Dominique-René de Lerma:
Musical America Worldwide
Awadagin Pratt (pictured) is back as artistic director of
the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, having been
fired earlier this month by now former CEO and
Executive Director Mark Ernster, who is out of a job.
The board members who quit upon Pratt's dismissal
are also back in the fold, including Chairman Jack
Pratt at the time reported that he had been "surprised"
to learn in an email from Ernster that his services
were no longer required, especially since Ernster gave
The firing turned the heads of Competition partners
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the University
of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (where
Pratt is piano professor and artist-in-residence);
Ernster did not consult with either of them--they
learned of his dismissal after the fact. They issued a
joint statement supporting Pratt's artistic leadership.
Ernster's move is all the more puzzling, given the
increased attendance at this year's competition as well as
the sold-out finals.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Dominique-René de Lerma: Musical America Worldwide: Cincinnati Piano Competition Does a 180 [Awadagin Pratt is back as artistic director]
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Sergio A. Mims: For a limited time, hear an MP3 link of my WHPK-FM radio show about Maestro Paul Freeman with Renee' C. Baker
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Dominique-René de Lerma: BlumeHaiti.org Music Matters: 'Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation: Tugging on Our Global Heartstrings' by Carolyn Desrosiers
Something needed to be done. Hannah was in college at Peabody at the time and saw an opportunity to hold a donation drive in the Conservatory. Donations included a trumpet, a lot of music accessories and sheet music, and later on a number of violins. The REB Foundation started asking people to hold drives of their own and little by little, they were able to amass enough instruments and materials to begin shipping overseas. (Learn how to hold a drive on their website.) Hannah says she’s always getting random boxes of donations in the mail, whether from the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota or from the Eagle Scouts. She calls it “the crowdfunding of music accessories.”
“Every professional musician has something sitting in their closet that they no longer want…every music student has something that they’ve outgrown that they’re never going to use again. And we want those things. We want your half used rosin, your junk strings, that edition of music you bought that your teacher said ‘oh no, that’s not the right edition.’ All of that can be used; all of that is still good. And if everyone sends us just a little bit we’ll have a lot of stuff to give to people who need it.”
In addition to supporting programs in Haiti through BLUME Haiti, Global Heartstrings supports the Ghana National Symphony, and a professional string quartet in Nigeria. Both of those groups are made up of professional musicians, but they also do a lot of teaching. “We’ve sent a number of instruments to Ghana because we found out that the concertmaster had a studio of children who were coming to his house every day to practice since the only way they could practice was on his violin.” The REB Foundation is currently evaluating programs in Kenya, the Middle East, and South America for support.
I asked Hannah, “Why music?” She replied, “Music is important. Obviously everyone needs basic things like clothes and shelter and food, but music feeds your soul. It’s a universal need as much as food and clothing, maybe even more so for people whose lives aren’t the most wonderful thing in the world. I find that the more privileged we are, the more comfortable our lives, the less music means anything. I have students who practice once a week but then you look at the kids in Haiti and the kids in Ghana and they are making music a priority in their lives because they need it that much.”
We at BLUME Haiti agree that music is a universal need and we think that it should be a universal right. We are so grateful for the support the REB Foundation has given us through Global Heartstrings, and we applaud the work they do in all of their program areas. “The extraordinary donation we received from Global Heartstrings will impact students and teachers at most of the schools we support located all over the country. From instruments, to supplies, to sheet music and method books, this donation will keep many young musicians happily playing and learning,” said Janet.
Rachel and Hannah- thank you for making music happen across the globe!
By Garrett Schumann (@garrt)
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Chicago Classical Review: Grant Park Music Festival continues to showcase American music with William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 3...“Sunday Symphony”
Thanks, Bill--I don't know what we'd do without your friendship. [Judith Anne Still]
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Errollyn Wallen Summer Newsletter 2015: Summer Greetings, Forthcoming Premieres of 'Hawks and Horses' 30 August & 'black apostrophe' October 4th
Comment by email:
Hello Bill! How are you doing? Thanks so much for posting the blog. All best wishes, Errollyn [Errollyn Wallen]
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Sergio A. Mims: Cincinnati.com: Awadagin Pratt, who was dismissed by...Mark Ernster on July 8, will continue in the role of artistic director; Ernster resigned...July 20
July 29, 2015
Leadership change reverses dismissal at World Piano Competition
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
CBMR & the School of Music at the U. of Wisconsin–Madison announce that online early registration is open for the 13th Feminist Theory and Music conference.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sphinx President & Artistic Director, Afa S. Dworkin, has joined the faculty at Roosevelt University in its Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration program.
Photo Credit: Kevin Kennedy.
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[Paul Freeman led] at Interlochen in 1984, '85, and '88, continuing his mission to lead young people and introduce them to important works by composers of color
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Monday, July 27, 2015
African Musical Arts: Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry.
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Dominique-René de Lerma: 'Ben Holt: Apostle of Musical Enlightenment,' as related from Mrs. Mayme Wilkins Holt, author, to Nevilla E. Ottley, co-author
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sergio A. Mims: I will pay tribute to Paul Freeman on my radio show WHPK-FM 88.5 and livestream www.whpk.org, 12-3 PM (Central Time) Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Justin Holland, African American Classical Guitarist, Composer and Teacher, Was Born July 26, 1819; Many of His Works Are on YouTube & Douglas Back's CD
(Provided by Douglas Back)
Mento Music Press SMM 3023 (1994)
With a week to go in this Black History Month, I've wrapped up my project of getting all of Justin Holland's 'Scraps From The Operas For Two Guitars' on YouTube.Here are handy links to all twenty, with the final five completed 'scraps' labeled 'NEW'.”1. Faust Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3pNizJwH4k 2. Faust March: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owo_y_Jeqyo 3. Fra Diavolo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edUcvDB9xHA 4. Freischutz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAx8KSEuh54 5. Fille du Regiment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGheAKqdms8 6. Lucia di Lammermoor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPcAjWvveH4 7. Lucrezia Borgia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yz-sP8Cqj4 8. Maritana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36bjfsCl7eQ 9. Martha No. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8u4M4o--Ms 10. Martha No. 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZNOo9E0J6I 11. (NEW) Masaniello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu-WmulxO3U 12. Oberon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj1-mMrdNSg 13. Norma 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVobcsU77aQ 14. Norma 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJmUgb78hNI 15. Traviata: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox2yuYSzRTI 16. Trovatore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytlwa-8v_C4 17. (NEW) Sonnambula: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVsEX07tR6Y 18. (NEW) Vespers Siciliennes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWmgtBjm5x4 19. (NEW) La Favorita: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTbpF1K6BuM 20. (NEW) Crown Diamonds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn2zVDlwos Donald Sauter
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Grant Park Music Festival Presents Conductor Thomas Wilkins in “The Sunday Symphony” by William Grant Still Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Millennium Park
CHICAGO (July 24, 2015) — The 81st annual Grant Park Music Festival continues July 29 with guest conductor Thomas Wilkins – music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra – leading the Grant Park Orchestra. The program includes Jerry Goldsmith’s eight-minute Fireworks, Dvorák’s beautiful, large-scale “Symphony No. 6,” and “The Sunday Symphony” by William Grant Still, “the Dean of all Afro-American Composers.” Performance is Wednesday, July 29, 6:30pm in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.
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