Sunday, March 26, 2017

Roderick Cox Conducts Minnesota Orchestra in MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, "Scottish" at Stillwater Area H.S. 10 AM, April 18, 2017

Roderick Cox
Associate Conductor
Minnesota Orchestra

Associate Conductor Roderick Cox leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, "Scottish" at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minnesota at 10 AM, April 18, 2017. 


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz: J’adore Ella, Monday, March 27 at 7 PM

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Our 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival will conclude with a show-stopping performance by the French duo, Les Nubians, sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Bordeaux, France known for melding African rhythms with jazz and R&B. This concert will offer a glimpse of Fitzgerald’s influence as an internationally acclaimed jazz artist.

In 1990, Fitzgerald received the French medal of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) for her significant contributions to jazz. Infusing traditional Fitzgerald with cultural notes from across the African diaspora, the Grammy-nominated singers highlight in grand sophistication why the world continues to love and admire Ella Fitzgerald.

To purchase tickets, please click  here.

Schomburg Society Members: $25 | General Admission: $30

@SchomburgCenter #WJF2017

NOBLE Region II Business Meeting and Training Saturday, April 1, 2017, Norfolk Police Academy, Norfolk, VA; RSVP by March 29, 2017, by phone or email

John Malveaux: Los Angeles Times: "Bullock closed 'Night and Dreams' bringing stunning focus to Schubert’s song of that name, 'Nacht und Traüme.'"

Julia Bullock

John Malveaux of 

A quote from Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times music critic in his review of March 21, 2017 performance of BECKETT and Schubert, NIGHT and DREAMS at Disney Concert Hall "Bullock closed “Night and Dreams” bringing stunning focus to Schubert’s song of that name, “Nacht und Traüme.” This is the kind of great Schubert singing that were I not to hear another song sung this year, it wouldn’t be wasted". I am a witness.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Winston-Salem State University Heritage Society: Music Appreciation Program April 29, 2017, 3pm; To Participate, RSVP by April 15th by Telephone

Winston-Salem State University is an HBCU located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dr. DaBeth Manns writes:

Hello to all and here's hoping your 2017 has been excellent thus far!  I invite you to join me for an informal afternoon of musical fun on April 29th at 3pm (i.e., see flyer attached and feel welcome to forward it).  We plan to make plenty of joyful noise with hands on exposure to orchestra instruments for youth and community music networking.
     Do RSVP by April 15th at (336) 793-2011 if you want to participate with a 2 to 5 minutes vocal or instrumental performance, dance routine, visual art presentation, poetry or prose recitation and/or reading.
     This year too, I am pleased to feature an academic component (e.g., information sharing about local music lessons and math tutoring since each improves the other).  Make it a terrific Spring season!


Dr. DaBeth Manns
WSSU Heritage Society
Share your tax-deductible gift in support of music education today!
Check payable to
Belinda S. Womack Endowed-WSSU FDN
and send it to
WSSU Advancement
311 Blair Hall
Winston-Salem, NC 27710
(336) 750-2184

Suggested Donation  $10 Adults   $1 Youth

 April 29, 2017 at 3pm

WSSU Foundation’s Belinda S. Womack
       Memorial Music Scholarship Fund

3:00 to 3:25-Program Introduction
3:30 to 4:30-Acoustic Instrument Workshop
4:45 to 6:00-Community Music Networking and Academic (Math) Exchange
LOCATION  Rupert Bell Recreation Center 
                       1501 Mt. Zion Pl   W-S, NC  27101
Love music or know of an individual or business that wants exposure?   Sponsorship opportunities are available at $50!                                                      

Organizer:  Dr. D. Manns     (336) 793-2011

Comment by email:
Dear Mr. Zick;  Thanks so much for your support! Yours in music, Dr. Manns (DaBeth) 

Dr. Eric Conway: Morgan State University Choir performs in Jacksonville, Florida and visits James Weldon Johnson Exhibit! [YouTube Videos of Museum & Concert]

Dr. Eric Conway writes:

On Friday, March 24, the MSU choir continued their Spring tour by traveling to Jacksonville, FL.  Whenever the Morgan choir travels, I try to include an educational component if at all possible.  TC Newman, Morgan alumnus and president of the Jacksonville chapter of the alumni chapter, told me that we absolutely could not visit Jacksonville without seeing the James Weldon Johnson Exhibit.   When we arrived in Jacksonville, we went directly to the Ritz Theatre.  This theatre is located in the La Villa district of Jacksonville, historically known as “the mecca for African American culture and heritage”  in Florida.  Some referred to this district in the early part of the twentieth-century as "the Harlem of the South" - thus the reason for the location of this exhibit.  The local chapter paid the ticket price of admission to the exhibit for the entire choir.

Although most students do not anticipate going to museums, the Morgan choir anxiously awaited this exhibit.  If you have every attended a Morgan choir concert, you know that we typically open our concerts with the James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson’s  “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  This Ritz Theatre exhibit generally features the achievements of notable African Americans from Florida, much like our Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore highlights the achievements of African-Americans from Baltimore; however, not as well funded.  The best part of the tour was a robotic presentation featuring James and J. Rosamond speaking about their life and music.  We learned much about James Weldon Johnson the activist, lawyer, diplomat, poet, and of course a songwriter.  Although not a very good bootleg video, pls. see below a link to a video of the twelve-minute robotic presentation which is quite life-like and informative!

Our Jacksonville concert was hosted by one of the largest churches in Jacksonville, Hope Chapel Ministries church where another Morgan Alumnus, Garry Merritt was an associate pastor.    We had the largest audience of the tour with incredible sound in the sanctuary. Please see YouTube links to our performance below with photos from the day.


Link to Robotic Video at Ritz Theatre:

Link to 1st Half of Jacksonville Concert:

Link to 2nd Half of Jacksonville Concert:

Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 329C
Baltimore, MD 21251

Quiet Fury Books: Spotlight on LETTING GO by Maria Thompson Corley [Pianist, Novelist and Blogger]

Letting Go
Maria Thompson Corley 

Maria Thompson Corley

March 24, 2017
Louise Caiola, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Making of Nebraska Brown, called LETTING GO “a smart and sexy story that captures the raw essence of love. Heartfelt, haunting, tender, tough and true.”
Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon—fear.
Told in a witty combination of standard prose, letters, emails, and diary entries, LETTING GO, in the tradition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, is a long-distance love story that also examines race, religion, and the difficult choices we make following our passions. From the Great White North to the streets of New York City to the beaches of Bermuda, LETTING GO is a journey of longing, betrayal, self-discovery and hope you will never forget.

Excerpt from Letting Go

Cecile followed him into the lobby, empty except for the night clerk, who didn’t look up. Langston sat on one of the russet leather couches, and Cecile sat in a matching chair at a right angle to him. He watched her gaze intently at the coffee table, or maybe the Edmonton Journal someone had left on top of it, her graceful hands folded on her lap. He let his eyes travel up her slender arms and rest on her face, wishing they hadn’t come out of the club, because wherever her mind had gone, he was clearly not invited.
Finally, Langston asked, “How long have you been in New York?”
She startled, then focused on him. “Four years.”
“Do you like it?
“Most of the time. The homeless people are kind of disturbing.”
“You get tired of the begging?”
“Well…yes, but mainly I just feel bad. I mean, I can’t give money to everybody, and some of them must really need it. I guess they all do, even if they’re addicts, because even addicts need to eat.”
Her response surprised him so much that he couldn’t think of anything to say. After an awkward pause, something came to him: “I guess helping even one person makes a difference.”
“Allegedly.” She smiled with her lips again.
“Why are you so sad?” Liquid courage.
Cecile turned her head, her eyes darting away. “Homelessness is depressing.”
“It’s more personal than that, isn’t it?”
She bit the inside of her lip. “Maybe.”
Langston cleared his throat. “Sorry,” he said. “New topic.”
“It’s okay.”
He groped for something innocuous. “So you’re here to see the family?”
Cecile chuckled. “Sort of.”
“What’s so funny?”
She sighed, gazing into the distance for a while. Then her eyes found Langston’s face, and stayed there. “I’m here because I was supposed to get married next weekend.”
The couch squeaked as he fell back against it. “Wow.”
“It’s for the best,” she said softly.
“What happened? You don’t have to answer, of course.”
She looked at her hands, then rested her eyes on him again. Her face relaxed. “It’s okay.”
She told him, speaking hesitantly at first and then more freely, about what had happened. When Langston offered his heartfelt condolences, she brightened a bit. Then they talked about her being a musician, life in New York and Toronto, and their mutual study of French, and the more they talked, the more natural her smiles became. By the time Teresa and Betsy emerged from Darling’s, they were leaning towards each other, laughing like two old friends.

SWEAT: The Critically Acclaimed New Play by Lynn Nottage, Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Opens Sunday, March 26 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) NYC

Lynn Nottage

Sweat, the acclaimed new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey will opens on Broadway on Sunday, March 26 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street).

The full cast includes Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia), and Alison Wright (Jessie).

With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.

Kate Whoriskey directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.

Sweat is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Louise L. Gund, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jon B. Platt, Roy Furman, Len Blavatnik, Shelly Mitchell, Scott Rudin, Ted Snowdon, Kevin Emrick, True Love Productions, John Gore, Deborah Taylor/Richard Winkler, and The Public Theater.

The creative team for Sweat features John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design), and Jeff Sugg (projection design).

Tickets are available via, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Box office hours are Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM.
Ticket prices range from $59 - $149.

·         STARTING MONDAY, MARCH 27: Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

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Follow Sweat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @SweatBroadway

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cellist Jerome Wright at Carnegie Hall Friday April 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. performing the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano of Beethoven with pianist Glenn Sales

Jerome Wright

Cellist & Painter Jerome Wright writes:

Greetings Bill,

My paintings are in Museums, private collections and places of ALL kinds of worship.

A future New York exhibition is now being planned as well as inclusion in a forthcoming book about African American painters past and present.

I will be in recital at Carnegie Hall Friday April 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. presenting a program of the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano of Beethoven with my pianist Glenn Sales.

This will mark my fourth solo appearance in this sacred  place of music making as well a life time in music..

From the Projects of Lincoln Heights  Washington  D.C., back IN the day… to CARNEGIE HALL !!!!!

The famous Piatigorsky was once asked “ How does on get to Carnegie Hall”?
His answer was “Practice, Practice, Practice”.

I did not have that luxury.
I had to CRAWL……
I now stand in my own truth!

Thank you for your continued  support of  our  gifted artist: past, present, old and young.
Jerome Wright

Dr. Eric Conway: Morgan State University Choir 2017 Spring Break Southern Tour Begins with Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, then Heads to Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dr. Eric Conway of Morgan State University writes:

Hello all,

Across the land, university students and faculty are enjoying the very timely "Spring Break!"  Often university choirs, especially those from HBCUs, will take this break to share their music with audiences further away than their local environs. This year during our spring break, the Morgan State University choir planned a tour of southern states including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  

Our first stop was Richmond, VA where the Richmond chapter of the Morgan Alumni Association planned a concert at Fifth Baptist Church.  Audrey Watson, President of the Richmond Alumni Association was very instrumental in arranging this concert.  As many as fifteen Morgan alums came up to the front of the sanctuary to sing their Morgan alma mater with the Morgan choir.  See attached a PDF of their elaborate program booklet assembled for the concert.

On Wednesday, we travelled to Smithfield, NC for our 2nd concert.  On the way, we stopped to the original Carolina Barbecue restaurant, where we had an enormous helping of southern cuisine.  The Smithfield concert was at the quaint New Generations Christian Church.  Although this church felt like a stereotypical back-woods church, the spirit of this concert was much greater than concerts sung in much larger mega-churches.  Because the church was so small in area, we were able to sing the concert without any amplification creating a beautiful sound.

On Thursday, we travelled to Cheraw, SC, home of Morgan State Univeristy English professor emeritus Dr. Margaret Reid.  She almost single-handedly arranged for us to perform in her hometown of Cheraw, SC - known as the prettiest town in Dixie!  Cheraw is also known for being the home of trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie.  We performed at the Cheraw town venue - Theatre on the Green.  Despite being in a very rural section of South Carolina, the audience in attendance who appeared to be quite cosmopolitan and appreciative to all different types of music sung, did not want us to stop singing!  At the end of the concert, Dr. Margaret Reid presented the choir with a generous honorarium and two framed items for us to prominently display back at Morgan.

This morning was the midway point of the tour. We are on our way to Jacksonville, FL for our next stop.  So far, we have enjoyed a great southern tour.   See photos of our first few days on tour.


Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 329C
Baltimore, MD 21251