Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Charleston Gospel Choir Spring 2017 Performance Women: Honoring Global Sisterhood Saturday, April 8


David A. Richardson
Music Director

March 21, 2017Charleston SCThe Charleston Gospel Choir is pleased to present its 2017 spring performance entitled Women: Honoring Global Sisterhood, Saturday, April 8, 5:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston, under the musical direction of David A. Richardson.

Through song and narration, the performance showcases the historical struggles of African-American women here in the U.S. and around the globe. Paying homage to the achievements of these women, the Choir will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of our mothers, sisters, aunts, and family of women.

The internationally acclaimed Choir will perform moving gospel and spiritual standards by gospel greats including Walter Hawkins’ He's That Kind of Friend, Hezekiah Walker’s Grateful, Richard Smallwood’s Trust Me, and many others. The lyrics of chosen selections will honor our sisters-at-large for their integrity here and around the globe.

“Women have always provided our communities with stability, but most importantly have given us our future, through birth and nurturing and raising of children. Conceiving and producing a performance in their honor is a highlight of my shared 17-year experience with the choir,” said Lee Pringle, Choir President and event producer.

“I gain so much comfort preparing the Choir for this moving collection of songs carefully chosen to convey how all of us feel about the strong women in our lives and their achievements. I look forward to lifting this music up high to demonstrate our love and togetherness,” said David A. Richardson, Music Director.

Tickets and Information
Charleston Gospel Choir | Women: Honoring Global Sisterhood
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 5:00 p.m.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston SC

General Admission Tickets
$25 adults; $10 children/students with ID
or at door (cash or check only) up to one half hour before event

About the Charleston Gospel Choir
Now in its seventeenth year, the Charleston Gospel Choir, under the direction of David A. Richardson, celebrates and performs gospel, spirituals and sacred music for annual concert events including a Palm Saturday weekend performance, Charleston Gospel Christmas, Piccolo Spoleto and regional events throughout the southeast with numerous engagements in Europe including Paris, London, Rome and Prague and Ghana, West Africa. The Choir will tour Cuba summer 2017. www.charlestongospelchoir.org

Images available upon request.

Charleston Gospel Choir • PO Box 22724 • Charleston SC • 29413-2724

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Sergio A. Mims: Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD with Lawrence Brownlee, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00PM



Sergio A. Mims forwards this release:

Don't miss Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD this weekend – just two performances. Use promo code PARKER to save 15% off tickets!
 
End the 16/17 opera season with the exciting new work Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD.  Described by The New York Times as “a 90-minute, swift-paced chamber opera with pulsing, jazz-infused score” this new-to-Chicago production from Daniel Schnyder with libretto by Bridgett A. Wimberly is perfect for opera lovers and jazz enthusiasts alike!
 
Audiences will travel into the mind, heart, and tormented past of bebop great Charlie "Yardbird" Parker — portrayed by renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee — as the saxophonist's spirit returns to the famed Birdland jazz club to complete one final masterpiece.
 
All ticket-holders are welcome to attend a free pre-opera talk one hour before the curtain rises and, following the opera, are invited to enjoy a 30-minute performance of Parker’s music from members of Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
 
At the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St., Chicago) for two performances only!
 
Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm
 
Get your tickets now! Tickets available online at lyricopera.org/yardbird or call 312.827.5600 to order by phone.

The Jessye Norman 'White Gates' Collection catalogue is now online!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New York 

CATALOGUE ONLINE

The Jessye Norman 'White Gates' Collection
AUCTION  Wed, Mar 29
EXHIBITION  Mar 25 - 27
The March 29 auction features artwork, furniture, decorations, silver, books, autographs and stage jewelry from the famed opera and concert singer's country home, White Gates.

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14th Annual Dali Quartet International Music Festival - Live Auditions This Weekend - July 28-August 6, 2017 (Quartet Fellowship Program from Mon. July 24)


The Dalí Quartet International Music Festival (DQMF) is a chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 by Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares and violinist Carlos Rubio.
 
The DQMF accepts students from beginner/intermediate through advanced/semi-professional levels, and offers a unique experience through artistic, musical, educational, cultural, and social activities. Every year the DQMF attracts hundreds of musicians from all over the United States, Korea, Bulgaria, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. 
 
Daily activities include but are not limited to: chamber music coaching, string orchestra sectionals, master classes, faculty recitals, fun social activities, and a variety of workshops ranging in topics such as: Body Rhythm, Instrument Making, Body Awareness, Jazz Improvisation, College Preparation, Career Opportunities in Music, and Latin American Folk Music.
 
Coachings and master classes are led by ArCoNet faculty, members of the Dali Quartet, and prominent guest artists from major symphonies and conservatories from across the United States.
 
The DQMF concert experience kicks off with a Faculty Recital, followed by daily evening concerts featuring the students and fellows, and the FINALE  Orchestra Concert.

Click here to visit the 2017 Dali Quartet International Music Festival website

Alumni from the DQMF have distinguished careers in music and have attended prestigious institutions including the Curtis Institute of Music, Reina Sofia Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Lynn Conservatory, Bard Conservatory, the Colburn School, University of Michigan, The New England Conservatory, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

 


LIVE AUDITIONS begin this weekend!

 Saturdays March 25th, April 15th, and May 13th from 2-5pm, at The ArCoNet Center in North Wales, PA.
•Online Auditions are open from March to May.
 
If you are a returning student, there is no need to re-audition (please apply online)
If you are a returning student, and would like to apply for a higher division, a fellowship or assistantship, you will have to re-audition.  

Click here for Audition Information

Jordan Peele to Receive “CINEMACON® Director of the Year Award” - He Made History by Becoming The First African-American Writer/Director to Cross $100 Million


Michael Morgan
Composer

A digital promotional download of the GET OUT soundtrack is available here: https://we.tl/qIZa3cI9Sa
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  (March 20, 2017) – Jordan Peele, the breakthrough writer/director of Universal Pictures’ smash “Get Out,” will receive the “CinemaCon® Director of the Year,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Peele will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony, which takes place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.

“With the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,” Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” noted Neuhauser. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.’”

In Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, “Get Out” is produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Peele. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson and Lakeith Stanfield.

Among its many accolades, the film has earned a 99% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Previously, Emmy Award winner Peele was the co-star and co-creator of Comedy Central's “Key & Peele”. The hit series garnered more than 1 billion online hits, and in addition won a Peabody Award, an American Comedy Award, and earned 12 Emmy Award nominations during its five-season run. Peele also recurred on the Emmy Award-winning FX series “Fargo”, was a series regular on FOX's “MADtv” and received an Emmy Award nomination for his music video “Sad Fitty Cent.” Peele starred in the New Line feature “Keanu,” alongside Keegan-Michael Key, which Peele also produced and co-wrote with Alex Rubens. Upcoming in TV, Peele is executive producing the new Tracy Morgan comedy show for TBS.

About CinemaCon
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry – from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office. 
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. 

About NATO
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 91 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too. 

John Malveaux: Julia Bullock sang Dec. 16 & 18 in Adams "El Niño" for L.A. Phil., Disney Hall. She returned Mar. 21, 2017 in "Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital"



John Malveaux & Julia Bullock

John Malveaux of  
writes:

Soprano Julia Bullock beautifully sang December 16 and 18, 2016 in Adams El Niño for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall. Julia Bullock returned to Disney Concert Hall March 21, 2017 to beautifully sing and act in NIGHT AND DREAMS: A SCHUBERT & BECKETT RECITAL See pic with Julia Bullock following performance and brief discussion.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil War's "Gospel Army" by Johari Jabir, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Conjuring Freedom Music and Masculinity in the
Civil War's "Gospel Army"
Johari Jabir


AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: "Step Back!" (YouTube: 3:02)




Aaron P. Dworkin writes:


Greetings and welcome to this week's episode of AaronAsk, your weekly mentoring session to live a fulfilling creative life!  This week's episode is titled, Step Back!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

Comment by email:
Thanks so much Bill and hope all is well! Aaron [Aaron P. Dworkin]

John Malveaux: USAToday.com: Ballerina Misty Copeland shares lessons learned over many years

'Ballerina Body' by Misty Copeland 
(Photo: handout)

Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland, and her legendary calves. 
(Photo: Henry Leutwyler)

John Malveaux of 
writes:

Ballerina Misty Copeland shares lessons learned over many years

USA Today

March 21, 2017

Few people have as much experience with that mental battle as Copeland, 34, the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She broke the mold of lithe, white ballerinas, though it wasn't easy. It took years to find a combination of exercises, types of food and mental preparation that left her feeling her best self.
"But when I did, not only did I feel fitter, not only was my body sleeker and more powerful, but I also had come to a realization that was more important than any other — I came to understand, to accept, that all along my body had been perfect for me."

Stretch whenever possible

Copeland drives home the point that exercise doesn't have to be done exclusively at the gym — it's important to move all day long. One easy stretch she explains is a head, neck and shoulder roll.
Start by holding your head high, tilt it forward as far as it'll comfortably go, then return to center. Repeat by dropping your head back, then return to center.

Dance on the floor

While recovering from stress fractures in her tibia, Copeland kept up her training by replicating the warmups ballet dancers complete at the barre while lying on the ground. It's a surprisingly challenging routine that, after one workout, will leave your hip flexers and calves sore but feeling longer. One of the most dramatic segments is the plié, or bending, combination.
While on your back, arms pressing against the floor, hold legs in first positions in the air, making an L-shape with your body and legs. Bend your knees until feet are on the floor, then stretch the lower legs back up, with toes pointed. Repeat (with a tight core!) and you'll feel instant results.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rebeca Omordia and Razvan Suma Complete Piano and Cello UK Tour at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 1 PM Monday, March 20, 2017


Rebeca Omordia
 

Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia and cellist Razvan Suma finish their UK Tour of Sonatas for cello and piano by John Ireland and George Enescu at the renowned venue of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London at 1 PM Monday, March 20, 2017.