Friday, August 18, 2017

Sergio A. Mims: Times of London: Sheku Kanneh-Mason: meet classical music’s 18‑year‑old superstar

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his parents, Stuart and Kadie

Times of London

The cellist has never even been to the Proms. Now he’s their next star soloist
Neil Fisher

It’s an anxious time for many 18-year-olds. But yesterday Sheku Kanneh-Mason didn’t need to worry about his music, maths and physics A-level grades. He did get an A* in music, but he already had an unconditional place at the Royal Academy of Music in London and he has a ticket to the Proms at the end of the month. It’s no post-exams summer treat, however, because the gifted cellist will be the star soloist. Freshers week preparations will have to wait.
Kanneh-Mason — surely destined to be known simply as “Sheku” — has never even been to the BBC Proms as an audience member (“which is really bad, I guess,” he says, sheepishly) so the Nottingham-raised musician doesn’t know what to expect. “But I’ve watched a lot of them on TV and I’ve been told the atmosphere is incredible.” Chances are, however, that it’s going to be a particularly wild night, as he will also be the poster boy for Chineke!, the UK’s first BME (black and minority ethnic) orchestra, which is also making its Proms debut in the late-night event on August 30.
The Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sinfo-Nia: Saturday September 9, 9 AM - Noon, 1st Congregational Church Commons, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta, Georgia

Don't Miss Out!
Gearing up for
2018 Jamaica Summer Performance Tour

Student musicians ages 3 - 18 years and college students are invited to join Sinfo-Nia Orchestra's Award Winning Music Program for the 2017-18 School Year Session.  Bring your instrument and sit-in on a class during our 29th Annual Open House on Saturday, September 9, 9:00 AM - Noon at First Congregational Church Commons, 125 Ellis Street NE, downtown Atlanta, GA 30303.  The first 15 new students will receive souvenirs from Sinfo-Nia's 2017 Performance Tour to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica.  |   | 404.328.0840

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Hi Bill,
Thanks for sharing!  Best,  ~Alycia Robinson  Sinfo-Nia Orchestra

Jack Perlstein's Interview with William Zick airs on WMUK at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (18:56)

William Zick, webmaster of

Jack Perlstein writes:

Hi, Bill.
Here is the link to a portion of our conversation. It airs on WMUK at 12:07pm today.
Thank you!


Jack Perlstein Productions

Comment by email:
This is great! And long overdue.  Sergio [Sergio A. Mims]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

John Malveaux: Fanny Eaton, Jamaican mulatto model, was for a time at the heart of London's Victorian art world

The Mother of Moses (1860)Simeon Solomon

Mrs. Fanny Eaton (c. 1859)
Walter Fryer Stocks

John Malveaux of 
Fanny Eaton, Jamaican mulatto model (thick kinky hair), was for a time at the heart of London's Victorian art world. See The Mother of Moses (1860; oil on canvas) by Simeon Solomon and portrait of Mrs Fanny Eaton (c. 1859; chalk on paper) by Walter Fryer Stocks.

John Malveaux: Part 25-LBCAA 30 year history

John Malveaux of 

Part 25-LBCAA 30 year history

The 25 part-Long Beach Central Area Association 30 year history was not a board project but solely written by current president, John Malveaux. LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD board members such as myself, who double as staff are volunteers, without remuneration.. LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD does not have rented office space or overhead expenses. LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD has never contracted public relations services. However, former reporter. Greg Mellen, of the Press Telegram connected with the our vision and frequently wrote about our events between 2008 and 2013.  After the Press Telegram was sold, and Greg Mellen terminated, none of our events have been covered in a published PT story. We are very grateful for the print coverage provided by Greg Mellen that documented many important events.

William J. Zick is a retired Administrative Law Judge for the Michigan Employment Security Commission and a former Training Officer for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He founded the website and blog.  Mr. Zick's website and blog have been invaluable to the work of LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD during my presidency.

Former Long Beach City Council Sixth district representative, California State Assembly member and US Congress member Laura Richardson invited me, as president of LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD, on a trip to Washington DC with art students. The experience expanded the LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD vision and aspirations. During Laura Richardson tenure as 6th district representative LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD produced the highest level MLK Jr parades & celebrations in the history of the City with community volunteers. Currently, community volunteers have been replaced with contracted services.

Hattie Johnson is a deceased vice president & treasurer of LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD under my tenure and a member long before my presidency. Luther Evans is a deceased member and former confidant whose membership and financial support goes back to the founding of LBCAA. Both deceased members are continuous inspirations and a source of energy.

John Malveaux and the LBCAA/MusicUNTOLD board of directors humbly thank Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Fourth District, for 30 year Certificate of Recognition.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Afro-British Composer, Conductor and Professor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was born August 15

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, profiled at, was born on August 15, 1875 in the London suburb of Croydon, England. His mother was an Englishwoman and his father was an African physician who returned to his home country of Sierra Leone when he found patients in England would not come to him for treatment. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a leading Pan-Africanist who collaborated extensively with the African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Coleridge-Taylor rose to prominence in 1898, the year he turned 23, on the strength of two works. The first was Ballade in A Minor. Next came Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, for which he is best known. It is a setting of verses from Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He conducted its premier to great acclaim. The work was staged hundreds of times in the United Kingdom and North America during the next 15 years.
The composer made three hugely successful tours of North America, in 1904, 1906 and 1910. Britain had no system of royalties, so Coleridge-Taylor was paid only once for each composition, no matter how successful it became. He held multiple teaching and conducting positions in an effort to support his family. This led to exhaustion which worsened the pneumonia from which he died on Sept. 1, 1912, at age 37.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation Website,

John Malveaux: Part 24-LBCAA 30 year history

John Malveaux of 

Part 24-LBCAA 30 year history
Californians voted in a 1911 special election to give women the right to vote. It took another nine years for all women to gain equal voting rights when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1920. On October 30, 2016, MusicUNTOLD partnered with Long Beach League of Women Voters to present an education and arts celebration titled WOMEN RIGHT TO VOTE at City of Long Beach Recreation Park historic band shell (outdoor). The celebration was a reminder that the FIRST FOUNDING was imperfect but the amendment process has granted additional diversity and inclusion since September 17, 1778. See billboard/attachment and video clip