Friday, March 24, 2017

Cellist Jerome Wright at Carnegie Hall Friday April 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. performing the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano of Beethoven with pianist Glenn Sales

Jerome Wright

Cellist & Painter Jerome Wright writes:

Greetings Bill,

My paintings are in Museums, private collections and places of ALL kinds of worship.

A future New York exhibition is now being planned as well as inclusion in a forthcoming book about African American painters past and present.

I will be in recital at Carnegie Hall Friday April 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. presenting a program of the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano of Beethoven with my pianist Glenn Sales.

This will mark my fourth solo appearance in this sacred  place of music making as well a life time in music..

From the Projects of Lincoln Heights  Washington  D.C., back IN the day… to CARNEGIE HALL !!!!!

The famous Piatigorsky was once asked “ How does on get to Carnegie Hall”?
His answer was “Practice, Practice, Practice”.

I did not have that luxury.
I had to CRAWL……
I now stand in my own truth!

Thank you for your continued  support of  our  gifted artist: past, present, old and young.
Jerome Wright

Dr. Eric Conway: Morgan State University Choir 2017 Spring Break Southern Tour Begins with Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, then Heads to Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dr. Eric Conway of Morgan State University writes:

Hello all,

Across the land, university students and faculty are enjoying the very timely "Spring Break!"  Often university choirs, especially those from HBCUs, will take this break to share their music with audiences further away than their local environs. This year during our spring break, the Morgan State University choir planned a tour of southern states including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  

Our first stop was Richmond, VA where the Richmond chapter of the Morgan Alumni Association planned a concert at Fifth Baptist Church.  Audrey Watson, President of the Richmond Alumni Association was very instrumental in arranging this concert.  As many as fifteen Morgan alums came up to the front of the sanctuary to sing their Morgan alma mater with the Morgan choir.  See attached a PDF of their elaborate program booklet assembled for the concert.

On Wednesday, we travelled to Smithfield, NC for our 2nd concert.  On the way, we stopped to the original Carolina Barbecue restaurant, where we had an enormous helping of southern cuisine.  The Smithfield concert was at the quaint New Generations Christian Church.  Although this church felt like a stereotypical back-woods church, the spirit of this concert was much greater than concerts sung in much larger mega-churches.  Because the church was so small in area, we were able to sing the concert without any amplification creating a beautiful sound.

On Thursday, we travelled to Cheraw, SC, home of Morgan State Univeristy English professor emeritus Dr. Margaret Reid.  She almost single-handedly arranged for us to perform in her hometown of Cheraw, SC - known as the prettiest town in Dixie!  Cheraw is also known for being the home of trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie.  We performed at the Cheraw town venue - Theatre on the Green.  Despite being in a very rural section of South Carolina, the audience in attendance who appeared to be quite cosmopolitan and appreciative to all different types of music sung, did not want us to stop singing!  At the end of the concert, Dr. Margaret Reid presented the choir with a generous honorarium and two framed items for us to prominently display back at Morgan.

This morning was the midway point of the tour. We are on our way to Jacksonville, FL for our next stop.  So far, we have enjoyed a great southern tour.   See photos of our first few days on tour.


Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 329C
Baltimore, MD 21251

OPC Music: Seeking 20 Girls 11-17 Years of Age with experience playing an instrument, Auditions Saturday, March 25, 11 AM - 2 PM, West Oakland Youth Center

Do you know a young woman interested in the Music Industry? 

We are seeking 20 girls with experience playing an instrument! 
Ages 11-17yrs

Auditions- Saturday, March 25th
West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market Street
Music Education & Performance  
Entrepreneurship & Business of Music  l  Mentoring & Apprenticeship
Black Girls Play (BGP) is a holistic music education program that combines the study of instrumental music education with intergenerational mentorship and leadership development for Black women and girls.

Girls will receive comprehensive music education, develop their entrepreneurial skills in the music business and be mentored by some of the Bay Area's top musicians and music business professionals.
For final project girls will record a CD and produce a concert.

Prepare a song to perform

To receive an application, email:

For more info:  

Dr. Eric Conway: Morgan State University Presents "The Wiz" Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM; Saturday, April 1, 2 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday, April 2, 3 PM


Dr. Eric Conway writes: 

Hello Morgan’s Fine and Performing Arts Community,

Many of you already know the Fine and Performing Arts Department is presenting the award-winning Musical The Wiz.   This production is one of the many events on the university calendar celebrating Morgan’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary!

We are now just one week before the opening night performance - Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  Some may remember that the musical: The Wiz was premiered here in Baltimore in 1974 at our now defunct Morris Mechanic theatre. Baltimore's native-son Andre DeShields, who played the title role of Wiz in the premiere, has agreed to attend our opening night performance to make this production even more special.  As a native Baltimorean, at eleven years old, my family and I attended this premiere production and immediately knew that this was an exceptional musical.

Many of you have certainly seen The Wiz before, however, I encourage you to see it again. When Morgan’s Fine and Performing Arts Department produces a show such as this, it is certain to be an extraordinary event.  Showtimes are:  Friday March 31, 7:30PM (Opening night); Saturday, April 1, 2PM and 7:30 PM; and Sunday April 2 at 3PM.  All shows are in the beautiful Gilliam concert hall in the Murphy Fine Arts Center.  Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, and Morgan faculty & staff.

This is a great family event.  This show is one weekend only!  Please come out and support Morgan’s Sesquicentennial production of the Wiz!  I hope to see you there!


Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 329C
Baltimore, MD 21251

NOBLE and Starbucks are Partners in "Coffee With A Cop" Program Across the U.S.A.

NOBLE and Starbucks are Partners in "Coffee With A Cop" in Renton, Washington and Across the U.S.A.

At this year's Winter CEO Symposium, Starbucks Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz joined Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole to share the importance of improving trust between police and communities and how Starbucks® stores can play a role in that process. The company announced plans to provide additional support for the Coffee with a Cop program by hosting at least 100 events across its U.S. stores by October 4, 2017 (National Coffee with a Cop Day).
Starbucks will partner with NOBLE, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) to kick off the first of these events in five cities - Dallas, TX, Indianapolis, IN, New York, NY, Norfolk, VA and Seattle, WA - with many more to come.

Help Us Get the Word Out

Share the news with your police precincts and key stakeholders. Starbucks announcement and photos and video from NOBLE's Winter CEO Symposium event are at this LINK. You can also use this copy to develop any internal e-mail communications.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins Back On Broadway For Another 5 Months as Concertmaster and Soloist of Orchestra for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard"

with Glenn Close after 1st Preview February 2 

I am grateful for such an amazing Broadway debut experience as the Fiddler/violin soloist for Fiddler on the Roof! Some experiences deeply enrich your life and stay with you forever- that was one such experience for me!  I am excited to now bring the Fiddler repertoire into the concert hall with tours of my new solo project, "The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition," commissioned and developed with the amazing Oran Eldor and Ted Sperling and coming to a city near you!  But more on that in a bit.  I am delighted to spend another 5 months on Broadway, leading on stage (yes, on stage) as concertmaster and soloist of the largest orchestra in Broadway history, every night with the fabulous Glenn Close in the phenomenal score of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard!  It was great to meet and work with Andrew on his amazing score.  Working with Music Director Kristin Blodgette and a fabulous orchestra, this score brings the best of Broadway, plus evokes Richard Strauss, Mahler, Puccini, Rachmaninov and big band, all in one evening while being uniquely Andrew Lloyd Webber!  And in the few short weeks since opening, I've had the great honor of performing for and greeting Steven Spielberg, Hillary Clinton, and Whoopi Goldberg along with thousands of theater goers in our sold out Palace Theater!  (I've also seen Seth Meyers, Betty Buckley, Robert Redford and more.  Tickets are going fast on this limited run; if you come to see us, I hope you'll stop by and say hello!

Following are the dates I will be IN at Sunset Boulevard.  All other dates will be played by a substitute violinist.  Dates are subject to change.  Please check my website or with me directly for updates.
Sunset IN Dates
March 22-27
April 13-20, 22-26, 28-30
May 1-7, 17, 21-30
June 4, 7 @8pm, 11, 12-25 Final Performance
July - Possible Run Extension, TBD

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Thanks so much Bill, looks great! Cheers, Kelly [Kelly Hall-Tompkins] Pianist Richard Dowling to Perform The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin at Carnegie Hall [unprecedented two-concert cycle]

(Richard Dowling)

 Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is profiled at, which features a Bibliography and comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Richard Dowling
(Photo Ronald Babb)

Steinway Artist Richard Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Scott Joplin's 53 rags, waltzes, marches, and cakewalks in public. Dowling's twin recitals at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 1, 2017 will take place exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York.

New York, NY (PRWEB)

New York pianist, Steinway Artist and Piatigorsky Foundation artist Richard Dowling is to perform an unprecedented two-concert cycle of the complete piano works of American composer Scott Joplin in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening, April 1, 2017, exactly one hundred years to the day Joplin died in New York.
Mr. Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's piano works in public.
Dowling will offer a variety of Joplin's 53 rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks on each of his two programs: 27 works on the Part 1 recital at 2:00 PM followed by 26 works and a special Joplin encore on the Part 2 recital at 7:00 PM. The concerts are part of a two year-long celebration of the life and works of Scott Joplin (1868-1917), known as the "King of Ragtime Writers" with Dowling touring his music throughout the United States. 2018 also marks the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Joplin's birth. For more info, please visit
Dowling's tour encompasses over 60 recitals nationwide, including the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, New York, Cape Cod, the Scott Joplin Festival and the Newport Music Festival. On April 1, 2017, Rivermont Records will release Dowling's 3-CD set of the complete solo piano works of Joplin recorded on a magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano. WFMT in Chicago and WWNO in New Orleans have both recently conducted radio interviews with Dowling about his Joplin project.
Richard Dowling earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin, including a doctorate in music. Among his teachers was the renowned concert pianist Abbey Simon. The New York Times has described Dowling as "an especially impressive, fine pianist."
He made his orchestral debut at age eighteen, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. A New Yorker since 1990, Dowling has often performed at venues throughout the city including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory, and The Metropolitan Museum among others.
Dowling has performed for over two decades the works of Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, and Gershwin, and has published critical performing sheet music editions of the works of Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Hummel, and Zez Confrey.
Dowling has a special affinity for French music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire in Nice, received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle Cortot. In recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned Company of Musketeers of Armagnac (an honor society founded in the 17th century by D'Artagnan). He is one of only a few Americans granted that distinction.
Dowling also often performs under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to underserved audiences across America. He performs both as a soloist and in collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman (grandson of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky) and other Piatigorsky Artists. Since 1994 he has performed well over 1,000 recitals nationwide through the foundation.
Dowling is a regular featured headliner at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, and at the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in Alaska.

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Yet again, MANY thanks for the plug, Bill! That's very, very kind of you indeed.
Appreciatively, ---- Richard [Richard Dowling] Georgia S.O. 2017-18 Season has "Moonlight Waltz" of N.E. Wheeler, William Grant Still's "And They Lynched Him on a Tree” and Much More

Special - Tom Kells: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Timothy Verville, has announced its 2017-18 season lineup

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Timothy Verville, Music Director of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, brings this article to our attention: 

Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia Symphony Orchestra announces 2017-18 season

[T]he symphony’s continuation concert of its America series, “America, Vol. 4” will step outside of the realm of traditional, classical artists and into the minds of some of the world’s most famous African-American composers.
That production will include performances at the Ray Charles Center as well as the Marietta Performing Arts Center in March 2018 and will feature artistic partnerships with the Morehouse College Glee Club, Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, Oral Moses and the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers. The production will also include a world premiere of “Moonlight Waltz,” written by the GSO’s own N.E. Wheeler, and Georgia premieres of William Grant Still’s “And They Lynched Him on a Tree” and Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Human Songs and Stories.”
“We’ve done work in the African-American community before but I started consulting with local black arts leaders and discussing with them how important it would be for the African-American community for our organization to take up something which, unfortunately, is still an important topic today: race relations. You would hope we could be beyond these types of things, but we’re not. They were extremely encouraged,” Verville said.
Verville said Still is one of America’s first African-American composers to reach a high level of fame and that most people know him from his work with the Afro-American Symphony. But while the title of Still’s masterpiece might pose some controversy, Verville said the story of injustice and murder will undoubtedly move audience members, which is the goal of music itself.
“It should be of interest to everyone. This is the type of thing that stays in the shadows and people dance around it, and I think the only way you grow from something is by having the discussion. Our hope with this concert is to have that discussion. The piece is moving in a way that’s hard to put into words and that’s a good thing because it does what good music does, which is indescribable. You just know how it’s affected you and that’s the point of music — to say it in a way words can’t,” Verville said.
For more information on the GSO, visit

Detroit S. O. Webcast of Branford Marsalis Fri., Mar. 24, 8 PM EDT; Berlioz "Love Scene"; Gabriel Prokoviev Saxophone Concerto; Prokofiev Suite, "Romeo & Juliet"







An incredible musical legacy inspires a new generation! Dynamic Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko leads Sergei Prokofiev's timeless suite from Romeo and Juliet, plus the spectacular premiere of composer/DJ Gabriel Prokofiev's Saxophone Concerto performed by the great Branford Marsalis.
Gabriel Prokofiev's Saxophone Concerto commissioned by Naples Philharmonic and the DSO.
BERLIOZ "Love Scene" from Romeo and Juliet
GABRIEL PROKOFIEV Saxophone Concerto (DSO premiere)
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Harlem Chamber Players: Spring Concert with the String Students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4 PM

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

Hear the highly acclaimed students from Opus 118 and meet the legendary 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.
$15 General Admission and $10 for Students/Seniors when you buy online in advance.
Click here to buy tickets now.

$20 General Admission and $15 for Students/Seniors at the door.

Music by Haydn, Dvořák, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Ahmed Alabaca and more!
Jessica McJunkins, Violin
Charlene Bishop, Violin
Tia Allen, Viola
Sujari Britt, Cello
The sensational violin students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

John Malveaux: Rachmaninoff Works for Violin & Piano with Annelle Gregory, violin & Alexander Sinchuk, piano on Bridge Records, is KUSC album of the week 3/27 - 4/2, 2017

Rachmaninoff: Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin & Piano 

Annelle K. Gregory, Violin

Alexander Sinchuk, Piano

Bridge 9481 (2017)

John Malveaux of

The Rachmaninoff CD (Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin & Piano) featuring Annelle K Gregory (violin)  and Alexander Sinchuk (piano) on Bridge Records will be KUSC Classical Radio album of the week starting Monday 3/27 through Sunday April 2, 2017. That means it's played at different times throughout the week, usually at least once a day. Annelle is a senior at USC Thornton School of Music studying under Glenn Dicterow. Please see and

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Thank you very much!!  [Annelle K. Gregory]