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!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Community MusicWorks celebrates senior VanNashlee Ya --- violinist, Phase II student, and CMW board member

"CMW is an awesome place that has granted me countless opportunities, helped me to express my identity and make strong connections with the community. Even after I graduate, CMW will always hold a special place in my heart."

Community MusicWorks celebrates senior VanNashlee Ya  --- violinist, Phase II student, and CMW board member ---    as part of a series honoring our graduating students as they prepare for the End-of-Year Student Gala.

 "As a member of Phase II, I have the opportunity to spend time with other teenage students at CMW and engage in thought-provoking discussions about social justice. These experiences have helped me to develop confidence in using my voice and becoming a leader in my community."

"Working with the other students is always special because we get to share our ideas, our love for music, our hopes for bettering the community, and we always have a great time just hanging out."
Join us for our End-of-Year Student Gala where VanNashlee and fellow graduates are featured soloists in an event that includes an all-student performance of this year's song project, "The People United."

Become a Featured Author - Register for the Founders of Black History's Featured Authors' Book Signing Event

Registration Deadline:
July 22, 2018


Expose your title to an interested audience at the 2018 ASALH annual meeting. As a participating author in the Authors' Book Signing Event, your title will be posted to the Featured Authors' Event page on the ASALH website. In addition, it will be listed in the Annual ASALH Convention Souvenir Journal. The souvenir journal is the gateway to more interested parties as attendees share the journal with their colleagues. Additionally, the souvenir journal is posted on the ASALH website. 
Reserve Your Space Now!

Applications Require ALL of the Following
  1. Membership to ASALH (click link to pay online). ASALH Membership is required. If you are not a current member, you must first process your membership and then register as an author. 
  2. Author Processing Fee of $50.00 (click link to pay online).  
  3. Send for approval one(1) autographed copy of the book(s) you intend to sell by July 22, 2018 to Attn: Karen May-Publications Coordinator at the following address:
          301 Rhode Island Avenue. NW, Room  1512
          Washington, DC 20001     
★ To Register Using ASALH Online:

1. You will need to log in to ASALH Online to complete your transaction. Use your primary email address. 

2. Enter your password.
a. If this is your first time logging in, use the   temporary password Woodson1.

b. Click "Forgot Your Password" if you need to reset.
★ To Register by Mail:
Membership dues and Author's Processing Fee can be paid by check, or you can provide the credit card number on the Registration Form.

Event Date: Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Featured Authors Event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, as part of the 103rd Annual ASALH Conference. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Marriott Downtown Hotel. Conference Registration is not a prerequisite to participate in the featured Authors Event.

Our annual meeting is an occasion to share the cultural and historical contributions by people of African descent. Attendees from across the nation and around the world will convene to explore the 2018 National Black History theme: African Americans in Times of War.

With over 200 panels featuring prominent figures in Black cultural studies, as well as scholars and students from all disciplines, the ASALH Conference presents an optimal opportunity for you to present research and current projects, as well as, learn about leading projects in the field of African American History.

Please plan to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Karen May
Publications and Exhibits Coordinator

Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program Deadline – April 29, 2018

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals provides grants through the Classical Commissioning Program to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music.

Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers.

The program supports works scored for 2–10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.  The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Since 1983, only 70 of the 205 commissions made through CMA’s Classical Commissioning program have been composed by women or ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers. The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. (Please read CMA’s Statement of Commitment.) CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with women and ALAANA composers.

Therefore, CMA has created the Composer Equity Project, a database of ALAANA, Women and Gender Non-Conforming composers that is accessible on CMA’s website.  Applicants are encouraged to use this resource and become familiar with potential composers for a commission.

The Classical Commissioning deadline is April 29, 2018.  Applications must be submitted online.

Click here for program information.

Please contact Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary for further information.

Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

NOBLE is assisting the City of Fairburn, Georgia with the search for their next Chief of Police

Dear NOBLE Members & Constituents:
NOBLE is assisting the City of Fairburn, GA with the search for their next Chief of Police.
Qualifications & Experience:
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. A graduate degree is highly preferred.
Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of police department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of municipal police services. A combination of qualified education, experience and training may be acceptable for consideration. Advance training such as the Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Staff & Command or an equivalent advanced program is preferred.
Ten or more years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience, including a minimum of 3 years of management and administrative responsibilities at the rank of Major or higher is required.
Qualified candidates must possess or be able to obtain a valid Georgia driver's license, Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) law enforcement certification, and satisfactorily complete the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Chief Executive Training class as prescribed by law. Candidates must also be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation.
Salary & Benefits:

Salary Range is $83,000 - $105,000 annually, depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. A comprehensive benefits package is also provided.

Application Procedure:
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is assisting with the search process. Interested applicants should visit to complete an online application. Please submit a cover letter, resume, five professional references, and salary history.

Applications are due by 5pm on May 11, 2018.
For more information (click here) or please contact:
City of Fairburn
c/o Linda Johnson, Human Resources Director
770.964-2244 Ext. 114

Saturday, April 21, 2018

League of American Orchestras' Futures Fund Highlights Programs at Smaller and Youth Orchestras [Including Diversity]

Seventeen Orchestras Each Awarded $30,000 Grants, 
Made Possible by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation 
Additional Five Orchestras Each Receive $6,000 Seed Grants to Support Creative Invention

New York, NY (April 19, 2018) – Highlighting the groundswell of innovation occurring at smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras across the country, seventeen orchestras have received $30,000 American Orchestras' Futures Fund grants from the League of American Orchestras, made possible with the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. An additional five orchestras were selected to receive seed grants of $6,000 each. 

"These orchestras are in the forefront of experimentation and visionary problem-solving, and the League is proud to support this work for the benefit of the orchestra field," commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. "I'm grateful to the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation for enabling orchestras to incubate innovative practice, and look forward to the knowledge and research developed around these exciting initiatives."  

"We're energized and encouraged by the momentum of our continued partnership with the League through the American Orchestras' Futures Fund," added Lisa Delan, Director of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. "The initiatives by smaller-budget and youth orchestras in this round of grants represent the range of innovation, impact, and collaboration we envisioned when we approached the League. And I am personally gratified to witness the commitment by these grantees to reach diverse populations within their communities." 

The Futures Fund grantees from across the country are seizing opportunities in the current environment. These include giving life to contemporary repertoire by American composers, developing imaginative concert experiences and cross-cultural artistic programming, increasing diversity and access to music education, connecting with new immigrants and underserved populations, extending reach via digital streaming initiatives, investing in valuable audience development research, and working with multiple populations in rural and urban regions. Descriptions of the initiatives supported through the American Orchestras' Futures Fund can be found here.

The $4.5 million American Orchestras' Future Fund program included a first round of grants for larger-budget orchestras, announced in 2017.
For this second round, smaller-budget and youth orchestras that are based in the U.S. and that are members of the League of American Orchestras were eligible to apply. An independent review panel selected the orchestras based on criteria including significant investments in organizational learning, meaningful partnerships with community organizations, and an ability to assess and adapt practices for continuous innovation.
In addition to recommending seventeen orchestras for the full two-year grant, the panel recognized the creative promise that several orchestras demonstrated and designated an additional award in the form of a seed grant for five orchestras to support their continued organizational work towards the goals outlined.
This round's Futures Fund recipients ($30,000 grants) include:
The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (VA) – expansion of the Music Buddies mentoring program to underserved areas, where school music provision is limited or non-existent.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (MA) – The Boston Modern Orchestra Project's mission is to give life to orchestral classics of the 20th and 21st centuries, largely by American composers, that are often overlooked in the standard repertoire. 
California Symphony – launch of a pilot adult education program called Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed, marketed in English and Spanish, with on-site live Spanish interpretation.
Central Ohio Symphony – support for a program with students at Delaware Hayes High School to include increasing student concert attendance and assessing the relevance of the symphony's programming.
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (IL) – support for the orchestras' Inclusion Audit to ensure that the organization is optimally inclusive and representative of Chicago's diverse community.
Contemporary Youth Orchestra (OH) – support for building cross-sector partnerships using programs in dance, theater, and photography to address socioeconomic barriers to children's equal access to music education.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra (TX) – support for the Tocando After School Music Project's Feeder School Initiative providing high-quality music education, cultural awareness, and performance opportunities to elementary and middle school students.
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) – launch of ACCESS ESYO, an online "pay what you can" ticketing program to meet the needs of an increasingly economically diverse membership.
Evansville Philharmonic (IN) – support for audience development research: qualitative research sessions and repeating a 2017 survey to understand change resulting from newly-instituted promotions and programming.
Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (WI) – support for the In Harmony program for youths and adults with special needs, presenting a music-therapy informed performance at special needs classrooms and adult day centers.
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (NC) – expansion of the OrKIDStra program, a music education series featuring tailored curriculum and site-visits by GSO musicians, to four rural counties, reaching an estimated 2,000 Head Start students.
Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (CA) – support for the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, assisting persons from historically underrepresented communities to succeed in auditions with U.S. orchestras
Lima Symphony (OH) – support for an initiative bringing a series of ensemble performances and discussions with a mental health facilitator to a center for at-risk youth, a mental health treatment facility, and a housing complex for people struggling with addiction.
Lubbock Symphony (TX) – development of a new concert series designed to attract new audiences; LSO will experiment with venues, lighting, staging, electronic amplification, video, narration, and attire to create an engaging atmosphere.
New Bedford Symphony (MA) – support for an assessment of the orchestra's educational programming which will measure the impact of a concept-based arts integrated program and explore issues that arise when assessing education programs.
Project 440 (PA) – support for a creative youth development curriculum that utilizes music as a tool to teach social entrepreneurship, leadership, and service to high school musicians, and provides them with the career and life skills necessary for success, on and off the stage.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (TX) – support for the Rising Star Fellows program, offering comprehensive support and resources to promising young African American, Hispanic, and Native American musicians from around San Antonio communities.
Seed Grant Recipients ($6,000):
Akron Symphony (OH) – support for work with the city's immigrant population —refugees from Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, both adult musicians and high school students in the North High School immigrant orchestra.
InterSchool Orchestras of New York – support for a collaboration with the youth division of Ballet Hispanico to create a diverse, cross-cultural, orchestral and dance work for presentation at a major venue in New York City in spring 2019.
Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra – support for Lab Group, a collaborative composing ensemble; high-school student musicians work with staff facilitators to create new work, an entry point into group music-making.
The Lexington Philharmonic (KY) – support for creating a series of collaborative music programs in non-traditional venues, increasing participation and engagement in music by more diverse communities.
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (OK) – support for an organization-wide review and analysis of the orchestra's strategic plan; TSO is reviewing and analyzing their innovative model of orchestral governance. 
Read the full press release here. 

John Malveaux: Howard University Concert Choir Spring Concert - April 29th at 5 pm - St. Joseph's on Capitol Hill

Dr. Eric O. Poole

John Malveaux of 

MusicUNTOLD received the following concert announcement from Dr. Valerie Eichelberger 

"The Howard University Concert Choir will perform its Spring Concert at historic Saint Joseph’s on Capitol Hill on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The Conductor, Dr. Eric O. Poole, has programmed a broad variety of choral literature which includes works by Palestrina, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mark Fax, Rosephanye Powell, as well as Negro Spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan and others. Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry, Director of Music at St. Joseph's, will accompany the choir on various selections.
The church is located at the corner of 2nd and C Streets, NE, across from the Hart Senate Office Building (Two blocks from Union Station). Parking is available in the U.S. Senate Parking Lot across the street from the church. The performance is free and open to the public."

Kehembe V. Eichelberger,
Music Business Coordinator
Howard University
Department of Music

Midori Samson will perform World Premiere of Godwin Sadoh's "Ola Ilu for Bassoon Solo" at Chicago Symphony Center June 5, 7 PM

Godwin Sadoh

Midori Samson

Ola Ilu for Bassoon Solo
Godwin Sadoh

Godwin Sadoh writes:

Midori Samson will be performing the World Premiere of my Ola Ilu for Bassoon Solo (A work commissioned by her and specially composed for her) at Buntrock Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60604, on June 5, 2018, at 7:00 PM.

Godwin Sadoh.
Professor of Music/LEADS Scholar
National Universities Commission
Abuja, Nigeria.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's 28th Annual Spring Concert, Sunday, April 29, 4 PM, First Congregational Church, Atlanta, GA

Join us for our 28th Annual Spring Concert, hosted by the gracious and beautiful Courtney Buchanan, Miss Black Georgia 2017-18, featuring our Cambridge Academy dancers! Sinfo-Nia will perform posthumous tributes to the Honorable Winnie Mandela and Dennis Edwards of sensational singing group, The Temptations. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors and can be purchased online at​concert-tickets/. Group discounts are available. For more information:,

Please Donate -
Register for Sinfo-Nia's 2018 Summer Orchestra Academy
Early Bird & Family Tuition Discounts available!

John Malveaux: KUSC Radio offers free Rachmaninov download from McGill / McHale Trio's Cedille CD "Portraits"

McGill / McHale Trio
Demarre McGill, flute
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Michael McHale, piano
Cedille CDR 90000 172

John Malveaux of 

KUSC Free Download

ANTHONY McGILL clarinet, and his brother DEMARRE flute, team up with pianist MICHAEL McHALE for an album called "Portraits."
Download or stream Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.

Sergio Mims: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason performing at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sergio A. Mims forwards this release from the Lucerne Summer Music Festival in Switzerland:

Lucerne Festival

Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805)
Sonata for cello and piano in A major, G. 4
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 143
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

A string quartet that for the most part comprises siblings – that happens more often than one might think, as with the Hagen and Schumann Quartets. But the British family Kanneh-Mason may well be entirely unique, for all seven children are musicians and perform together. The most successful of them is the third oldest, who was born in 1999: the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2016, the first musician of color in 38 years. His career has skyrocketed, leading to performances with the BBC Proms, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. “Technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, Kanneh-Mason held the public spellbound,” wrote The Guardian, while The Times has praised his powerful, thrilling playing and his exquisite phrasing. In Lucerne, this rising star will introduce himself, along with his sister Isata at the piano (his senior by three years), in a program of works by Boccherini, Poulenc, and Brahms.

"From The Diary of Sally Hemings," Friday, April 20th, 8 pm Michigan State University's Cook Recital Hall

From the Diary of Sally Hemings

Sandra Seaton writes:

Friday night, April 20th  at 8 pm at Cook Recital Hall, MSU's Colllege of Music will present the solo opera "From The Diary of Sally Hemings,"  my collaboration with composer William Bolcom as a part of the national conference 20th-21st Century Song Cycles. The performance by soprano Joelle Lamarre with pianist Sheryl Lott will be preceded by a pre-conference talk by Music Theory prof. Michael Callahan.

The work recreates the thoughts and feelings of Sally Hemings throughout her long relationship with Thomas Jefferson by means of fictional diary entries. 

For those who can't attend, the performance is also being livestreamed on the the Livestream website at 8 pm:

Visit the event page for updates.

Unfortunately, the livestream will not be archived.

The entire conference, the first of its kind, will run from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22  and is free of charge to the public. .

Here are the links:

NOTE: A select group of additional presentations will also be available to view online through Livestream. 

Hope you can either attend or view the livestream

Warm best wishes,