Monday, January 22, 2018

Sphinx Organization Announces New Board Leadership and Welcomes New Board Member

Sphinx is excited to announce a new Executive Committee:
Tynnetta McIntosh, Board Chair
Mary Beth Halprin, Board Vice Chair
Deidre Lambert-Bounds, Treasurer
Anthony Glover, Secretary

Terry Woodard

We are also honored to welcome Terry Woodard, Managing Director and Senior Banker of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, to the Board of Directors.

He has chaired the Private Bank's Diversity Council, has captained the Morehouse and Spelman Recruiting Team, and is a member of the organization's Executive Leadership Council.

Sergio Mims: Marin Alsop will conduct musicians from Chineke! Juniors & National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Bernstein's MASS April 6 & 7 in London

Leonard Bernstein
(Southbank Centre)

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Just been announced that internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop will conduct young musicians from Chineke! Juniors and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, in a performance of Bernstein’s MASS April 6th and 7th at the  Southbank Centre, London.

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: 5 Habits of Highly Disruptive People: No Talk! (3:44)

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, 5 Habits of Highly Disruptive People: No Talk!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

Comment by email:
Fantastic… Thanks so much! Aaron  [Aaron P. Dworkin]

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Eric Conway: Morgan State’s Shirley Dunlap directs the play "Red Velvet" about Ira Aldridge, one of the most notable African-American thespian pioneers

Eric Conway writes:

Hello all,

Morgan State’s Theatre Arts Coordinator Shirley Basfield Dunlap will direct the play Red Velvet, the story about the life of Ira Aldridge, one of the most notable African-American thespian pioneers.  The play will be presented at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at 7 Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 with performances on weekends throughout the month of February - see link to scheduled performances below:

If you are at all able to attend, I believe that you will enjoy this play, met with critical acclaim already in the cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and London.  

Congratulations Shirley on showing the world the artistic talent that we have on faculty at Morgan State University.


Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kelly Hall-Tompkins: I am delighted to invite you to attend the Release Event for my new Fiddler solo CD, entitled "The Fiddler Expanding Tradition," at Tribeca Rooftop

John Malveaux: Kathryn Bostic's new composition The August Wilson Symphony will premiere January 20, 2018 with the Pittsburgh Symphony

John Malveaux of 

Composer Kathryn Bostic's new composition The August Wilson Symphony will premiere January 20, 2018 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Tony-award winning actress Phylicia Rashad will be guest narrator. Kathryn Bostic is also a singer, songwriter and will sing during the world premiere. See/hear Kathryn Bostic interview

John Malveaux: Please listen to an evening with Terrance McKnight of WQXR fm New York

Terrance McKnight

John Malveaux of 

In September of 1961, I entered University of Oregon as a freshman on a track scholarship. One afternoon, i noticed a white athlete in the locker room staring at me. Without indicating i was aware, i moved to another location in the room and became aware he was following me. I abruptly stopped. swung around, cocked my right hand and confronted him with the obvious question. The young white freshman apologetically responded in a sincere tone, that he had never seen an African American up close. I felt his honesty and dismissed my malice and we became friends.

I suspect many in the Los Angeles metropolitan market have never seen, heard or even imagined an African American hosting a program on KUSC classical radio 91.5 fm. Please listen to an evening with Terrance McKnight of WQXR fm New York Yes We Can.

John Malveaux

John Malveaux: Please see recent interview of Janai [Brugger] in connection with Chicago performance

Janai Brugger
(Dario Acosta)

John Malveaux of 

Soprano Janai Brugger was born in Chicago. She grabbed my attention around 2012, after  she relocated to Los Angeles as a participant in the Thornton-Domingo Young Artist Program of LA Opera. More recently, I have seen Janai sing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Opera. LA Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic made a strategic investment in diversity and a young first class state of the arts soprano now climbing the international staircase. As best I know, the investment by LA Phil and LA Opera has been ignored without collaborative consideration to diversity or a unique talent by KUSC Classical Radio. Please see recent interview of Janai in connection with Chicago performance. Janai still live in Los Angels/Santa Monica area 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bryant Young Performs "Unsounded Melodies - A Recital of Music by African American Composers" 12:15 Feb. 16, Harold Washington Library, Chicago

Bryant Young writes:

Good morning Mr. Zick,
My name is Bryant Young and I am a lyric baritone and concert artist who performs throughout the Chicagoland area.

On Friday, February 16, 2018; I will be performing “Unsounded Melodies- A Recital Of Classical Music by African American Composers”- in celebration of Black History Month.  I have prepared art songs by such icons as Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, and Florence Price. Attached find a link to the Facebook event page, as well as a flyer): Performance series at UMMA [University of Michigan Museum of Art] celebrating black classical musicians coming Jan. 26

Click On Detroit/ All About Ann Arbor

The narrated concert is collaboration of U-M schools, museum

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer    

ANN ARBOR - As part of the University of Michigan's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, "Out of the Silence" celebrates the lives of African-American musicians at the turn of the 20th century.

SMTD@UMMA Performance Series: "Out of Silence"
When: Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: UMMA Museum Apse
Free and open to the public
First come, first served seating

The performance is presented as part of the SMTD@UMMA Performance Series, which annually puts on 6-8 one-of-a-kind performances that connect with the collections, spaces and exhibitions of UMMA and showcases the talent of faculty, students and staff at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Blending live performances and spoken narrative, the evening will explore the spirit and history of seldom-heard African-American classical music by composers Florence Price, Harry T. Burleigh, William Grant Still, Harry Freeman, Margaret Bonds and others.