Saturday, February 28, 2015
John Malveaux: Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers present “Bridges” at 5 PM Sunday, March 8, 2015 at St. Bernadette Church, in Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles
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Center for Black Music Research: National Endowment for the Arts: Art Talk with Jonathan Bailey Holland:
The arts] are a place where we reflect the world around us, and it's the one place that anybody can do that, honestly and, hopefully, in an uncensored way.” – Jonathan Bailey HollandJonathan Bailey Holland may be known as a classical composer but he's been influenced by everyone from NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis to legendary rap group Run DMC to 70s rock stalwarts Chicago. A native of Flint, Michigan, Holland has received commissions from the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Chicago Sinfonietta, to name just a few orchestras. He has written a ballet (for the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Black Dance Theater) and musically mused on everything from Chicago's storied architecture to the history of the Underground Railroad. Holland holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University, and he teaches at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Holland has commissions upcoming from the Cincinnati Symphony and Left Coast Ensemble and most recently he's completed a work for orchestra, titled Elegy for Humanity, written, he explains,"partly in response to all the injustices and atrocities we continue to hear about in the news these days." We spoke with Holland via telephone about inspiration, failure, and his 2015 cultural resolutions.
NEA: What was your road to becoming a composer?
JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: There was always music at home when I was a kid, and I often talk about my dad's eclectic record collection, where he had everything from Lou Rawls to Nat Adderley to Miles Davis to Bootsy Collins to Handel's Fireworks. I always remember getting excited when I would listen to his records, and my mom also played piano just for her own enjoyment…. As a little kid, I would always sit at the piano and kind of make up songs, and then I eventually started taking instrument lessons, piano lessons, and trumpet lessons…. I ended up going to Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, which was great, and started doing some composition while I was there, and this was a kickoff for me, and I’ve just been going since.
- See more at: http://arts.gov/art-works/2015/art-talk-jonathan-bailey-holland#sthash.cz3Vdy5n.dpuf
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'I am listening to Joseph Bologne's violin concertos for the first time and I feel such pride to know that works of such high nobility have flowed from black people also.'
Op. 3, No. 1; Op. 8, No. 9
You cannot know how elated I am to find your website.
I am listening to Joseph Bologne's violin concertos for
the first time and I feel such pride to know that works
of such high nobility have flowed from black people
also. There is a renewal happening within humanity, a
striving for the resurgence of nobility, love and
goodness. Africans must take the lead in this, but they
cannot do so if they do not know how much they
themselves had contributed in the past. Keep on
providing this information to the world and inspiring
Africans all over.
We welcome Samuel Enoh-Tanya to AfriClassical.com
spread the word about Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and
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Friday, February 27, 2015
(Jamie Davis, Houston Chronicle)
February 27, 2015
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Dominique-René de Lerma: Link to February 26, 2015 Performance Today Interview with Eduardo Rios, Senior Division Winner of 2015 Sphinx Competition
Dominique-René de Lerma:
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Dominique-René de Lerma: In April 1915 'Musical America' printed an article, 'Our great need: An American genius'; the answer had been present all along, in the spiritual.
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John Malveaux: Author and professor Lani Guinier will be interviewed Sunday March 1, 2015 on C-Span American History
Author and professor Lani Guinier will be interviewed Sunday March 1, 2015 on C-Span American History.
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University of Wisconsin Stevens Point: 'We performed the Afro-American Symphony last night' 'The students really enjoyed working on it and the crowd went bonkers.'
Dr. Patrick Miles
Director of Orchestral Activities/Professor of Horn
Brass Area Coordinator
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Music
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
John Malveaux: HistoryOfStCharlesParish.org: The 1811 German Coast Uprising was a revolt of black slaves in parts of the Territory of Orleans
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Dominique--René de Lerma: Harlem Opera Theater: Feb. 27 - Black History Month, Schomburg Ctr 6pm Reception + 7:30 Concert $40; 7:30 Concert (only) $25
Harlem Opera Theater
Lis Stevens, soprano
Steven Wallace, tenor
Quentin Lee, baritone
Gregory Hopkins on piano
Tickets available online:
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John Malveaux: Architect Paul R. Williams and Composer William Grant Still both lived on S. Victoria Ave., Los Angeles; both homes are on L.A. Historical Registry
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
John Malveaux: "African American architect Paul Williams designed home at 5531 Bryant Drive East, Long Beach" on "the largest residential lot (2.6 acres) in Long Beach"
Comment by email:
Architect Paul R. Williams and Composer William Grant Still lived on the same street (Victoria) in Los Angeles and their homes were listed on the Los Angeles Historical Registry 12-1-1976. 1976 was the Bicentennial of the United States. See 169 and 170 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Los_Angeles_Historic-Cultural_Monuments_in_the_Wilshire_and_Westlake_areas
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Unity Church of Christianity, Valley Stream, NY: Pianist Roy Eaton, 'Choipin meets Joplin meets Jazz' Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2 PM, Donation $25.00
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Air Force Strings Perform Works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & William Grant Still at Maryland Music Educators Association Convention in Baltimore February 20, 2015
On February 14, 2015 AfriClassical posted:
Dominique-René de Lerma: Air Force Strings And "An American Dream" Includes "Four Novelettes, Op. 52" of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
Thank you for your kind note and all your help in getting the word out!Mr. de Lerma's review was spot-on. I wish we had the money to have printed liner notes, but the Air Force is so tight on money these days. I've put in a request to my commander to let me write them and post them online. I'll let you know if I'm successful.The Strings have played the Coleridge-Taylor on a couple of Black History Month concerts, including one at the recent Maryland Music Educators conference in Baltimore. Both students and educators were thrilled to get to know the Coleridge-Taylor. We also gave out CDs.
This summer we're giving a couple of concerts in Maine and New Hampshire, so I'm pressing to perform the Foote in his native New England.Here is a program announcement by The United States Air Force Band:Air Force Strings take AIM to Maryland Music Educators Posted 1/28/2015 Updated 1/28/2015by Master Sgt. William Hurd 1/28/2015 - Washington, D.C. -- On Feb. 20, the Air Force Strings will take the Band's Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) program to the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Convention, held this year at the Baltimore Convention Center. Designed to build positive relationships with local educational communities, the AIM program gives Band members the opportunity to work side by side with students of all ages, in small environments such as clinics and master classes, as well as in large scale assemblies. The Band also hosts field trips to historic Hangar 2, our home on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, where students experience a little Air Force history and get a chance to sit-in on rehearsals. In 2014 alone, the AIM program reached more than 15,000 school students in over 70 events across seven states and the District of Columbia. The Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is the professional association for the school music teachers of Maryland. MMEA's mission is to provide professional development for music teachers, opportunities for excellence for music students and teachers, and to serve as an advocate for music education in schools. The more than 1,100 teacher members are from every geographic jurisdiction of the state as well as from every level of teaching--early childhood through colleges and secondary schools, educating in public, private and parochial schools. MMEA is a state affiliate of the Music Educators National Conference and the National Association for Music Education, the largest arts advocacy organization in the world. At the MMEA convention, the Air Force Strings will present an AIM program to music teachers from across the state of Maryland by performing a concert in honor of Black History Month. The event will showcase works by notable African-American composers William Grant Still and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and also include music by Morton Gould. The Strings are excited to be able to participate in this important gathering of educators and musicians. We look forward to meeting and working with the people who enrich tens of thousands of students' lives with the power of music.
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John Malveaux: Living History Museum, Peninsula Center Library Feb. 25, 6-7:30 PM: Misty Copeland tells of her struggles and triumphs as a ballerina
Peninsula Center Library
Living History Museum Celebrates African American History
February 25, 2015
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Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture: Take Black History Month Pledge that Black Life Matters! Help tell our stories and keep our history alive.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD
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