Wednesday, April 25, 2018

John Malveaux: National Public Radio: Kevin Young Examines All Things 'Brown'

Kevin Young

Kevin Brown

John Malveaux of 
forwards a link to this
NPR story on Kevin Brown:

Kevin Young's everyday poetry examines everything BROWN

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates writes:

Poet Kevin Young's new book is titled Brown. Using everything from elementary school to baseball to R&B music, Young examines race and culture through poems.

Gateways Music Festival Has New Overview Video on YouTube to Capture Spirit and Essence of Festival

Lee Koonce writes:

Hi, Bill. Hope that you are well! Just wanted to share Gateways Music Festival's latest overview video. We think it captures the unique spirit and essence of Gateways and helps to underscore the importance of our efforts. Hope that you enjoy it!
With all best wishes, Lee
Lee Koonce
President & Artistic Director
Gateways Music Festival
in association with
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sergio Mims: Sheku Kanneh-Mason invited to play at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sergio Mims writes:

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been asked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to play at their wedding on May 19th. Prince Harry saw him perform at a charity concert after winning the 2016 BBC Musician of the Year competition.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason Tweets:

I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait!

Sergio Mims: WTTW Chicago Tonight: Chicago Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 15, Makes Symphony Center Debut [Video 8:38]

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Sphinx Competition Finalist Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing will be making her Chicago Symphony Center debut. She was on a local PBS show last night,  Chicago Tonight.

WTTW Chicago Tonight

Ifetayo Ali-Landing is a 15-year-old cello prodigy from Chicago who has won top honors at competitions and performed with the Detroit Symphony. She comes from a musical family – her mother founded the music school where she studies, the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute.

Ali-Landing makes her Chicago professional debut in a pair of concerts with the Chicago Sinfonietta next month – one of which is at Symphony Center.

Carnegie Hall Presents Laureates of the Sphinx Competition Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 PM in Zankel Hall

Carnegie Hall

The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Featuring three of the nation’s leading black and Latino artists—who are also recent winners of the Sphinx Competition—this program includes dynamic solo and chamber works.


Elena Urioste, Violin
Gabriel Cabezas, Cello
Xavier Foley, Bass
Tom Poster, Piano


SCHUMANN Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
MESSIAEN Theme and Variations
BEACH Romance, Op. 23
GLIÈRE Intermezzo and Tarantella, Op. 9
XAVIER FOLEY Cranberry Juice (NY Premiere)
GABRIELLA SMITH Divertimento (World Premiere)
RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor 

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.                       

John Malveaux: UCLA Newsroom: After hearing Duke Ellington, some UCLA students asked if he would play a free concert in Royce Hall

John Malveaux of 
writes of this article from
the UCLA Newsletter:

"After hearing Duke Ellington play at a local club in 1937, some UCLA students asked the band leader if he would play a free concert in Royce Hall. “I’ve been waiting for someone to ask us!” Ellington reportedly answered. On the day of the big concert, Ellington mixed up the venues and drove to USC instead. He eventually did get to UCLA and delighted the crowd for more than four hours. Ellington is immortalized by sculptor Robert Graham outside the Schoenberg Music Building."

On April 22, 2018, I visited Schoenberg Hall to celebrate the music of UCLA professor James Newton. Before the concert, I had some difficulty locating the sculpture due to distance from Schoenberg Hall, its height, and partial obstruction by trees. See pics. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

John Malveaux: “SONGS OF THE SLAVE” will highlight Spring Concert of First UMC of Santa Monica Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

John Malveaux of

Save the Date : May 6, 2018

“SONGS OF THE SLAVE” by Kirke Mechem will highlight the Spring Concert of The First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. The Chancel Choir, with guest singers from The Long Beach Chorale, the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James E. Smith, and organist Ty Woodward, will reprise their world premiere performance of this work from 1994. Originally commissioned by the Santa Monica church, it has since been performed over 100 times, world wide, including a recent performance in Carnegie Hall. Featured soloists will be Wayne Shepperd, bass-baritone, in the role of Frederick Douglass, and Zanaida Robles, soprano.

Kirke Mechem, composer, is often called “the dean of American choral composers.” Frederick Douglass is the central figure in this suite, based on material from Mechem’s opera, John Brown. Douglass, an escaped slave, became the greatest African-American leader of the nineteenth century; he was Brown’s friend for many years.

John Malveaux: Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship seeking African American cellist (23-30)

Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

John Malveaux of 

Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship seeking African American cellist (23-30). See email below from Andrew Shulman

John, great to see you last night.

I wanted to let you know that the South American cellist who was chosen to take part in the ICYOLA/USC/LACO quartet has had to pull out because of a hand injury. We are desperately seeking an African American cellist, 23 to 30, to take his place. Do you know any possible candidates around the country? Please let me know if anyone occurs to you.

All the best,

Andrew Shulman

John Malveaux: Diversity at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Dai Fujikura

Andrew Shulman

Adedeji Ogunfolu

John Malveaux of 

MusicUNTOLD (component of Long Beach Central Area Association) is a community partner of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. MusicUNTOLD advocate for diversity in classical music. LA Chamber orchestra donated tickets to LBCAA for April 21, 2018 LA Chamber Orchestra performance at Alex Theatre in Glendale, Ca. Karina Canellakis was conductor. The program opened with US premiere of 'Secret Forest' by Dai Fujikura. During intermission, I briefly chatted with Dai Fujikura while he was visiting in the donors lounge. See pic 1. After the concert, I went back stage to greet cellist Andrew Shulman. Andrew is also on faculty at USC Thornton School of Music and instructor for Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship (two year intensive training for minority string players). See pic 2. While backstage, I briefly chatted with horn player Adedeji Ogunfolu who was a replacement player. Adedeji was the first African American player I have personally seen perform with LA Chamber Orchestra. See pic 3. I did not have access to Karina Canellakis who has previously conducted the LA Chamber Orchestra although I saw her for the first time.

AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: I Got 5 On It: Sunny Side of the Street! (3:09)

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, I Got 5 On It: Sunny Side of the Street!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!