Friday, January 20, 2017

Feb. 9 at 7 pm, Melissa Harris-Perry will open SphinxConnect at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. Dr. Harris-Perry will interview Aaron P. Dworkin on Sphinx

On February 9 at 7 pm, Melissa Harris-Perry will
open SphinxConnect, the epicenter for artists and
leaders in diversity, at the Westin Book Cadillac in

Dr. Harris-Perry will interview Aaron P. Dworkin 
on the genesis of the Sphinx Organization and the
future of diversity in the arts.

Don't miss this riveting conversation - register
now for SphinxConnect!

Melissa Harris-Perry

Aaron P. Dworkin

AACI Tickets on sale for 2017 Eastside Benefit Concert 3 PM January 28 and 29 - going fast; African American Music Theme is "Let the Knowing Speak"

Download the video of You Can Tell The World, by Margaret Bonds, as performed by Yolanda Rhodes and LaDoris Cordell in 2014, or click here to watch on YouTube.

The AACI Company

Tickets on sale for January 28 and 29 - going fast
January is here! We musicians of AACI and our guest artists are so looking forward to sharing our 2017 Benefit Concert program with you, our wonderful audience! The two performances are on Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29 at 3 pm. As seating is limited, we encourage you to purchase your tickets soon as they are selling fast.  All tickets must be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets. To purchase tickets, Click Here
Our theme for this concert is “Let the Knowing Speak.” We draw from a wide range of music born of African American history and experience, expressed in spirituals, jazz, blues, opera, song, and instrumental music. Returning to the Eastside stage to perform with our AACI musicians are our beloved guest artists Valerie Capers and John Robinson. 
Here’s the link to more information about our 2017 concert on the AACI website:

We hope you will join us as we bring you the wonderful music of African American Composers.
With best wishes,
LaDoris Cordell, Jodi Gandolfi, Deanne Tucker and all the musicians of AACI

For more information on the African American 
Composer Initiative, please visit:

John Malveaux: I initiated an effort to bring Soviet conductor Gennady N. Rozhdestvensky to the U.S. to conduct a symphony by late American Roy Harris

Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky

John Malveaux of 

In years past, as a promoter with interest in international cultural relations, I initiated an effort to bring Soviet Union conductor Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky to the United States to conduct a symphony by deceased American composer Roy Harris. Roy Harris was a member of the first cultural exchange with the Soviet Union and a friend of Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky. After meeting with the Soviet Embassy in Washington, I gained their support on the condition that the United States government provided protection for Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky while in the United States. However, after several meeting with our State Department in the Capitol, the State Department declined to provide the protection in the absence of a cultural exchange treaty. The project was abandoned. A cultural exchange treaty exists today with Russia.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3rd Annual Hat Luncheon: A Benefit for the Ritz Chamber Players, Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club, Sat. April 1, 2017, 11:30 AM

Canadian Classical Radio Host Tom Quick Streams Black History Month Program, From 10 PM to Midnight EST, Sun. Feb. 12, 2017 at

George Walker (b. 1922)

Fela Sowande (1905-1987)

Latonia Moore


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. 217, the Black History Month program for Sunday, February 12, 2017:

FM 101.1

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Chicago Sinfonietta:                       Lyric for Strings.  George Walker.   5.20
Conductor. Paul Freeman.            African Suite.       Fela Sowande.     10.00
                                                           Essay for Orchestra. William Banfield.  10.35


Latonia Moore:  Soprano              The Ordering of Moses.     R. Nathaniel Dett.    49.00
Ronnita Nicole Miller:  M/Sop:
Roderick Dixon:  Tenor.
Donnie Ray Albert:  Bass
May Festival Chorus.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor. James Colon.

Alan Hobbins:  Piano.                         Prelude in C# minor, Op.3 No.2        Rachmaninov.    4.10 Can/Con
Alan Hobbins: Piano.                          Prelude in G# minor, Op.32 No.12       “              “         3.00  Can/Con
Alan Hobbins:  Piano.                         Prelude in B,flat major Op.23 No.2       “              “        3.40 Can/Con

Lawrence Brown:  Tenor                   So Where, then is the Contest.  “Semiramide”  Rossini. 7.45
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra:  Support my Plan   “The Turk in Italy”  Rossini  6.20
Conductor. Constantine Orbelian.

Alan Hobbins:  Piano                          Etude-Tableau in G minor, Op.33 No.3.  Rachmaninov.  4.00
Alan Hobbins:  Piano.                         Etude-Tableau in D major. Op.39 No.9   Rachmaninov.  3.47

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Bids Farewell to President Barack H. Obama, A Strong Leader at Home and Abroad

President Barack Obama

January 18, 2017
[Alexandria, VA] The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) joins the nation and the world in bidding farewell to the 44th U.S. President, Barack H. Obama II. Mr. Obama's election and two terms were historic and has had an indelible impact on the nation. It has been our honor and pleasure to serve this commander in chief and his administration. We applaud the many achievements in the areas of the economy, healthcare, marriage equality, education, the environment, criminal justice, and foreign policy. More importantly we acknowledge the strong leadership exhibited by President Obama at home and abroad.

NOBLE's partnership with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and various White House officials has been instrumental in delivering community outreach services to thousands of citizens in the form of community policing, youth and adult law enforcement education, grass roots empowerment, and conflict resolution. We are grateful for the administration's partnership throughout the past eight years.
We all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family just like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own. President Barack H. Obama II
As we prepare for a peaceful transition of power to the 45th U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, we encourage and recommend the following priorities related to the criminal justice system and law enforcement:
A fair and just criminal justice system is the bedrock of a democratic society.  NOBLE is committed to dedicating the next four years and beyond to achieving and sustaining the equitable administration of justice in every neighborhood in America.
About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit

SOMM Recordings: Mark Bebbington & Rebeca Omordia will perform pieces from The Complete Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Schotts Music London 17 Feb.

Out on the 27th January

Mark Bebbington returns to the English fare for which he is best-known, with the Complete Vaughan Williams Piano Music. This SOMM release contains world premiere recordings, notably the Introduction and Fugue. In this work, and in the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, both written for two-pianos, Bebbington is joined by the gifted young pianist Rebeca Omordia.

CD Launch Event 

Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia will be performing pieces from The Complete Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams at Schotts Music London in February. Tickets available from the Vaughan Williams Society.

17 FEBRUARY 2017
Recital Room, Schott Music Shop,
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

CD launch, featuring live performances of:
Introduction and Fugue
The Lake in the Mountains
Hymn Tune Prelude on ‘Song 13’ by Orlando Gibbons

By Rebeca Omordia (@RebecaOmordia)

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Thank you very much for helping to promote our CD!  Regards, Rebeca [Rebeca Omordia] 

Sergio A. Mims: Wayne Marshall Organ concert of Lizst, Dupre, Widor and Messiaen at Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg Mon. Jan. 23, 8 PM

Wayne Marshall

Sergio A. Mims forwards this link:


Wayne Marshall

23.01.2017 20:00, Grand Auditorium

Wayne Marshall, orgue

Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie N° 3: 3. Marcia
Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie N° 5
Franz Liszt: Präludium und Fuge über den Namen BACH S 260/2 (zweite Fassung / deuxième version)
Marcel Dupré: Variations sur un Noël op. 20
Marcel Dupré: Prélude et fugue op. 7/3
Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (Die Geburt des Herrn): N° 9: Dieu parmi nous (Gott unter uns)

Wayne Marshall helped inaugurate the Philharmonie de Paris organ. In Luxembourg, the multitalented virtuoso – who will conduct the OPL alongside Dianne Reeves a few months later – presents a performance in his own inimitable style, combining repertoire with improvisation.
Kulturpass, bienvenue!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One World Symphony: DEFIANT Sun. 1.22.17 8 PM, Works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Margaret Allison Bonds & Valerie Capers; Maestro Sung Jin Hong

Comment by email:
Thank you so much Bill! Your support is always greatly appreciated. 

Jenna Douglas of Canada’s Schmopera wrote a preview and included Sonya Headlam:


Sonya Headlam, soprano, performing in Margaret Allison Bonds' The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Sung Jin Hong's Shaken Me To My Core, with the One World Symphony. Photo: Iconography By Eric & Christopher.

On January 22 New York City's "hippest orchestra," the One World Symphony, presents a fascinating - and important - concert programme, titled Defiant.
Conductor, composer, and founder of One World Symphony, Sung Jin Hong has brought into one evening the old and the new, exposing what truly is timeless about a society which names and challenges unhealthy leadership. The programme includes Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Margaret Allison Bonds' The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1942) featuring soprano Sonya Headlam, and two world premieres composed by Sung Jin Hong himself. His symphonic adaptation of Charlie Chaplin's famed speech from 1940's The Great Dictator certainly resonates with our lives in 2017; also debuting is his Shaken Me To My Core, a musical setting of Michelle Obama's 2016 address condemning the harassment and abuse of women.

Oakland Symphony Presents: Notes from Native America at The Paramount Friday, February 24, 2017 [Jerod Tate & John Christopher Wineglass, Composers]

February’s “Notes from Native America” concert is our exploration of the music associated with Native Americans, something we as a Nation should be doing more of. Audiences will experience the rich cultural heritage of the hundreds of tribes and peoples that make up this community. This concert will be a chance to learn more about the first people to inhabit our country. There will be spoken word, dance and native instruments in what should be a colorful and spiritual concert experience.



Lowak Shoppala’ – Fire and Light

Vincent Medina, narrator
Members of Oakland Symphony Chorus

Feather Dances 
Su-Nu-Nu-Shinal Traditional dancers from
Kashia Stewarts Point Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Emiliano Campobello, native flute
Marcie Chapa, world percussionist
Jayson Fann, world percussionist
Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American singer 
from the Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash Tribes

Lowak Shoppala’ – Fire and Light


Vincent Medina, narrator
Members of Oakland Symphony Chorus