Monday, May 21, 2018

Pride Publishing Group: National Museum of African American Music adds ‘senior curator’

Dr. Dina M. Bennett

Pride Publishing Group

May 17, 2018

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has hired renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Dina M. Bennett as senior curator. Bennett has over 30 years’ experience in the music field and specializes in African American music and culture.

Bennett previously served as the associate director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., director of education at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss., and the manager of collections and exhibitions at the American Jazz Museum (AJM) in Kansas City, Mo. During her AJM tenure, she oversaw the museum’s temporary and permanent collection exhibitions, and also served as the co-curator and consulting ethnomusicologist for the museum’s John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection Exhibition (2009), the first addition to the jazz museum’s permanent exhibition since its opening in 1997.

“It is an honor that Dr. Bennett has joined our team,” said NMAAM President/CEO Henry Beecher Hicks III. “Her expertise is unmatched, and I’m positive that her work with NMAAM will result in an exceptional experience for our museum guests.”

Originally from Topeka, Kan., Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Washburn University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology with a minor in African American and African Diaspora studies from Indiana University.

The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in 2019, will be the only museum solely dedicated to educating, preserving and celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will share the story of the American Soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the present.

Harlem Chamber Players: Final Concert of the Season: Harlem Songfest, 7 PM June 1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY 10027

Click here for directions.
Click here to view and print a flyer.

We will close our 10th Anniversary Season with a gala concert, presenting some of the best voices in Harlem—Met Opera sopranos Janinah Burnett and Brandie Sutton, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Chauncey Packer, and baritone Kenneth Overton. Conductor David Gilbert will lead an orchestra comprised of members of The Harlem Chamber Players.

($5 off if you buy online in advance.)

Reserved center orchestra seating plus your name printed as a supporter of this concert.
$30 is deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert. Cash or checks only.
No credit cards will be accepted at the door. You may use your credit card if you purchase online.

Mozart Ouverture from Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)
Mozart "Deh vieni, non tardar" from Le Nozze di Figaro
Donizetti "Vieni o tu che ognor io chiamo" from Caterina Cornaro
Verdi "Re dell'abisso affrettati" from Un Ballo in Maschera
Mozart "Soave il vento" Trio from Così fan tutte
Puccini "Addio fiorito asil" from Madama Butterly
Offenbach "Barcarolle" Duet from Les contes d'Hoffmann
Gounod "Poison Aria" from Roméo et Juliette
Verdi "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto
Delibes "Sous le dôme épais" (Flower Duet) from Lakmé
Verdi "Per me giunto" from Don Carlo
Mozart "Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" from Don Giovanni
Bizet "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" from Carmen
Bizet "Au fond du temple saint" Duet from Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers
Mozart "Ach, ich liebte" from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Verdi "Bella figlia dell'amore" Quartet from Rigoletto

Rebeca Omordia in Recital at St. George the Martyr, London, 1 PM May 29

Rebeca Omordia

Rebeca Omordia announces:


  •  - 
  • St George the Martyr, London

Duo recital with Joseph Spooner, cello

Matthew Taylor - Sonata for cello and piano op. 29
Matthew Taylor - Fantasy Pieces op. 30

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: The Yin and the Yang! (2:51)

Aaron P. Dworkin writes:

Greetings and welcome to this week's episode of AaronAsk, your weekly mentoring session to live a fulfilling creative life!  This week's episode is titled, The Yin and the Yang!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Guardian: Sancho play portrays slave who became first black British voter

Paterson Joseph
(Photo by Robert Day)

It began as a quixotic project three years ago in local theatre. Now the story of the man who was born on a slave ship and became the first black Briton to vote has taken on new urgency, post the Windrush scandal, as it opens at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall after a run in New York.

Paterson Joseph, a Royal Shakespeare Company actor and a familiar face in the TV series Casualty and Peep Show, wrote Sancho: An Act of Remembrance initially out of frustration, he says, at the lack of roles for black actors in period dramas. It has developed into something with much wider significance. And in the heat of the Windrush scandal, it’s become more poignant than ever before.

The play tells the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho, who was born on a slave ship bound for New Granada (modern-day Colombia). His mother died at his birth and his father killed himself shortly afterwards. For years, the young Sancho battled servitude and the prejudice of 18th-century London. But he emerged to become a prominent actor and musician, befriending along the way the artist Thomas Gainsborough, who painted his portrait.

Anthony R. Green: Some upcoming events from Castle of our Skins

Anthony R. Green writes:


I would like to share with you some upcoming performances by Castle of our Skins, where new music and music in the repertoire will be featured!

AIN'T I A WOMAN: $15/$10/Free, Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:30 PM, Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA
The Ain't I A Woman project explores Black Feminism through arts, spoken word, history, and music. Featured works are Bear (world premiere) by Jessica Mays, and other works by Jacqueline B. Hairston, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, and L. Viola Kinney, and Nkeiru Okoye. 

CROSSING THAT LINE TO FREEDOM : 3 PERFORMANCES (all free) - 1) May 31, 2018, 6PM, Codman Square Library, Dorchester, MA; 2) June 1, 2018, 12:30PM, Copley Square Library, Boston, MA; and 3) June 7, 2018, 6PM, West End Library, Beacon Hill, MA. The Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of our Skins join forces to showcase the lives and stories of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Paul Robeson through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals, and history, their lives - and those of other legendary liberators - take center stage. Music by Nkeiru Okoye, Adolphus Hailstork, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Margaret Bonds, and Undine Smith Moore. 

Thank you very much!


Anthony R. Green

Sergio Mims: CBS: The Kanneh-Masons: The Family That Plays Together

Kanneh-Mason Family
(CBS Sunday Morning)

Sergio A. Mims sends this link to a story on cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, his six musically talented siblings, and their parents:

CBS Sunday Morning
The Kanneh-Masons: The Family That Plays Together

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oakland Public Conservatory Spring Concert May 20, 2018, 3 PM, Oakland, CA

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music is pleased to invite you to the 

Join us for a wonderful afternoon at the beautiful Edna Brewer Middle Panther Playhouse to showcase our students and faculty! Feel the excitement as these young musicians prepare to give their all in performance and make their families and community proud. 

Parents, family, friends, colleagues, supporters, and neighbors - come one, come all for an afternoon of music performance, fun, laughter, and togetherness! Open to the public.

This special event features students from our Afterschool and Saturday school programs at Westlake Middle School, Edna Brewer Middle School, and Lodestar. Performances also include the OPC-SFJAZZ Academy Ensemble and our pre-professional training group, the Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble, with the production crew, Black Girls Play.

2017-18 Faculty 

Gary Brown-bass; Marco Diaz-trumpet/piano; Zack Pitt-Smith-saxophone; Randy Porter-guitar; Michaelle Goerlitz-percussion; Angela Wellman-trombone; 

OPC Saturday School 
Ava Square-Levias-piano/music fundamentals; Pablo Soto Campoamor-percussion; Randella Jones-violin, piano

OPC Afterschool/Satellite Programs 
Pablo Soto Campoamor-percussion; Jeff Worrall-guitar/trumpet; Benjamin Martinez-guitar/bass

Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble 
Jon Jang-director

Black Girls Play 
Mary Goree-Music Industry; Cadence Ware-drums; Angela Wellman-trombone; Randella Jones-violin/piano

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE and Sheku Kanneh-Mason Tweet About Royal Wedding

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE @chichinwanoku tweets:

Yes playing from the heart & making us so proud wedding

Sheku Kanneh-Mason tweets: With ahead of the service 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, royal wedding cellist, gives breathtaking performance

John Malveaux: Wendy Smith Brune on KJAZZ Radio 88.1 FM 7 PM Sun., May 20

Wendy Smith Brune

John Malveaux of 

Save the date & time - May 20, 2018, 7:00 PM, KJAZZ 88.1 FM interview and delayed broadcast of Wendy Smith Brune May 4, 2018 performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art Friday Jazz.