Tuesday, April 30, 2013

John Malveaux: 'Mark S. Doss as Der Hollander...Televised by Rai5 and soon to be released on DVD'

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:

Mark S. Doss as Der Holländer

Published on Apr 16, 2013

Teatro Comunale di Bologna,
performance of March 13, 2013

televised by Rai5 and soon to be released on DVD
under the RAITRADE label

Dominique-René de Lerma: János Starker Among First To Give Attention to Non-Jazz Works of David N. Baker

János Starker

Dominique-René de Lerma:
When Bill McGlaughlin was preparing this week's dedication to the cello for Exploring music, he would not have known that the first program would be aired only a day after the death of one of his featured artists: János Starker.  This superb musician is our immediate concern because he was among the first of the major classical artists to give his attention to the non-jazz works of David Baker.  That was Dave's cello sonata, which Janós not only recorded on Columbia's 9-LP set of the Black composers series (now available only from the College Music Society), but included it on his recitals.  Dave's work soon won the attention of flutist James Pellerite and violinist Josef Gingold.  Some of the non-jazz audience was a bit slower to respond: I remember the première of Dave's concerto for violin and jazz band, with Joe as the soloist.  That fact brought out all of Joe's many fans, but some of those who did not wait in the lobby for Joe's performance in the concert's second half, came in for the start of the concert, which was pure jazz.  These mouldy figs endured the repertoire as tolerantly as possible, but these events marked an inception of those works that showed Dave's assertion of stylistic freedom.  We thank Janós, Joe, and Jim for their pioneering work and support.

Dominique-René de Lerma

John Malveaux: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner Musa Ngqungwana

Musa Ngqungwana

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Hear tomorrow's opera stars today!

Meet the 2013 winners of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, straight from the Grand Finals concert on the Met stage the previous day, in their first New York performances as winners.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions has been discovering promising young opera talent for nearly 60 years. About 100 former participants appear on the Met roster every season. Past award recipients include Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson.

Watch the full show at:

Executive Producer: Indira Etwaroo
Video Producer: David Mc Lean
Production Managers: Ricardo Fernandez - Nikki Johnson
Live Event Producer: Jennifer Sendrow
Video Engineer: Carlo de Jesus
Audio Engineers: Chase Culpon - Bill Moss

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Duke Ellington, Born April 29, 1899, Jazz and Classical Composer and Bandleader Whose Music Has Never Left Us

Duke Ellington
Black, Brown, and Beige
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Naxos 8.559737 (2013)

The Naxos American Classics series is an exceptional undertaking by the world's best-selling classical music label.  Today we celebrate the birth of the All-American jazz and classical composer, pianist and bandleader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington on April 29, 1899.  He passed away in 1974, nearly four decades ago, but the stream of new recordings of his works flows unabated.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's new disc is particularly meaningful to us. Duke Ellington is featured as a Composer of African Descent at AfriClassical.com because of two works on the Naxos CD, Harlem (14:27) and Suite from 'The River' (21:04). Both were recorded on the Chandos label in 1993 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi.  Those two works confirmed for us that Duke Ellington had been a classical composer long before a recording of either composition became commercially available.

Browsing through AfriClassical posts of recent months, we found these recent examples of the continuing musical legacy of Duke Ellington:

March 11, 2013

Works of Henry Gilbert, William Grant Still & Duke Ellington in 'Hidden Voices,' BBC Concert Orchestra Sun. 24 March 2013, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall

February 3, 2013

Althea Waites CD 'Celebration' Features American Composers Curt Cacioppo, Duke Ellington, Jeremiah Evans, Margaret Meier & John W. Work  

The Single Petal of a Rose (1959) Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974)
The Single Petal of a Rose was the end result of a collaboration between Ellington and the late Billy Strayhorn, acclaimed composer, arranger, and pianist. It was specifically designated as a lyrical ballad for solo piano within a larger work, The Queen's Suite, which was written for and dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II of England.

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NANM 2013 Convention: 'Still We Rise: A Celebration of African-American Women in Classical Music' July 28-August 1

College Organist
Morehouse College

Still We Rise: A Celebration of African-American Women in Classical Music

2013 Convention
July 28-August 1
Early Registration Deadline
May 6, 2013

Gala Artists: Michelle Johnson, soprano; Sakura Myers, piano; Indra Thomas, soprano

Honorees Include: Dr. Margaret Campbelle-Holman (Choral Arts Link), Cedric Dent (Take 6), Fisk Jubilee Singers

Organ Competition Finals Concert featuring a special performance by Dr. David Oliver

TWO CONVENTION FIRSTS: Collegiate Young Artists Choir and NANM Convention Orchestra

William Warfield Master Class with Indra Thomas

Youth Vocal Master Class with Michelle Johnson

Ensemble Directors: Dr. Jeffery Ames (Convention Chorus), Maestro Kirk Smith (Convention Orchestra), Mr. Damon Dandridge (Collegiate Young Artists Chorus)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

David E. Berry, D.M.A., Pianist with Ritz Chamber Players, Thanks AfriClassical for Post and Provides Biography

David E. Berry

Audio samples of David E. Berry playing Dvorak's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 87 can be heard at the pianist's website, http://www.davideberry.com/html/listen.php 

David E. Berry writes:

Dear Mr. Zick,

Thank you again for posting the information about my recital. I just thought I'd pass on to you a bit more information about myself. I have included my bio below and have attached a few sample recordings. All the best to you and thank you for your blog!

Biography for David E. Berry

A native of Syracuse, NY, David E. Berry’s music-making has been described as both “compelling” and “full of power." Mr. Berry's performances as soloist and chamber musician have been featured at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bechstein Auditorium, the FOCUS festival, Jacoby Symphony Hall, the Gateways Music Festival, Coastal Concert Series, as well as in live broadcasts of WQXR (New York). Mr. Berry has also been a featured performer in the “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” and “Chopin, George Sand and Their Circle” Piano Series’ hosted by author David Dubal. Mr. Berry was featured as soloist in the world premiere of Kevin Cummines’ Piano Concerto with the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and also performed the world premiere of James Lee III's piano quintet "Night Visions of Kippur" at the UW World Series (Seattle).

Mr. Berry was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, as well as a prizewinner in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition. He has received his Bachelors of Music with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School. An avid learner, Mr. Berry is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and has been a recipient of the Links Scholarship for Artistic and Academic Excellence and C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship. His primary piano instructors have included Martin Canin, Douglas Humpherys, and George Skafidas, with additional chamber music studies under Seymour Lipkin, Jacob Lateiner and Jonathan Feldman. Mr. Berry is a member of the Jacksonville, Fla., based chamber music ensemble the Ritz Chamber Players as well as the West Palm Beach, Fl. based Core Ensemble. He also performs in duo recital with cellist Patrice Jackson-Tilghman (cellist of the Mark O' Connor String Quartet). In addition to his performance activities, Mr. Berry also serves as Co-Coordinator of Chamber Music for the Gateways Music Festival, which is in residence at the Eastman School of Music, and serves as the music and arts director of All Angels' Church in New York City.


Akin Euba, Nigerian Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, Was Born April 28, 1935

Dr. Akin Euba

Akin Euba was born in Lagos, Nigeria on April 28, 1935. His life and works are honored on the Akin Euba page at AfriClassical.com, which features a Works List and Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.comProf. Euba's retirement celebration took place on March 15, 2011. Phil Thomson of the University of Pittsburgh posted a blog tribute on April 18, 2011. Here is an excerpt:

“Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music Akin Euba will retire at the end of the 2011 spring semester, so on March 15 colleagues, students, alumni, and family gathered together to celebrate and share good wishes as he enters the next phase in his career. Akin Euba’s retirement celebration reflected all the elements of his storied career as a scholar, composer, and performer. During his 18 years with the Department of Music, he has fostered the field of creative musicology, led the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College (Cambridge University) and mentored ethnomusicology students who have gone on to lead the field in their own rights.”

Akin Euba's intercultural activities have continued beyond his retirement from the University of Pittsburgh. Joyce Adewumi organized “Dialogue: Africa Meets North America in Harlem, October 30 – November 3, 2011, New York” with the authorization and participation of Prof. Euba. A recent example of his legacy of African culture and studies is the formation of the Fela Sowande Singers at the University of Pittsburgh. The group's Founder is Dr. Oyebade Dosunmu, who took part in Prof. Euba's retirement celebration and has been profiled on AfriClassical.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

2008 Article in National Post Chronicles Path of Mark Doss to Starring in Canadian Opera Company

Mark S. Doss (Tyler Anderson/National Post)

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Please see story about Mark Doss, a Canadian-American living in Toronto
John Malveaux

National Post
On the Town with COC star Mark Doss
Melissa Leong

It would be hard to miss Mark Doss. Not because he’s an opera star and a Grammy Award winner who graces stages around the world. But because he’s the guy marching through the streets playing a melodica or hurtling through traffic on a scooter.
“You could hear me shouting, ‘Yes! Whoo! Go! You can do it!’ ” the 54-year-old bass-baritone yells. “People are like, ‘What’s wrong with him? Is he having a seizure?’ No, I’m making it up this hill.”
Today, he’s surfing the pavement on his Trikke, a three-wheeled vehicle he first saw on a late-night infomercial 10 years ago. “This is my joy,” he says as he weaves up and down his East York street.
In fact, a lot of things bring him joy. When he packs for trips — in the last year, he has performed in Vienna, Bologna and Madrid, to name a few — he takes a jump rope, a weighted hula hoop and his scooter.
In Milan, he would ride his scooter to rehearsals, covering 10 kilometres in as little as 35 minutes. “Hey! Veloce!” The men in the street would exclaim. “Yes, fast!”
He leans the Trikke on a car and gets on his scooter. He pushes off and his leg extends like a ballet dancer doing an arabesque. “You get your longest stride with your leg out.”
“They’re not that easy to ride, those things,” the Post’s photographer mumbles to me as Doss whizzes by us, beads of sweat on his brow.
“Whoo, miles and miles,” Doss is saying.
Indeed, the Cleveland, Ohio, native has come miles and miles. He was first exposed to opera as a boy. A man on television was singing The Toreador Song, the famous aria in George Bizet’s Carmen, and he broke a glass with a high note.
“Wow, he just broke that glass with his voice. That’s so cool!” Doss exclaims. His enthusiasm startles his elderly neighbour, who looks over from an adjacent porch.
Doss would end up playing the part of Escamillo (the Carmen character who sings The Toreador Song) about 130 times. In the last 25 years, he has done thousands of performances, playing more than 60 roles. He is currently starring as Thoas in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Iphigenia in Tauris.
But before the opera, there was the priesthood. His family lived next door to the church rectory and after high school, Doss entered the seminary program at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. He chose to leave in his second year to become a regular student, enrolling in music courses. In the summer of 1983, he did an apprenticeship with the Sante Fe Opera in New Mexico, a relationship that continues to this day. This past summer, he performed the role of the devil, Mephistopheles, in their production of Faust.

Soprano Marti Newland of MELODEON Performs 'Swing Along!' by Will Marion Cook, with Artis Wodehouse, Pianist

Artis Wodehouse of MELODEON:

Swing Along! by Will Marion Cook

Published on Apr 22, 2013
Soprano Marti Newland performs Swing Along! by Will Marion Cook 4/7/13 live in concert presented by MELODEON. She is accompanied by Artis Wodehouse, pianist. This video was filmed during the 3rd in a series of concerts presented by MELODEON at Church of the Epiphany, NYC during 2012-13. MELODEON performs American music from the 19th and early 20th century.

Swing Along! was written by Will Marion Cook (1869-1944), one of the most important figures in pre-jazz African-American music. Born in Washington D.C. of free, educated Afro-American parents, Cook's early musical promise was such that Frederick Douglass helped organize a fundraiser to send him to study in Europe. There he studied at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik with Joseph Joachim, the famous violinist and associate of Brahms. He later studied with Dvorak when that famous European composer visited the US. 

However, Cook of necessity turned to popular music as his classical career was not successful in the US. He became one of the most important early Afro-American composers of musicals and reviews featuring pre-jazz ragtime and related Afro-American vernacular styles. The popularity of his music was such that in 1912 G. Schirmer issued a collection of Three Negro Songs by Cook: Exhortation (from In Dahomey), Rain Song (from Bandanna Land), and Swing Along! (from the musical of the same name). As mentor and teacher, Cook influenced a generation of young African-American musicians, including jazz composer and performer Duke Ellington and singer/choir director Eva Jessye,

Audio and video by Whitney Slaten.

Comment by email:
Dear Mr. Zick, Your important and meaningful work with AfriClassical's blog continues to amaze me. Thank you for featuring "Swing Along" and for for the notice about it!  On we go.  Warmly,  Marti Newland

'Per Suonare a Due' of Composer Leo Brouwer Performed at Yale 'Guitar Chamber Music Recital' 8 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Afro-Cuban guitarist, composer and conductor Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.com

Music at Yale
Guitar Chamber Music Recital Presents the Classic and the Modern

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8 pm, the students of guitarist Benjamin Verdery will perform a concert of Guitar Chamber Music. The event will include classic and contemporary  works, including the Yale premiere of a piece by Verdery  himself. Other composers featured on the program include Leo Brouwer, Napoléon Coste, Jindřich Feld, and Manuel De Falla.

Brouwer’s Per Suonare a Due for two guitars will be performed by Marco Sartor and Alexander Malovanov. The piece, composed of five short movements, dramatically explores the reaches of the human imagination. Oboist Jeff Reinhart and guitarist Ray Zhou will perform Napoléon Coste’s romantic pastoral work, Le montagnard, Op. 34.


The concert will take place at Morse Recital Hall (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Lynn Harrell Plays Dvořák With Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Live webcast Sunday April 28 at 3 PM EDT

Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm EDT
Lynn Harrell Plays Dvořák

Leonard Slatkin conductor
Lynn Harrell  cello
UMS Choral Union

RAVEL  La Valse
DVOŘÁK  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
IVES  Symphony No. 4

This webcast will also be streamed live and available on demand for the next 90 days on Medici.tv

Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. Mr. Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and the National Symphony among others. In Europe, he has partnered with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Tonhalle and Israel, and has also toured extensively to Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East. Mr. Harrell has previously recorded with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony, and was awarded two Grammy Awards in 1981 and 1987 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and the complete Beethoven Piano Trios with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss Poses Backstage at San Diego Opera With John Malveaux and Violinist Annelle Gregory on April 23, 2013

John Malveaux and violinist Annelle Gregory visiting Bass/Baritone Mark Doss (Amonasro) backstage after April 23, 2013 San Diego Opera performance of AIDA.
John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends the above photo of himself with violinist Annelle Gregory and Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss

South African Cellist Thapelo Masito in 'Marlos Nobre, Poema III for Cello and Piano' on YouTube

Thapelo Masita

Sergio Mims writes:

The double bass payer Chi-chi Nwanoku sent me this link about this young cello player, Thapelo Masita:


MARLOS NOBRE, Poema III for cello & piano, Thapelo Masita, cello (4:03) on YouTube

Francis Paraiso: Concert at Angers, in France: "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Afro-British Romanticism", Friday 17 May at 8 pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Francis Paraiso

The LinkedIn.com Discussion Group on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) has an announcement by Francis Paraiso, a 28-year-old pianist in France:

Concert at Angers, in France: "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Afro-British Romanticism", Friday 17 May at 8 pm. Works: piano pieces, Ballade op.73, variations op. posth, string quartet and piano quintet.

-Benjamin Charmot, Florent Bénier, violins (also violinist at the National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire)
-Magali Prévot, viola (also viola solo at the National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire)
-Florimond Dall'Zotto, cello (also cello solo at the National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire)
-Francis Paraiso (myself), piano.

Presentation: Nicolas Dufetel, musicologist.

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk]

John Malveaux: 'Grammy Award-Winning Bass/Baritone Mark S. Doss in San Diego Opera interview and live performance'

Mark Steven Doss, Bass-Baritone, on KUSI.com

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:

Grammy Award-Winning Bass/Baritone Mark S. Doss in San Diego Opera interview and live performance. Mr. Doss will perform during 50th Anniversary MARCH on WASHINGTON Concert in Los Angeles 3:00 pm, August 18, 2013 at Zipper Hall-Colburn School.

John Malveaux

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tickets still left for Art of Élan's "Dream On" season finale this Tuesday night!

Kate Hatmaker and Demarre McGill

We'd like to remind you to join us for our upcoming "Dream On" season finale concert, taking place at 7pm THIS Tuesday, April 30th in the Hibben Gallery at The San Diego Museum of Art. This is the last installment of our "In Your Dreams" season, which explores, through music, the quirky world of the subconscious. From Tan Dun's haunting "Ghost Opera" and David Bruce's spirited work "Steampunk" to an exploration of the traditional and contemporary sounds of India, this colorful season has taken listeners on a musical journey through all of the unpredictable, terrifying, sensuous and whimsical things that happen in your dreams.

Read on to learn what to expect and discover how you can be a part of the Art of Élan experience. And mark your calendars for our May 29th performance at the Malcolm X Library in Emerald Hills. It's a FREE concert!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Harlem Chamber Players: Spring Concert with Opus 118 Harlem School of Music - This Sunday at 3

The Harlem Chamber Players and 
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
present a

Spring Concert

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027
Between Broadway and Amsterdam 
Click here for directions.
Click here to print and view a flyer.

Hear the highly acclaimed students from Opus 118 and meet the founder and master teacher Roberta Guaspari, the inspiration behind the award-winning documentary "Small Wonders" and Miramax's film, "Music of the Heart," starring Meryl Streep.


Joyce Hammann, violin
Charlene Bishop, violin
Adam Hill, viola
Lawrence Zoernig, cello
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music students and faculty  

Music by Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla, Gershwin, Telemann, Offenbach and more!
Please visit our website for more details and to buy tickets!
$15 General Admission - $10 Students/Seniors

David E. Robinson, III: Urban Strings Youth Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio Seeks New Director to begin in September 2013

Photos: Urban Strings Summer Camp 2012

David E. Robinson, III:

The Urban Strings Youth Orchestra of Columbus, OH is looking for a new director who would begin in September 2013.  This group of talented, young students was the creation of Mrs. Catherine Willis of F.A.C.E. - Friends of Art for Community Enrichment where she is founder.  She and her late husband, Edward Willis (longtime Columbus Public Schools educator and administrator) came to Atlanta for a wedding rehearsal dinner at Judge Glenda Hatchett's home where David E. Robinson III was performing background music on cello and violin.  Both of them struck up a conversation with him.  When Mr. Robinson told them that he teaches string orchestra in metropolitan Atlanta (Dekalb County Schools) and has a youth orchestra, Mrs. Willis told him that she was interested in getting an urban youth orchestra in Columbus started.  They kept in touch.  F.A.C.E. laid the foundation to start Urban Strings by recruiting talented young string players.
F.A.C.E. and Mrs. Willis invited Mr. Robinson to Columbus to do some school presentations, work with students (at that same school), and with the group of students that they put together who would eventually become Urban String Youth Orchestra of Columbus (OH).  Mr. Robinson provided a number of his arrangements - Negro spirituals, gospel, reggae, rock, R & B, hip-hop, etc.  Urban Strings has performed for several occasions in the metro area especially at the King Arts Complex downtown.  In 2010, Mr. Robinson brought his Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta to Columbus for a joint workshop and two performances.  This was just the beginning of a relationship in which they will be pairing up to perform in the 2013 National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) Convention in Nashville, TN July 28-August 1 and for Sinfo-Nia's Fall Benefit Concert in Atlanta October 19, 2013.

Urban Strings has been growing.  Mr. Robinson conducted its first annual Summer Camp in 2012 and is scheduled to do the same the week of June 10-14, 2013.  If you know of students in Columbus or anywhere else who have relatives in Columbus they can reside with for that week, they are welcomed to attend by contacting Mrs. Willis (for information on registration, tuition, etc.).  The energy, excitement, and enrichment these students experience spill into the school-year where they have more rehearsals and performances.

Here is an article on F.A.C.E.

Here is a video of Urban Strings performing James Brown's, "We're Gonna Have a Funky Good Time" at last year's Camp.

For information on the job opening and/or the 2013 Summer Camp, please contact Mrs. Catherine Willis at (614) 888-9929 or send an e-mail at cat4face@yahoo.com.

David E. Robinson, III
Founder and Artistic Director
Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.

Renee' Baker to appear with Southeast Symphony, conducting repertoire of Mary Watkins and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Renee' C. Baker

Renee’ C. Baker is to appear as guest conductor with Southeast Symphony conducting Soul of Remembrance from “Five Movements of Color” by composer Mary D. Watkins
Concert: May 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Faithful Central Bible Church
321 N. Eucalyptus Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

African Suite: Danse nègre - Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Concerto for Piano no. 23 in A major K 488 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Trumpet in A flat Major – Alexander Arutunian
Soul of Remembrance from “Five Movements in Color” – Mary D. Watkins
Concerto for Violin in D Major – Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky
[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk]

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Roy Eaton Live With Imani Winds In The Greene Space, On Radio At 105.9 Or At WWW.WQXR.org Monday, April 29, 7 PM Eastern Time

Imani Winds

Roy F. Eaton at piano on which he learned to play (New York Times photo)

Imani Winds in Concert 

Live in The Greene Space

Join us Monday at 7pm

The Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds bridges European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Hear this acclaimed ensemble in concert and conversation as they join pianists Roy Eaton and Donal Fox, and bass-baritone Joe Damon Chappel in The Greene Space. WQXR's Terrance McKnight and Q2's Helga Davis co-host this special evening, part of the Emancipation 150 series.



Royal Philharmonic Society has elected Sphinx Founder and President, Aaron P. Dworkin, as Honorary Member during 2013, its bicentenary year.

Aaron Paul Dworkin (b. 1970) 
is featured at AfriClassical.com
We congratulate him on his election 
as Honorary Member of the RPS.

Sphinx Founder Receives Royal Philharmonic Society Honor

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has voted to elect Sphinx Founder and President, Aaron P. Dworkin, as an Honorary Member during 2013, its bicentenary year.

RPS is one of the oldest and most eminent music societies in the world with direct links to Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wagner and many of the iconic figures of classical music. Honorary Membership of the Society is a significant honor awarded to musicians of distinction who have contributed outstanding services to music. The honorary membership awards have only been awarded 130 times in RPS's 200 year history. Dworkin was one of only five honorees selected this year and the only honoree from the United States.

Aaron P. Dworkin, Photo: Kevin Kennedy

Since the first Honorary Member, Carl Maria von Weber, was elected in 1826, some one hundred composers and outstanding musicians have been so honored. You can read the list of previous recipients here and it includes legendary, celebrated figures such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Berlioz, Saint-Sains, Aaron Copland, and most recently Abreu (the founder of the famed El Sistema program).

Read More in the Guardian Newspaper:

Comment by email:
Thanks so much Bill... it was quite a surprise when I learned... hope all is well with you.  Take care and talk soon!  Aaron  [Aaron Dworkin]