pays tribute to Florence Price, William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson & others

First single is a world premiere violin recording of
Florence Price's "Adoration"


May 7, 2021 (New York, NY) - Today rising star and Young Concert Artists violinist Randall Goosby announces his debut album Roots, (Decca Classics) is set for release on June 25th. The album is an exploration of the music written by Black composers and inspired by Black American culture. The collection is a homage to the pioneering musicians that paved the way for Goosby and his generation of young artists.  The first single “Adoration” was written by the African-American composer Florence Price and is recorded with violin for the first time ever on Roots. The world premiere recording can be heard here.

Goosby says, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this album during such a pivotal moment in history. It has been a year of division and isolation for so many – I hope this music will inspire not only the kind of curiosity and creativity that brings people together, but also the reflection, understanding and compassion we so desperately need moving forward.”
 
“Many of these African-American composers – William Grant Still, Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – had to navigate society at a time when racism, prejudice and segregation were commonplace. Today, artists like myself, and other young artists of colour, enjoy more of a sense of freedom and confidence in pursuing a career in classical music.”
 
Produced by 2021 GRAMMY Producer of the Year, David Frost, the release also includes world premiere recordings of music by Florence Price, lately enjoying renewed recognition across the world. Price made history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major US orchestra in 1933, but after her death, her music faded into obscurity. In 2009, manuscripts of Price’s music were rediscovered and saved from destruction from her former home in Illinois: two “Fantasies” are commercially recorded for the first time, and “Adoration” recorded with violin makes its world debut as well.
 
Maud Powell (1867-1920), one of America’s first internationally acclaimed violinists, was known for championing music written and performed by women and Black composers. Her transcription of Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Spiritual “Deep River” features on this new recording, presented for piano and violin.
 
Known for his classical, jazz, and film music as much as his collaborations with performers including Marvin Gaye and Harry Belafonte, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) dedicated his “Blue/s Forms” to African American violinist Sanford Allen, the first Black member of the New York Philharmonic. The work in three parts draws influences from Baroque counterpoint, Black folk music and American Romanticism. Allen, born in 1939, remains a close friend and mentor to Goosby to this day. Jascha Heifetz’s virtuosic violin transcriptions from George Gershwin’s (1898-1937) Porgy and Bess follow, showcasing Goosby’s technical brilliance in the interpretation of American classics.
 
William Grant Still (1895-1978), the first American composer to have an opera produced at NY City Opera, wrote his lesser-known chamber piece “Suite for Violin and Piano” in 1943, nicknamed “Mother and Child” after the work’s second movement. Each of the three movements takes its name from a sculpture: Richard Barthe’s African Dancer, Sargent Johnson’s Mother and Child, and Augusta Savage’s Gamin, each artist a notable force in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1910s-30s.
 
Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) composed “Sonatina” in the autumn of 1893 when the composer was staying in New York City, following a return from the American Midwest. Heavily influenced by his exploration of Native American melodies and Negro Spirituals while in the United States, Dvořák utilises pentatonic scales and syncopated rhythms, with the second movement’s plaintive melodies echoing the nostalgia felt by the composer for his homeland.
 
A year on from their first meeting at the 2010 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, Michigan, at which a 13-year old Goosby would become the youngest musician to win First Place in the junior division, Goosby and fellow YCA Artist Xavier Dubois Foley would reunite in 2011 at Shelter Island, New York, as participants in the Perlman Music Program. As their friendship developed, so did the bluegrass and R&B-inspired contemporary work “Shelter Island.” Receiving its world premiere recording on Roots, the piece looks to the future and is a specially commissioned work by New Jersey-based composer Foley.
 
Goosby’s sparkling enthusiasm for the violin seeks to show young people that music can inspire regardless of background, and with the release of Roots, he continues to recognise the immense impact of the work done by Black and female composers in the last century. He says, “If it weren’t for these composers, these artists and this music, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today. This recording is a tribute to their lives and experiences, and their dedication to creating this art that we all love.”


John Malveaux: LAPhil.org: LA Phil Announces Director of the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood

Camille Delaney-McNeil

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

LAPhil.org announces:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We’re thrilled to share that we will be welcoming Camille Delaney-McNeil to the LA Phil as our first-ever Beckmen YOLA Center Director. In this new role, Camille will be responsible for developing the long-term vision of the Beckmen YOLA Center in Inglewood and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), as well as managing the venue’s facility operations. The Frank Gehry-designed Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood will open in August 2021 and welcome its first class of local Inglewood students this fall. Recruited through an extensive national search, Camille comes to the LA Phil from OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program where she held the position of Director of Programs. In addition to her many contributions to the artistic and strategic development of OrchKids, she also curated and created the OrchKids Green Festival to celebrate and spotlight West Baltimore as a cultural hub for young musicians and to help advance a large-scale neighborhood beautification effort. Camille was a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the SphinxLEAD program with the Sphinx Organization and currently sits on the Board of El Sistema USA. Camille is a fierce advocate for social change through music as well as a classically trained singer and flutist with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute.

Camille will assume her position beginning June 28. I’m looking forward to everyone getting to know her in this new role and to all the wonderful and inspiring work we will accomplish together. 

All the best,
Elsje Kibler-Vermaas
Elsje Kibler-Vermaas
Vice President, Learning


Thursday, May 6, 2021

FredoMusic, Inc.: Please donate to support the Intercultural Music Initiative on GiveSTLDay

Dear Friends,

It's GiveSTLDay, and we're off to a good start, thanks to those of you who donated to get us started. The direct link to our GiveSTL Day page is https://www.givestlday.org/IMI Please donate to support the Intercultural Music Initiative

Read on below for just 3 of the many reasons to consider IMI for your giving support:

"In April of 1934 all cultures and all music genres took to the stages of Kiel Opera House and all cultures were in the audiences. I think this is about as intercultural as you can get while benefiting from music as a huge economic asset. Huge." - Ed Golterman, longtime STL resident

"one of the few most-diverse organizations in the region - in their cultural programming, board membership, and administration." -  a Missouri Arts Council grant panelist

 “… IMI [Intercultural Music Initiative] is a new series of concerts, which works to build bridges of true understanding and cooperation between cultures…”  - Gary Scott, St. Louis Magazine

Thank you!
Tel: 314-289-4051


HIGHLIGHTS from the 2020/2021 Season (You may read the online format at https://imusici.org/voam/2021seasonfinale/)

Let's start with the following entry
in our IMI Calendar Page:


The 2020/21 Season: Forging ahead with fabulous concerts, streaming on our Facebook page, some on our YouTube Channel or via Zoom. Public anxieties relating to the Covid-19 pandemic are REAL! Thus most programming during the 2020/2021 Season will continue to be presented virtually on Facebook and YouTube Live. Sonic Safari instruction events will be offered through Zoom,  while a few programs will be offered live for a limited audience following the guidelines mandated by St. Louis and St Louis County. So, Friends, on Thursday, May 6, 2021 GIVESTL Day, please look no further for one of the organizations to support with your DONATION. And your giving will support, to paraphrase a Missouri Arts Council grant panelist, "one of the few most-diverse organizations in the region - in their cultural programming, board membership, and administration."




What about the genius talents of 13-yr old choreographer/dancer Sahfi Uwizeye and her 14-yr old brother drummer Jahja Uwizeye performing with acclaimed flutist Wendy Hymes! A Sonic Safari event posted at  https://youtu.be/yHhcaqAGW9g. Again, FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! Yes, so on Thursday, May 6, 2021 GIVESTL Day, please look no further for one of the organizations to support with your DONATION.

Now, you may still be able to watch Episode 2 of our IMI Season Finale Concerts featuring our own St. Louis based IMI Chamber Players trio of flutist Wendy Hymes, clarinetist Mary Bryant, and bassoonist Hank Skolnick. It's still available at https://youtu.be/EKbCZHanums. Again, FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! On Thursday, May 6, 2021 GIVESTL Day, please look no further for one of the organizations to support with your DONATION.


And from your emails we can tell that many of you enjoyed the FABULOUS pre-stream broadcast with KOPN Radio host Diana Moxon. Click to see at https://fb.watch/5ezExA5fsq/

Collaborations to help advance our mission
Amplifying Black Voices presented by Coro Allegro Boston  Still available at https://youtu.be/NUkPkVQJ-fc


The African Concert Series curated by Rebeca Omordia in London  One of many videos from our partnership still available at https://youtu.be/GHKpiuqSwM8 


Well, see our organization overview for more of bits on our programs at https://youtu.be/PC1kmpfc7bY

John Malveaux: SFChronicle.com: Bass-baritone Davóne Tines and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale enter yearlong creative partnership

Davóne Tines

John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale enter yearlong creative partnership that will draw on more than just his vocal skills. See https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/music/philharmonia-establishes-a-bold-new-creative-partnership-with-bass-baritone-davone-tines?fbclid=IwAR2YM_A8FUHT0WoNN-Y5vQ5pUIOq0ILhC9bsIqkqjjorr7yfd4WFluCd0FE


Tafelmusik: The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Landmark Recording to be Reissued in Digital Audio on June 18


 


The Music of Joseph Bologne, 

Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Landmark recording devoted to influential 

Black 18th century composer 

to be reissued on June 18

Countdown to reissue includes 

Joseph Bologne: Black & Classical 
Tafel Talks online panel discussion 

and the unveiling of a new portrait 

of Bologne by Toronto 

painter Gordon Shadrach


Toronto, May 5, 2021 … On June 18, 2021, 
Tafelmusik will reissue its 2003 landmark 
recording devoted to the music of 
Joseph Bologne, the influential Black 
18th century composer. With the goal 
of properly centering the composer’s 
achievements, the digital audio 
release will be reissued under a new title, 
The Music of Joseph Bologne, 
Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Tafelmusik 
has acknowledged that the original title 
(Le Mozart Noir) and the re-release 
artwork contributed to and facilitated 
the erasure of Joseph Bologne and his 
legacy. Newly commissioned album 
artwork by Toronto painter Gordon 
Shadrach and an essay by American 
conductor and Bologne scholar Marlon 
Daniel will accompany the re-release. 
The Music of Joseph Bologne, 
Chevalier de Saint-Georges will be 
available on major digital platforms 
starting June 18.

Marlon Daniel

As part of its commitment to reframing and contextualizing the work of Saint-Georges, Tafelmusik has engaged Marlon Daniel as a consultant on this project. A champion of works by composers of African descent, he is the Artistic and Music Director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges and
has given numerous lectures on the composer
in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and
at institutions that include Columbia and Yale Universities.

In addition to working with Tafelmusik on 
the album’s reissue and penning a new 
forward, Daniel will moderate Joseph Bologne: 
Black & Classical, a Tafel Talks online panel 
discussion about the music of Saint-Georges 
at 7 pm EDT on May 19, 2021. Daniel 
and panelists Dr. Christine Gangelhoff 
(Nassau), violinist Tanya Charles Iveniuk 
(Toronto), and Tafelmusik violist Patrick G. 
Jordan (Toronto) will unpack Bologne’s 
significance within past and current 
contexts and discuss the impact of 
systemic racism in music history. Tickets for 
Joseph Bologne: Black & Classical are 
$5 and are now on sale at tafelmusik.org.  

"Tafelmusik is extremely grateful for the guidance
and insight that Marlon Daniel has provided as
we navigate the process around reframing
and contextualizing our approach to the life
and music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de
Saint-Georges,” said Carol Kehoe, Executive
Director. “As the classical music world
reckons with issues of equity, diversity, and
inclusion, we invite you to join us in
exploring the significant contributions of
Joseph Bologne and the ways in which he
continues to inspire us today."

Who was Joseph Bologne and why has his
music been neglected for centuries? The
son of a wealthy plantation owner and his
mistress, an enslaved woman on the
plantation in Guadeloupe, Bologne
confronted enormous adversities around
class and race throughout his life. He
eventually rose to the pinnacle of
Parisian society to become one of France’s
heroes and a highly regarded 18th-century
musical figure.

Thanks to the work of a number of
scholars, musicians, and BIPOC
activists, the world is witnessing a
resurgence of interest in Bologne
and his music, including a new Disney
film directed by Canadian Stephen
Williams, whose credits include the
films Soul Survivor and Milgaard
and the televisions series Watchmen,
Counterpart, and Westworld.

Tafelmusik’s Music Director
Emerita Jeanne Lamon was
an early advocate of Bologne’s
music, which she programmed
in concerts. Lamon also directed
Tafelmusik in the original 2003
audio recording on CBC Records
and DVD documentary produced
by Media Headquarters. “His
writing is very virtuosic and it’s
clear that he could move around
the instrument very easily. He
had no technical limitations
whatsoever,” Lamon said in the
documentary, which has been
broadcast on CBC, BBC, TV5,
and ARTV among others. The
film has garnered a number of
distinctions including Winner of
the Banff World Television
Award, Finalist for the The
Golden Rose of Montreux, and
five Gemini Award Nominations.

The Music of Joseph Bologne,
Chevalier de Saint-Georges

digital album includes
orchestral excerpts from the
composer’s opera L’amant
anonyme,
 the Violin Concerto
in D Major, op. 3, no. 1, and
the Symphony in G Major, op.
11, no. 1 by Saint-Georges;
the Allegro from the Violin
Concerto in F Major, op. 10,
no. 4 by Leclair; and the
Symphony in D Major, op.
5, no. 5, “Pastorella” by
Gossec. Jeanne Lamon,
Linda Melsted
, and
Geneviève Gilardeau are
the featured violin soloists.

Gordon Shadrach’s brand-new portrait of Bologne,
Opus 7, will grace the cover of the reissued
digital album. The portrait is informed by
Shadrach’s lifelong fascination with the
semiotics of clothing and its impact on culture.
In particular, his interest lies in the
intersection and codification of race and fashion
— codes that impact the way we navigate
through spaces and influence how people
associate with one another. Shadrach’s
portraits of Black men utilize fashion—
contemporary or historical dress—in order to
pull viewers in to explore the biases
embedded in North American culture.
Shadrach seeks to disrupt the colonial
constrictions of portraiture by inviting
viewers to reflect upon the depiction of Black
people in art and culture.
 
Image credits: 
1. Detail from “Opus 7” portrait of Joseph
Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges by
Gordon Shadrach
2. Marlon Daniel photo by Bob Estremera
Listing information:

TAFEL TALKS:
Joseph Bologne: Black & Classical
The music, life and legacy of the 
18th-century violinist and 
composer
May 19, 2021 at 7 pm EDT online
Panel discussion with Dr. Christine 
Gangelhoff, Tanya Charles Iveniuk, 
and Patrick G. Jordan, moderated 
by Marlon Daniel
Discussion will be followed by a 
short Q&A

Who was Joseph Bologne and 
why has his music been 
neglected for centuries? Our 
conversation explores the music, 
life, and legacy of the influential 
Black violinist and composer, 
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier 
de Saint-Georges. Our panel of 
contributors from New York, 
Nassau, and Toronto will unpack 
Bologne’s significance within 
past and current contexts and 
discuss the impact of systemic 
racism in music history.
 
Ticket price: $5  
Website:
tafelmusik.org



ABOUT THE TAFEL TALKS PANELISTS

Dr. Christine Gangelhoff (Nassau), leading 
scholar on Caribbean classical composers, 
flutist, and founder of C Force chamber 
ensemble. Associate Professor of Music at 
The University of The Bahamas and 
author of the textbook Tour de Force: 
A Musical Journey of the Caribbean.

Tanya Charles Iveniuk (Toronto), violinist 
with roots in Saint Vincent and the 
Grenadines and member of Ensemble du 
Monde (Ensemble-in-Residence at the 
Festival International de Musique 
Saint-Georges), Toronto Mozart Players, 
Sinfonia Toronto, and the Odin Quartet. 
Faculty member at University of Toronto-
Faculty of Music, The Regent Park School 
of Music, and Axis Music.

Patrick Jordan (Toronto), Tafelmusik 
violist and member of the Eybler Quartet 
and Gallery Players of Niagara. 
Faculty member at the Glenn Gould 
School.

ABOUT MARLON DANIEL

American conductor Marlon Daniel is 
a protégé of the renowned Finnish 
pedagogue Jorma Panula. He has 
been described as “a natural and 
enormous talent” by the Chicago 
Sun-Times and as “fabulous and 
exceptional” by Pravda – 
Moscow. He is one of the most 
dynamic conductors of his 
generation and is a bright light 
for diversity in the world of 
classical music. He has performed 
in prestigious venues in Asia, 
Europe and the United States, from 
Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum.

A laureate of the 2018 Bucharest 
Symphony Orchestra 
International Conducting 
Competition, he has also been a 
recipient of the ‘Voice of the 
Artist’ Award from the United 
Nations in recognition of his 
charitable work bringing 
awareness to the crisis in Darfur
and an Honorary Key to the 
City of Chicago for Outstanding 
Musical Achievement. Recently, 
he has made acclaimed 
débuts with Chineke! in 
London, the Havana Lyceum 
Orchestra, Sofia Sinfonietta, 
Tatarstan National Symphony 
Orchestra and the Orquesta 
Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, 
where he was the first 
American to date invited since 
President Barack Obama’s 
historic lifting of the U.S. 
embargo in 2015, and the 
only African American to 
conduct the orchestra in its 
sixty-year history.

He is the world’s foremost 
exponent and interpreter of 
the music of Chevalier de 
Saint-Georges and a 
champion of works by living 
composers, especially of 
African descent. His 
recording “Phoenix Forever” 
(music of Hampson Sisler) 
on the MSR Classics label 
received rave reviews and 
was in consideration for a 
2011 GRAMMY.

He has held positions as 
Associate Conductor of the 
Praga Sinfonietta, Principal 
Guest Conductor of the 
Pazardzhik Symphony 
Orchestra and has been a 
Guest Lecturer at Yale 
University. Currently, he 
is Artistic and Music 
Director of the Festival 
International de Musique 
Saint-Georges, Music 
Director of Ensemble du 
Monde (chamber orchestra), 
Director of the Diversity in 
Classical Music Program 
at Teachers College, 
Columbia University and 
has recently joined the 
faculty Fordham University 
as Director of Orchestral 
Ensembles.

Next season, he will 
make débuts at the 
prestigious Havana Mozart 
Festival, Opera Créole in 
New Orleans and release 
a new CD on the French 
label, Alpha Records. 

ABOUT GORDON SHADRACH

Toronto-based artist Gordon 
Shadrach was born and 
raised in Brampton, 
Ontario in 1966. Gordon 
started painting in 2013 
and paints in oil and acrylic 
on wood. He has exhibited 
in solo and group art 
shows in Canada and the 
United States. He works 
from photographs at his 
in-home studio. He 
received his B. Des. 
(MAAD) from OCAD 
University and has a 
Master of Education 
degree from Niagara 
University. In the Spring 
of 2018, Gordon’s 
painting, “In Conversation”, 
was included in an exhibit 
developed by the Royal 
Ontario Museum titled, 
“Here We Are Here: 
Black Canadian 
Contemporary Art” and 
toured to Montreal and 
Halifax. His work is 
currently exhibited 
through the 
United Contemporary 
Gallery in Toronto. 

ABOUT TAFELMUSIK
Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio and Executive
Director Carol Kehoe, Tafelmusik is an orchestra,
choir, and experience that celebrates beauty
through music of the past.


Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of
passion, learning, and artistic excellence,
Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to
baroque music and beyond. Historically
informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century
instrumental and choral music (led by Chamber
Choir director Ivars Taurins) share the stage with
vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold
new music written just for the group. Each piece is
played on period instruments, underscored and
illuminated by scholarship. 


Through dynamic performances, international
touring, award-winning recordings, and
comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik
invites audiences to engage with beauty and
experience the breadth of emotion music can
inspire.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Student Musicians of Project STEP - Celebrating A Year Like No Other: Free Virtual Spring Recital Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2 PM ET




Join us in celebrating the achievements of 57 talented musicians in grades 1-12 who are some of the most skilled and passionate string players in Greater Boston.  This free event takes place on Sunday, May 16th at 2 pm online - RSVP here: https://www.projectstep.org/annual-spring-benefit/  

 

The recital will feature performances by the student musicians of Project STEP, a Boston-based nonprofit that envisions a world in which the classical music profession reflects our communities' racial and ethnic diversity.

 

Tune in to hear the students' impressive musicianship, see first-hand the strength of Project STEP's community, and immerse yourself in the beauty of classical music that can carry the world through these unprecedented times.


Programming will include chamber music works by Armando Guevara Ochoa, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, and many more.

 

The event is free for all to enjoy, with donations gratefully accepted!

 

Concurrently, Project STEP is holding an online auction that will remain open through 7pm of the concert day, May 16th.  Details can be found online here: https://www.biddingowl.com/ProjectSTEP

 

If you would like to learn more about Project STEP's mission and how you can support their work, please visit www.projectstep.org.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Harlem Chamber Players announce "Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021," a Juneteenth streamed concert

TThe Harlem Chamber Players 

announce 

Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021

a Juneteenth streamed concert 

commemorating the 100th 

anniversary of the Tulsa Race 

Massacre, in partnership with 

The Greene Space at WQXR 

and WNYC, Harlem Stage, and  

the Harlem School of the Arts

The digital event will feature the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s Tulsa 1921 (Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust), as well as compositions by Jessie Montgomery, Alice Coltrane, and
Trevor Weston.

The performance will include soloists mezzo-soprano 

J’Nai Bridges, violinist Jessica (Lady Jess) 

McJunkins, WQXR host and author Terrance 

McKnight, harpist Ashley Jackson, and 

conductor Amadi Azikiwe leading 

the Harlem Chamber Players.


(New York, NY) - May 3, 2021 - The Harlem Chamber Players announce Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021, an online concert program on Juneteenth, to be held on June 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM, in partnership with The Greene Space at WQXR and WNYC, Harlem Stage, and the Harlem School of the Arts

The program will feature the world premiere of TULSA 1921 (Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust) by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, commissioned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, with a libretto by Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin. The concert will also include performances of Starburst by Jessie Montgomery, Prema by Alice Coltrane, and The People Could Fly by Trevor Weston.

The event will be filmed and broadcast from The Greene Space at WQXR and WNYC and will feature mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, WQXR host and author Terrance McKnight, violinist Jessica (Lady Jess) McJunkins, conductor Amadi Azikiwe, harpist Ashley Jackson, as well as musicians from The Harlem Chamber Players. 

Liz Player, founder of the Harlem Chamber Players, said of the program: “Our wish for this program is to use music to confront our painful past that has been buried from us for too long. These brilliant works by Black composers - underrepresented in the classical music canon - tell a story of endurance and resilience, and we hope it helps people to move forward and heal.”

Pat Cruz, Harlem Stage Artistic Director and CEO, added: "The intersection of art and social justice is at the very foundation of Harlem Stage. We are so pleased to partner on this critical work that shines a light on truth and injustice, and showcases the immense, diverse talent of artists of color."

PROGRAM

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Starburst for String Orchestra

ALICE COLTRANE Prema for Solo Harp and Strings

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK TULSA 1921 (Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust) for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere) with libretto by Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

TREVOR WESTON The People Could Fly for Narrator, Solo Violin, and String Orchestra


FEATURED ARTISTS

Amadi Azikiwe, Conductor 
J’Nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano 

Terrance McKnight, Narrator 
Jessica (Lady Jess) McJunkins, Violin
Ashley Jackson, Harp

About The Harlem Chamber Players

The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions, while creating opportunities for classically trained musicians of color.

About The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

The Greene Space is the street-level broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR, channeling the collective genius in New York City to create forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism that sparks change. It brings audiences to the intersection of art and politics by leading courageous conversations and curating performances of intense beauty that are deeply rooted locally but relevant to audiences globally. 

About Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For nearly 40 years, Harlem Stage has stood at the intersection of art and social justice with a singular mission to perpetuate and celebrate the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. We provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances easily accessible to all audiences and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement, and inspiration of the performing arts.

About Harlem School of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Center

New York City’s premier community arts institution, the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center stands uniquely apart as the sole provider of arts education in four disciplines: music, dance, theatre, and art & design, all within our award-winning 37,000 square foot facility. The School’s reputation for artistic rigor and excellence attracts students of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds from the five New York City boroughs as well as Westchester County and the tri-state area, which includes Connecticut and New Jersey. HSA’s alumni and faculty are counted among the most talented leaders in the arts.  
 
For over 50-years HSA has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of people through world-class training in the arts. HSA offers its students the freedom to find and develop the artist and citizen within themselves in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.