Sunday, June 30, 2013
Unique Classical Music Festival Featuring Musicians of African Descent Celebrates 20 Years, August 14-18, 2013 in Rochester, New York
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers sings excerpts from 'Flyting: a Concert Suite' by Matthew Rooke on SoundCloud
Composer Matthew Rooke sends a SoundCloud sample of soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers performing three pieces from Flyting: a Concert Suite with a total time of 13:12, (01) Mungo's Journey, (02) At Boussa Falls, (03) Flyting segue into The Waterfall:
Flyting: a Concert Suite by Matthew RookeDear William given your interest in Africans in classical music, I thought you might be interested in hearing something from Scotland.This work also features the fine black soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers alongside distinguished Scottish Bass, Donald Maxwell.With best wishes, Matthew RookeShared from the SoundCloud iOS app. Get it for free here: http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/soundcloud/id336353151?mt=8
Comments by email:
Here's more about her: http://www.gwenethannjeffers.com/ Sergio [Sergio A. Mims]
Dear Bill thank you so much for this listing - I think you are doing a fantastic job showing that people of African descent have been part of the history of westernclassical music for hundreds of years. Gwen is represented by her agent, Steven Swales...With best wishes, Matthew Rooke
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Hale Smith Remembered as Influential Composer of Classical Music and Jazz on Anniversary of Birth June 29, 1925
is profiled atAfriClassical.com
, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com
. Four years after the passing of composer Hale Smith, references to his career continue to appear frequently in music media. What follows is a sampling from AfriClassical posts of the past year:
October 17, 2012: Soprano Icy Simpson and Pianist Artina McCain Record Spirituals and Art Songs on CD 'I, too' on Longhorn Music Label The disc included Hale Smith's arrangement of Amazing Grace.
February 5, 2013: News12LongIsland: 'Freeport composer Hale Smith's inspiration lives on'
February 11, 2013: 'ANTHOLOGY: The Black Composers Series' by Dominique-René de Lerma The post discussed Hale Smith's Ritual and Incantations (14:59), which is on the disc pictured above.
Comments by email:
Thank you so much for the remembrance. Juanita [Juanita Smith]
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Friday, June 28, 2013
MyJoyOnline.com: 'Nyaho set to serenade piano lovers in two nights' in Ghana, 7 PM June 30 and July 1, 2013
is featured at AfriClassical.com.
His performance website is http://www.nyaho.com/
and he has a Facebook Page.
|Nyaho set to serenade piano lovers in two nights|
|From: Ghana Published On: June 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT|
A sensational world-renowned pianist, William Chapman Nyaho, is set to serenade lovers of jazzy and piano music in a rollicking concert dubbed “An evening with Nyaho.”
The concert which is in collaboration with ChorkorHeights and Old Achimotan Association is scheduled to take place at Sweetie’s Lounge in Airport Hills off Flower Pot junction, Spintex Road on Sunday June 30, 2013 and Monday July 1, 2013.
Chapman, a Ghanaian American resident in Seatle, USA, is ready to serve his Ghanaian audience and fans with his repertoire of solid, soothing, sumptuous, selection of music.
Nyaho’s recitals will feature music primarily by composers of African descent including those from European composers.
He will also perform music by West African composers such as Joshua Uzoigwe and Fred Onovwerosuoke using indigenous musical practices and melding it with the western cultural musical practices.
Chapman will also serve patrons with composition from the Caribbean, such as Oswald Russell, and African American composers such as Florence Price.
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PPulse.com: Harpist Faye Seeman performs William Grant Still’s 'Ennanga' in Birch Creek, Wisconsin June 28 and 29, 2013
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Renee' Baker Among Honorees at 16th Annual Black Music Month Breakfast of Vivian G. Harsh Society, 9 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013
Upcoming Events for the Vivian G. Harsh Society
The 16th Annual Black Music Month Breakfast
Excellence in Music and Community Service
Theme: "Music: A Pathway to Civility"
Saturday, June 29, 2013
9:00 – 11:30 am
Doors open at 8:30am
Apostolic Church of God Banquet Hall
6320 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL
William James, Jr., Musician & Actor
Selena Williams, Musician & Visual Artist
Silas Woods, Chicago Police Officer
Arcilla Stahl, Retired Administrator
Keynote Speaker: Renee Baker
Master of Ceremonies: Clifford Kelley
For more information, please call the Society: 312-544-9188 or email VGHS
Musical Conductor and Artistic Director of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Abyssinian Development Corporation Provides Photo of Harry Belafonte and Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III from Harlem Renaissance Day, June 19, 2013
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Composer George Walker Celebrates 91st Birthday With 'Our American Roots: Gershwin, Barber, Walker, Copland' from Delos
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sphinx Organization: Starting Thursday, June 27, go to Power2Give to learn more about our project "Inspire a Child through Music"
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Flutronix: 'We wrapped up the school year by working with the 1st grade students at Teacher's College Community School in Harlem.'
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Harry Belafonte Among Recipients of Abyssinian Development Corporation Renaissance Awards June 19, 2013, Harlem Renaissance Day
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
KIT Records Interview on 'Emahoy Sheet Music Project' Links to Audio of 'Mother's Love' (3:38); Mary Sutton Provides Link to Her Kickstarter Project
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Harlem Opera Theater Presents 2013 Vocal Competition 4 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Miller Theatre, Columbia University
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[Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured at AfriClassical.com]
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Tadias.com: 'Emahoy Sheet Music Project Launched'; Ethiopian Nun, Born in 1923, is Pianist and Composer
I am happy to announce that I am working with composer Emahoy Tsegue Maryam Guebrou to begin archiving and publishing her complete sheet music, as reported at Tadias magazine.
I hope to connect with others who are interested in this great composer!
Project Email: Etmgproject@gmail.com
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Well, we have come to the last day of our Australian tour, a travel day back to the good old U. S. of A. The plan was to leave at 7:30 PM, however two choir members were still in the bed at 7:30. This delayed us about 25 minutes, which was not a great start to the day. We had a similar group check in that we had going to Melbourne, however, the check-in was based on a strict schedule. We barely made it. Every bag made it safely on board. To put into perspective, we had a group of 35 arrive for an international flight under one hour before departure. Whew! We could have still been in Melbourne, Australia, however, I believe that this was the good favor that we have had during every step of this journey. We said our final good-byes to Udo Jungmann who was an exceptional tour guide. When we first saw Udo, we believed that he was an Australian, however, he is from Germany. English was his second language. He spoke English remarkably well, without any German accent, but an assimilated Australian accent. We will miss Udo for his calm resolve and sense of humor. To give you a sense of the timing of our day. Upon departure to Australia on June 10, we lost 14 hours of our lives due to flying against the world time zones. Today, we regained those 14 hours. In other words, today we had ourselves a 38 (24+14)hour day. We left our hotel at 7:30 AM on Friday, which was 5:30 PM Thursday morning Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time. Our flight from Melbourne to Sydney was a short one hour. Our flight from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth was an exhausting15 hours. Our flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to BWI was 3 hours. We arrived in Baltimore at 8:45 PM. All in all, we had over 27 hours of travel time. Fortunately, we travelled on a very fine Qantas airlines. Their service was exceptional. Always enjoying a good gadget, you will notice a photo of an Apple iPad on the back of every chair as the movie and in-flight monitoring system - very cool. If you are wondering if they might walk, there was a sensor on each device that much like a department store, would go off if left the plane, not to mention GPS tracking normally on iPads. I wish that I could say that no one lost any luggage, but alas, it was not until BWI, the last leg of our journey, did a choir member lose any luggage. Qantas fulfilled their contract by delivering the luggage to the Texas airport. However, after reclaiming luggage after international customs declaration, and resubmitting to baggage claim through American airlines, one choir member's luggage did not make it - and it was HOT PINK! I am sure that the airline will deliver tomorrow. It felt so very good to arrive at BWI. We felt a sense of pride as we walked through the airport, glancing at a marketing piece for the university - Experience Morgan State Univeristy: Growing the Future, Leading the World! What a grand tour this has been to Australia! Many who have travelled on other trips with the choir said that this was the best, the best on so many levels. The shadow group who paid to accompany the choir said that they would travel with the choir again, in a heartbeat! The accommodations and included meals were first-rate. The tours taken to major sites were informative and interesting. And most importantly, the choir sang well and made a lasting impression on Australia. Through every concert, there were always several persons in tears. Andrew Wailes, the director of the Melbourne University Choral Society told me that he has never cried as much as he did when he heard our group sing the Battle Hymn! What a strong message we bring to the world when we travel. In the best Fisk Jubilee Singers tradition, Morgan is carrying our message to the world in song. We believe that we are truly Baltimore's, Maryland's and the United States' best Ambassadors. As the Melbourne theme for our joint concert so appropriately proclaimed we "Let the Light Shine!" My only regret on this tour was the fact that I could not take more choir members abroad. This was very expensive, and we could only afford to take a choir of 20 voices. This begs the rhetorical question - how many choir members do you need to make a representative sound. Although many said that the number that I had sounded like 60 voices, the blend would have been better had I not had only 2 persons on a part when we broke into many parts. Additionally, there were so many deserving choir members who would have loved to go, however, it is simply a matter of economics. I tried to balance taking some seniors who have graduated with some newer voices who have never traveled with the choir. Many, as with every tour, are not happy with the fact that they did not make the list. At the end of the day, this is a very difficult decision for me, but I guess this comes with the position. For those of you who are English professors and very literate, please forgive any mistakes in grammar, typos, or lack of clarity. I must confess that there were nights that I did not feel like continuing these reports, but knew that I had to finish what I had started. I knew that there were many vicariously traveling to Australia through these reports - some call it a blog. Finally, see links below to photos and videos of the concerts. All may not be posted until the weekend, but return and you will be able to see and/or download. I have taken over 1000 photos and must decide on what to share. Signing off Alla Aussie ease, Cheerio! Photos link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rb3i1hcotibw6ry/aq9iuCMxZr Videos link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/60ivg3nwcg6nsi3/tF1ws-ykIw
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from Sam Saverance
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Pianist Stewart Goodyear and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in June 13, 2013 Performance of Olivier Messiaen's 'Turangalila Symphony' on YouTube
Stewart Goodyear, Piano∙
Cynthia Millar, Ondes Martenot ∙
Paavo Järvi, Conductor
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Pianist Benjamin Bradham In Free Concert At Steinway Piano Gallery, Paramus, New Jersey, July 12, 2013 at 7 PM
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Dr. Eric Conway on Day 9 in Australia:
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