Wednesday, July 26, 2017

John Malveaux: Diversity and Inclusion: NATIONAL TAKE A STAND FESTIVAL at Disney Concert Hall featuring the NATIONAL TAKE A STAND FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

Marcus Gee

Thomas Wilkins & Gustavo Dudamel


John Malveaux of 
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Based on a past League of American Orchestras survey, nearly 90% of orchestra players are White, 3% percent are African-American or Latino, and most of the remaining 7% are Asian. On July 22, 2017, I attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association closing event of the NATIONAL TAKE A STAND FESTIVAL at Disney Concert featuring the NATIONAL TAKE A STAND FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.
The concert and El Sistema concept represent the most powerful vehicle for diversity and inclusion in American Orchestras that I have ever witnessed to date.. Please see NATIONAL TAKE A STAND FESTIVAL http://www.laphil.com/education/yola/national-take-stand-festival-2017/.
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins opened the concert with Coleridge-Taylor “Danse Negre”, Berlioz “Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust” and Elgar “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations. LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel closed with Tchaikovsky “Slavonic March”, and Bernstein “Mambo”, from West Side Story. I sat next to a gentleman who is producing a documentary about Maestro Dudamel. Before the concert, I asked if he knew anything about the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He quickly said NO. I shared two brief comments and hoped he would read the paragraph in the program about the Afro-European composer.
In 2013, i missed the screening of a Samuel Coleridge-Taylor documentary followed by a discussion with the producer Charlie Kaufman. However, I was successful in contacting Mr. Kaufman and he agreed to meet with me on his way to the airport.  Mr. Kaufman had invested all his assets in the documentary without a distribution deal. He graciously shared a copy of the documentary with me. Please see one of several trailers to his documentary SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR and His Music in America, 1900-1912 on Youtube. I selected the following trailer because the first person speaking is Francis Walker, sister of the Pulitzer Prize composer George Walker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU3uOodTEh8. The entire documentary is also on Youtube.
As the high school musicians between the ages of 12-18 walked on staged, I starting counting the number of African Americans players. I was momentarily distracted and they were coming so frequently, I lost count and could not recover to get an accurate count. Sitting in the front row, I gave close attention to the skillful techniques and confidence by the principal cellist Marcus Gee. See pic 1 Marcus Gee.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s first date with his future wife Coretta was a concert of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. After witnessing their lives and the NATIONAL TAKE A STAND ORCHESTRA, I know for sure YES WE CAN. see pic 2 Maestros Wilkins and Dudamel

John Malveaux: Conductor Kalena Bovell was assistant conductor for 2016-17 season with Chicago Sinfonietta & will be an observer at Cabrillo Festival July 30-August 12

Kalena Bovell
(Copyright 2014 Kalena Bovell)

John Malveaux of 
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Conductor Kalena Bovell recently completed her tenure as assistant conductor for the 2016-17 season with the Chicago Sinfonietta and she will be an observer at Cabrillo Festival July 30-August 12 2017 (conductors/composers workshop).  Kalena will have the opportunity to sit in and contribute to all of the conducting sessions with the composer fellows, conducting fellows and associates. She will have a limited amount of conducting during the festival and participate in discussions with guest clinicians including Leonard Slatkin. See https://www.kalenabovell.com/

 

John Malveaux: Misty Copeland will dance the lead role in Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company's GISELLE July 28, 2017, Segerstrom Performing Art Center, Costa Mesa, Ca

Misty Copeland


John Malveaux of 
writes:

Misty Copeland will dance the lead role in Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company's GISELLE July 28, 2017, Segerstrom Performing Art Center, Costa Mesa, Ca. https://www.scfta.org/events/detail.aspx?id=14508

The Charleston Gospel Choir and Charleston Spiritual Ensemble are seeking new volunteer members August 1 & 8, 2017

The Charleston Gospel Choir is a 75-voice gospel group and the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble is a 35-member vocal group focusing on African-American Spirituals.

The two groups will hold a voice assessment Tuesday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. each evening at Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston.

Volunteers are asked to prepare a solo of their choosing and vocalize in a choral setting.

Both groups will be preparing for a new season beginning this fall that includes a holiday concert, Piccolo Spoleto performances and other events in the tri-county area and beyond.

For more information: (843) 991-1035; www.charlestongospelchoir.org or www.charlestonspiritualensemble.org.

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