Saturday, February 25, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego partners with Art of Élan for the first time with a performance inside Jennifer Steinkamp's immersive video installation

For the past 9 years, Art of Élan has been pioneering unique events and bringing the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. Created by violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist Demarre McGill, Art of Élan continually expands the scope of classical music in San Diego through its innovative, one-hour programming in unique performance venues.  By drawing inspiration from the word élan, which represents momentum, vigor and spirit, and providing an opportunity to connect directly with concertgoers, Art of Élan continues to engage and energize audiences in new ways. 

Art of Élan Downtown

First Collaboration with MCASD

February 28th, 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is proud to partner with Art of Élan for the first time with a special performance inside Jennifer Steinkamp's immersive video installation "Madame Curie," an enveloping, panoramic work that activates a field of realistically rendered moving flowers and flowering trees. The evening will feature the music of Toru Takemitsu and Peter Askim, as well as the epic "Octet for Strings" by George Enescu. This concert is FREE for MCASD’s X-Set Members, $10 for all other MCASD Members, and $15 for non-members.
February 28 2017 at 7:00pm | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)
General Admission: $15
MCASD members: $10
MCASD X-Set Members: Free

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
1100 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Space is limited to 100 seats and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, both online and at the door:
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Rebeca Omordia's CD with Mark Bebbington of 'Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams' on SOMM is no. 4 in UK & well reviewed; hear excerpt on Facebook

The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Mark Bebbington & Rebeca Omordia, Pianos
SOMM Recordings 0164

Rebeca Omordia & Mark Bebbington

Eni Fashanu writes:

Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia's album with British pianist Mark Bebbington of 'Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams ' released on SOMM Records is no. 4 in UK'S Classical Music Charts.  

Rebeca and Mark have also received wonderful reviews in the Guardian, the Gramophone, the Arts Desk and Classical Ear.
They were featured on BBC Radio 3 and in Classical Music Magazine. 
Hear them perform Vaughan Williams' arrangement of Tallis' Fantasia as featured on Classic FM:

Eni Fashanu 

John Malveaux: Michael Abels composed the music for the 2017 film "Get Out," written and directed by Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (2017), Universal Pictures

Michael Abels (b. 1962)

John Malveaux of 

Michael Abels composed the music for the 2017 film Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele. Peele said, "I wanted Michael Abels, who did the score, to create something that felt like it lived in this absence of hope but still had [black roots].". See movie trailer and pic of Michael Abels.

Sergio Mims: Brighton Festival presents Chineke! Orchestra Saturday 6 May, All Saints Church, Hove; Jonathon Heyward, Conductor, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello

Jonathon Heyward

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sergio A. Mims forwards this news:

Chineke! Orchestra

'Freshness, energy and flashes of brilliance' Independent

Jonathon Heyward  Conductor

Sheku Kanneh-Mason  Cello

Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges)  Overture, L'Amant anonyme

Haydn  Cello Concerto No 1 in C major
Elgar  Serenade for Strings in E minor Op 20
Mozart  Symphony No 29 in A major K201

Few ensembles are as exciting as the Chineke! Orchestra, and it's not just for the brilliance of its playing. Established to provide opportunities for the cream of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) talent, it is quite literally changing the face of classical music by drawing on the artistry of exceptional BME musicians from throughout Europe.

Dynamic young conductor Jonathon Heyward kicks off with a joyous overture by the first notable composer of African ancestry, the Guadalupean Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–99). The sensational cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who caused a huge stir as BBC Young Musician 2016 and recently performed at the BAFTA Film Awards 2017, performs Haydn’s elegant First Cello Concerto, before the programme climaxes with the breezy geniality of beloved pieces by Elgar and Mozart.

Comments by email:

1) TERRIFIC! THANKS!  Sergio  [Sergio A. Mims]

2) Thank you for posting!  Very best wishes, Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, FTCL Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke!

Kahil El'Zabar will lead the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring Corey Wilkes and Alex Harding on their final performance of the EHE B'Free 2017 Tour Theme: "B" Free!

Master percussionist/composer and The Chicago Academy of Music's Creative Executive Director, Kahil El'Zabar will lead the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (EHE) featuring Corey Wilkes/trumpet and Alex Harding/baritone sax on their final performance of the EHE B'Free 2017 Tour
Theme: "B" Free! At A Time When It Is Most Needed!

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
St. Adalbert Church 
1650 W 17th Street, Chicago, IL, 60608
Tuesday February 28th, Doors at 6:30 PM
Show will begin at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event
 Entrance fee will be waived for neighborhood families, children & students

About The Chicago Academy of Music Conservatory:
The Chicago Academy of Music Conservatory (CAM) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to offering exceptional musical training to children and adults throughout the city. CAM is on the frontline of pioneering a new form of music education--creating an ecosystem of greatness.  CAM's unique curriculum and pedagogy allows highly accomplished professional musicians to share their extraordinary talents with both gifted and beginner students.   CAM believes that the benefits of music education and instruction has a tremendous effect on one's academic performance, sense of community, self expression, self-esteem and will ultimately provide a means of social and economic mobility.

If you cannot attend this uplifting performance, we encourage you to visit our website at to learn about the myriad of programs offered. 

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For more information about this event, please email

John Malveaux: Anthony Parnther & Southeast Symphony in "Tangents" by George Walker & "Centrifuge" by Chandra Dancy, May 18, 1st Congregational, LA

George Walker (b. 1922) 
has a website at
and is featured at

Chanda Dancy

John Malveaux of 

Southeast Symphony Music Director Anthony Parnther May 18, 2017 concert titled Serenades and Symphonies at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles will include the world premiere, of CENTRIFUGE by emerging composer/musician Chanda Dancy and TANGENTS by George Walker, the foremost living and working American classical music composer  SERENADE for 9 instruments by Byron Adams and CHAMBER SYMPHONY by John Adams complete the program. Please see  

Birmingham Conservatoire: Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition - Under 21s

Valentino Alessandrini writes:

I hope that you are well. I am writing to you today to see if there is anyway that you could advertise this competition through your publications or website? The deadline for applications for the competition is 31 March 2017, so any advertisement between now and then would be absolutely brilliant. 

The website for the event is;

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Valentino Alessandrini 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Support Music Kitchen and Be the Change You Seek - Help us Meet the NEA Match before May 31st; Still Needed: $5,448

In the News:
The End of the NEA?
"The arts in America wouldn’t be destroyed if the NEA ceased to exist. But music, dance, theater, literature and visual arts would become less widely available, especially in schools, rural areas and poorer communities. Access to culture should not be a function of family income." -Dana Gioia, LA Times
"Together, the three programs that may be targeted account for less than one-tenth of 1 percent of annual federal spending. But even if the arts get only crumbs, administrators said, they are crumbs worth fighting for: much-needed money that supports community projects, new works and making the arts accessible to people in different parts of the country and to those who are not wealthy."
The New York Times (February 19, 2017)
- Support Music Kitchen and Be the Change You Seek -

Photos by Gregory Routt and George McQuade (LA)

Music Institute of Chicago: Rachel Barton Pine Receives Dushkin Award at Music Institute Gala May 15 [developing, with the U. of Michigan: Music by Black Composers]

"The RBP Foundation is undertaking to research, commission, and compile music and collect related information for The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers." 


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Receives Dushkin Award;
Susan and Richard (in memory) Kiphart Receive Cultural Visionary Award;
Elaine Felder Receives Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence

The Music Institute of Chicago hosts its annual gala Monday, May 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place. The oldest community music school in Illinois and one of the three largest community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute is planning a celebratory evening highlighted by the presentation of the Dushkin Award to acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances throughout the evening include talented students from the Music Institute’s Community School, award-winning students from its renowned Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, and young students from its ArtsLink outreach programs, including the Suzuki violin program on the Northwest Side of Chicago, a collaborative effort with the YMCA.
The prestigious Dushkin Award, established more than 30 years ago and named for the Music Institute’s visionary founders Dorothy and David Dushkin, recognizes international luminaries in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth. Past recipients include Joshua Bell, Deborah Rutter, André Previn, Lang Lang, Stephen Sondheim, Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleisher, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, William Warfield, Isaac Stern, Sir Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Samuel Ramey, and Bruno Bartoletti, among others.
This year’s recipient, Rachel Barton Pine, is an internationally admired concert violinist, recording artist, educator, and philanthropist. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the country’s most prestigious symphony orchestras under the baton of renowned conductors from around the globe. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. Her prolific discography of 30 albums on major labels reflects her interest in the great classical works as well as contemporary composers and historically neglected artists. Having studied at the Music Institute with the legendary Almita and Roland Vamos, Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts. Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting classical musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development in conjunction with the University of Michigan: Music by Black Composers. She is a Life Trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago, which named the “Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair” in her honor.

Canadian Classical Radio Host Tom Quick Streams Black History Month Program, From 10 PM to Midnight EST, Sun. Feb. 26, 2017 at

Duke Ellington 
(Copyright Archive Photos)

Florence B. Price

Margaret A. Bonds

Karen Walwyn

Darryl Taylor

Adolphus C. Hailstork
(Provided by Rose Grace)

R. Nathaniel Dett
(Library of Congress)

Canadian radio host Tom Quick is again sharing his Black History Month
programs with us this year.  The same music aired on FM 101.1 from 10 PM to Midnight EST in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada will be live streamed on the Internet at

Here is Broadcast No. 219, the Black History Month program for Sunday, February 26, 2017:

Black History Month (Part 4)

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra:      Harlem. Ellington (orch: M. Peress.  14.30
Conductor. JoAnn Falletta.

Njabulo Madlala:  Baritone.              Be Still my Country.   Trad. 3.30
William Vann:  Piano.                         My Angel.                     Trad.  3.40

Karen Walwyn:  Piano.                      Concerto in One Movement.  F. Price.  18.25
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.
Conductor. Leslie B. Dunner.

New Black Music repertory Ensemble.  Five Movements in Color.   Mary D. Watkins. 31.00
Conductor. Leslie B. Dunner.

Darryl Taylor:  Tenor.                         The Negro Speaks of Rivers.   Margaret Bonds.  4.25
Maria Corley:  Piano.                          “My People”       Ricky Ian Gordon.   3.30
                                                                 Song to the Dark Virgin.  Florence Price.


The Nathaniel Dett Chorale:                 Ujima.                R. Nathaniel Dett.   3.55  Can/Con
Conductor .Brainerd Blyden-Taylor:   Elijah.                             “              “       5.20  Can/Con
                                                                    River of Dreams.          “             “        4.10  Can/Con.
                                                                    Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler.     2.00  Can/Con
                                                                    Hew ‘Round the Tree.  R. Nathaniel Dett.  2.00 Can/Con.

Chicago Sinfonietta:                             Epitaph For a man Who Dreamed.    Hailstork.  7.40
Conductor.  Paul Freeman

Comment by email:
Thank you William. I enjoy doing these programs, and all though I devote all my programs in February to black History month, I do play this music through the year. A special thank you to the artists who made these programs possible. Best wishes, Tom [Tom Quick]