Monday, April 24, 2017

Sergio A. Mims: Lawrence Brownlee will be singing the lead role of Arturo in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Bellini's I Puritani in February, 2018

I Puritani

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Lawrence Brownlee will be singing the lead role of Arturo in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Bellini's I Puritani in February, 2018


Sergio

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: Don't Take the Path! (YouTube: 4:21)


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, Don't Take the Path!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

John Malveaux: Attended April 22, 2017, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Art Theater, Long Beach, Ca. Musica Angelica is a period instrument orchestra.



John Malveaux and Heesun Choi

John Malveaux of
writes:

Attended April 22, 2017, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Art Theater, Long Beach, Ca program of Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli. Musica Angelica is a period instrument orchestra. See pic before concert with Heesun Choi Violin 1. MusicUNTOLD has premiered two art songs by Joopoong Kim, Seoul, Korea.

John Malveaux: April 22, 2017 VISIONS of HOPE (Helping Others Progress Everyday) is an award program spotlighting Scholarship Recipients - Tatiana Tate



John Malveaux and Tatiana Tate

John Malveaux of 
writes:

April 22, 2017 VISIONS of HOPE (Helping Others Progress Everyday) is an award program spotlighting Scholarship Recipients and Community Trailblazers that are making a difference within the community. Blessed to sit at table with scholarship winners and their parents. Tatiana Tate maintains a 4.0 GPA at Poly High School while playing trumpet in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Winds and Marching Band along with a wide variety of community and school activities. She has been recognized as an outstanding soloist in multiple jazz festivals. Her dream is to become a music composer. UCLA School of Music has offered her a scholarship.

Sergio A. Mims: New York Times: She Was the Orchestra’s Only Black Musician, Until She Formed Her Own

The New York Times: Wayne Marshall conducting the Chineke ensemble during its debut performance in London in September 2015.

Chi-chi Nwanoku


For Chi-chi Nwanoku, coming up with the right name for her new minority orchestra was a stressful experience.
Though Ms. Nwanoku had quickly formed a board of directors and had already selected most of her players — 62 musicians representing 31 different nationalities — she was constantly reminded that it would be hard to promote their first concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Center here in September 2015 or to even set up a website without a name.
She knew she did not want it to be the Such-and-Such Philharmonic or the Something Symphony, and the recent trend for orchestras to take Latin or Greek names also did not inspire her. But the night before one of her board meetings, the name came to Ms. Nwanoku, a double bass player who grew up in Britain, where she was classically trained.
“I literally sat bolt upright in my bed at 4 a.m. and I just shouted ‘Chineke!’ ” she said, referring to a word from the Nigerian Igbo tribe, which was her father’s clan. “In Chinua Achebe’s book ‘Things Fall Apart,’ you see the word ‘Chineke’ every now and then, with people exclaiming it when something amazing happens. It means ‘wonderful’ or ‘wow.’ ”
The next day, when the board members asked her the inevitable question about a name, Ms. Nwanoku told them and explained the meaning behind it. The board loved the idea.
“My dad would be smiling that this Igbo word is being said by everybody,” said Ms. Nwanoku, who has Irish ancestry on her maternal side. “And it means something so positive.”
Since that first concert, the Chineke! Foundation — which includes both Europe’s first professional orchestra made up entirely of minority musicians from across Britain and Europe, and also a junior orchestra — has had a strong impact not only on the musicians involved, but also on the audiences.
The first concert in 2015 during the Africa Utopia festival sold out, and fans lined up outside the concert hall hoping to get in. The performance last year, held at the Southbank’s larger Royal Festival Hall, which seats over 2,000, was also hugely popular.
This year the orchestra has a number of performances, including a concert this past Sunday, St. George’s Day, at St. George’s Bristol, a former church turned concert space. In May, some members who have performed with the Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit based in Detroit that is dedicated to the development of black and Latino classical musicians, will appear in a musical showcase in the Netherlands.
“Chi-chi is a force of nature, and what she has been able to do in a short period of time, it has been fantastic,” said Afa S. Dworkin, the president and artistic director of Sphinx. “The response has been undeniably positive throughout the musical community.”
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pianist Rebeca Omordia and Cellist Joseph Spooner perform Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Alton College, U.K. including John Ireland's Cello Sonata in G minor

Rebeca Omordia

Rebeca Omordia announces on her website:

Festival of Contemporary Music - Martin Read Foundation

  • Alton College
Recital with cellist Joseph Spooner
  
Programme to include John Ireland's Cello Sonata in G minor

Marlon Daniel conducts Bahamas National Orchestra Sunday, April 23, 2017, 5 PM, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk, Nassau, The Bahamas [Hear Violinist on YouTube]

BAHAMAS NATIONAL ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP

End of Workshop Concert | St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk
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Marlon Daniel, Conductor

Yanet Secades, Violin



Edward ELGAR (1857 – 1934)

Serenade in E Minor, Op. 20

   I. Allegro piacevole

   II. Larghetto

   III. Allegretto



Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 – 1958)

The Lark Ascending



INTERMISSION



Jean SIBELIUS (1865 – 1957)

Valse triste, Op. 44



Samuel BARBER (1910 – 1981)

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11



Ástor PIAZZOLLA (1921 – 1992)

Two Tangos 

   I. Oblivion
   II. Libertango 

[YouTube video of violin soloist Yanet Secades:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0AlaWt4AxE

NOBLE Region I Training Conference: Bridging The Gap Between The Community And The Police, April 27-29, 2017, Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel


Schomburg Center & Harlem Chamber Players: "A Hug for Harlem," An Evening of Music by African-American Composers, Still, Perkinson & Scott, 6:30 PM April 27


HBCU Weekend Friday-Saturday, June 23-24, 2017: Happy Hour Friday Night, Strive For Five 5K Run/2K Walk Saturday



Friday, April 21, 2017

John Malveaux: Misty Copeland Discusses New Book, "Ballerina Body," on C-Span



John Malveaux of 
writes:


[Misty Copeland is interviewed by Jeff Ballou of the National Press Club on C-Span 3]