Thursday, January 18, 2018 New Recording Features First Major Female African-American Composer [Florence B. Price]

Florence B. Price
(University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections)

Florence B. Price is featured at

Recently discovered work of Arkansas native Florence Price has been recorded for the first time by U of A music professor Er-Gene Kahng.

January 18, 2018

A recently discovered violin concerto by Florence Price, an African-American composer and Arkansas native, is available on CD for the first time. Albany Records will release the recording, by Er-Gene Kahng, Feb. 1. Kahng is a violin professor and director of graduate advising in the Music Department of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Kahng will perform Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchesta Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. This performance will be the world premiere of the piece.

Florence B. Price (1887-1953) was born in Little Rock and studied at the New England Conservatory, the Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory. She wrote music throughout her life, producing as many as 300 compositions. Price’s groundbreaking Symphony in E Minor was the first work by a black woman to be performed by a major symphony orchestra in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 1933.

Price lived in a time and place where women, and especially black women, were treated as second-class citizens. She never attained full recognition during her lifetime and, as Kahng said, has been nearly forgotten to history. Yet her enormous compositional output shows that she never stopped writing and producing. Kahng said she hopes that this project will raise awareness about “a remarkable woman who led a life of quiet tenacity and resistance.”

John Malveaux: MusicUNTOLD Suggestis that KUSC Consider Funding a Minority Classical Host Training Program to Help Increase On-Air Diversity in Los Angeles

Violin Concertos, Op. 5, Nos. 1 & 2; Op. 3, No. 1; Op. 8, No. 9
Bernard  Thomas Chamber Orchestra
Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Violin 
Arion 68093 (1990)

John Malveaux of 

Impressive steps to heighten awareness of diversity in classical music are forthcoming in Los Angeles with upcoming concerts by LA Phil to include music of William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, and Billy Childs. Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) recently announced a future campus in Inglewood to facilitate training young musician from underrepresented communities. USC Thornton, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra partnered to create a string ensemble and mentorship for musicians from underrepresented communities.

I commend the mentioned organizations and other organizations for efforts to expand diversity and overcome the subliminal misconception that classical music is the domain of “white men”. Unfortunately, a critical player is not part of the current efforts to change the image of classical music. KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 FM has not moved in step with the LA Phil, LA Chamber, USC Thornton, and others.

I am unaware of a university or college curriculum that teach the history and achievements by composers of African descent from Chevalier de Saint George to current living and working composers.  As best I know, independent study is the only substantive route to learn the extensive history by composers of African descent. If one does the research and become aware of the deep treasure of recordings by composers of African descent, awareness alone is far short of listening to the music for a personal evaluation. In my case, I was forced to research and then invest in recordings to actually hear the music that was not available to me via radio programming, The point is listening to recordings of the music is the critical factor to determine your like or dislike regardless of the ethnicity of the composer.

Diversity support from KUSC on-air programming is fundamental to gird the diversity efforts of LA Phil, LA Chamber and other institutions. Diversity efforts cost money. LA Phil and LA Chamber are raising the money for outstanding diversity programs. Keep in mind that the air waves belong to the total public not strategic segments.

MusicUNTOLD offer the suggestion that KUSC Classical Radio consider funding a minority classical host training program with an educational component to help increase on-air diversity in Los Angeles and the nation. I recall when television did not have African Americans news announcers, etc., but today African American and other minorities are even reporting the weather. Please see

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Angelica Hairston: Challenge the Stats will present a free concert in Atlanta on Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m. celebrating diversity in the classical performing arts

Angelica Hairston

Angelica Hairston writes:

Challenge the Stats will present a free concert in Atlanta on Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m. celebrating diversity in the classical performing arts. The concert will feature 11 high caliber African American and Latino instrumentalists, including performances by harpist Angelica Hairston, a cello sextet led by Clayton State University cello instructor Ismail Akbar, a world-premiere composition for harp and tenor by Joel Thompson, and commentary from Dr. Paula Grissom, Chair of Music at Spelman College. The concert will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta.

A $10 pre-concert Dinner and Discussion opens the event at 5:30 p.m. as NPR Personality (WABE 90.1 FM) Lois Reitzes moderates a panel of Atlanta arts leaders discussing tangible thoughts and ideas on creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable arts field.

Challenge the Stats was founded by Angelica Hairston, Artistic Director of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble. The concert is partly-funded by the inaugural NPR From The Top Arts Leadership Grant.

For more information contact:
Angelica Hairston  770-605-6333

Patrick D. McCoy will moderate Free CAAPA Panel on Blacks in Classical Music, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland, Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1 PM

Patrick D. McCoy writes about an event of the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts:

Dear Bill,

I will be moderating this special panel on the subject of Blacks in Classical Music on Saturday, February 3 in Laurel, Maryland.

Schomburg Center for Black Culture Presents Harlem Chamber Players in 10th Black History Month Celebration Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
is featured at

The Schomburg Center presents
The Harlem Chamber Players'
10th Annual Black History Month Celebration 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
Click here for more info and directions.
Click here toSchom burg  view and print a flyer.

This concert is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP.

You are also welcome to attend a free open rehearsal at the Harlem School of the Arts at
4 PM on Monday, February 12, 2018.

William Grant Still Incantation and Dance for Oboe and Piano
Selected Spirituals
H. Leslie Adams "Love Come and Gone" (text by Georgia Douglas Johnson)
H. Leslie Adams "Love Memory" (text by Paul Laurence Dunbar)
H. Leslie Adams "Love Response" (text by Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Nonet 

   for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
Mikael Darmanie, Piano
Hassan Anderson, Oboe
Liz Player, Clarinet
Eric Davis, French Horn
Amy Fraser, Bassoon
Ashley Horne, Violin
Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Robert Burkhart, Cello
Anthony Morris, Double Bass
Andréa Bradford, Soprano
Jorell Wiliams, Baritone
James Davis Jr., Piano

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

African American Composers Initiative: Tickets on sale for "Out of the Blues: The Gift of Song" Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 3 PM

The African American Composers Initiative writes:

Tickets (Brown Paper Tickets) for our concerts are now on sale! We have had sold out concerts in past years. Purchase your tickets now to be sure you can attend this wonderful program.

Out of the Blues: The Gift of Song
Music of Consolation and Jubilation by African American Composers.
Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 3pm

Buy your tickets here.

Thank you so very much to all who donated to our matching grant campaign. We met our goal! You make it possible for us to produce these concerts of African American composers' music.

LaDoris Cordell, Jodi Gandolfi, Deanne Tucker and all the musicians of AACI

John Malveaux: Santa Monica Westside Coalition Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Honored Dr. Tommie C. Smith, Gold Medalist in 1968 Olympics

Anita DeFrantz, Dr. Tommie C. Smith & Wife

Ira L. Gottlieb

John Malveaux of 

Jan 15, 2018 attended Santa Monica Dr. MLK Jr. Westside Coalition 33rd celebration of Dr. MLK Jr. honoring Dr. Tommie C. Smith, 200 meter Olympic Gold Medalist, XIX Olympiad, 1968. Tommie Smith stood on the victory stand, draped with gold medal and raised a clinched fist covered in a black glove. See Tommie Smith entering reception before program with Anita DeFrantz-member of International Olympic Committee (left) and his wife (right). Anita DeFrantz later introduced Tommie to speak during the program. Also attending event was attorney Ira L Gottlieb who successfully defended a high school student who refused to stand for the national anthem…/la-me-ln-student-athlete-kneel-201… See pic 1 of Anita DeFrantz, Dr. Tommie Smith and wife (right). Pic 2 attorney Ira L. Gottlieb.

21st Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 2 PM; Purchase Tickets at or by phone

Monday, January 15, 2018

NOBLE Celebrates and Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Joins the Nation and World in Celebrating and Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

[Alexandria, VA] Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remains one of the most pivotal figures in American history. His influence and legacy could not be more pertinent than it is today in these trying times where racial reconciliation and progress are continuously at odds with each other. A dogma has taken shape throughout this country that greatly threatens to unravel the civil rights efforts Dr. King laid down his life for.
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s holiday this Monday, we must remember that his dream is far from realized. We must carry the torch he lit years ago by speaking up, organizing and pursuing equity with deliberate action. 

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is calling on Americans of all races to drown out the embers of racism and call out those who believe in order to make America great we must subjugate and create barriers for people of color. America should hold promise for all of those who call it home irrespective to race, religion, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation. That is the vision Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had for this nation and despite the rhetoric coming from some, Dr. King's vision can be actualized, and we must all be willing to work tirelessly to see it through.
"As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we ask that the nation honor Dr. King's birthday and ultimate sacrifice as a day of service and not a day off," stated National President Clarence E. Cox, III.


About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 
Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit


AaronAsk: Weekly mentoring for a creative life: Get Out of a Rut! (3:26)

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, Get Out of a Rut!  Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!

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