Monday, March 31, 2014

This Week in Exploring Music: Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige Part 1, the first of a two part series in celebration of African-American composers and performers.

Avenira 276011

Dominique-René de Lerma forwards this Weekly Playlist for Exploring Music With Bill McLaughlin on The WFMT Radio Network from March 31-April 4, 2014:
Trad.: Egwabo/Welcome (Ghana) (excerpts)
Arc 1950
:56, :42
Trad.: “Lord, How Come Me Here?”
Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp, piano
RCA 61960
Trad: “In that New Jerusalem”
Smithsonian Folkways 2657
Trad.: “I Been in de Storm So Long”
Marian Anderson, contralto
RCA 61960
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Quartet No. 2 In B Flat Major, I & II
Apollon Quartet
Avenida 276011
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Adagio fr. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major
Encore Chamber Orchestra/Hege; Rachel Barton, v.
Cedille 035
Trad.: “Move Daniel” & “Pharaoh’s Host Got Lost”
McIntosh County Singers
Smithsonian Folkways 4344
3:49, 1:38
Trad.: “I Stood on de Ribber ob Jerdon”
Marian Anderson, contralto; Rupp, p.
RCA 61960
Trad.: Deep River
Tuskegee Institute Choir
Westminster 8154
Trad.: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”
Leadbelly, voc.
Smithsonian Folkways 40194
Trad./Burleigh: “Go Down Moses”
Harry T. Burleigh, baritone
Arch 1005
Trad.: “Trouble”
Michel Larue, voc
Smithsonian Folkways 05252
Joseph White: Violin Concerto in F-sharp minor
Encore Chamber Orchestra/Hege; Rachel Barton, v.
Cedille 35
Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Boston Pops Orchestra/Fiedler
Universal Classics B0002916-02
Scott Joplin: Ragtime Dance
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Universal Classics B0002916-02
Scott Joplin: Solace – A Mexican Serenade
Morton Gunnar Larsen, f.
Universal Classics B0002916-02
Trad.: La Bella Cubana
Juan Carlos Valdivia, v.; Leonor Martínez, p.
Music Trends Records B001Q21MT4
5:19; 1:39

Trad.: “Salangadou”
Michel Larue, voc.
Smithsonian Folkways 05252
Trad.: “Gwine to Alabamy”
Michel Larue, voc.
Smithsonian Folkways 05252
Trad.: “A City Called Heaven”
Terence Blanchard, p.; Jubilant Sykes, bar.
Sony 63294
Foster: “Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair”
Thomas Hampson; Michael Parloff, fl.
EMI 41645
Foster: Old Folks at Home & My Old Kentucky Home
Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Evan Stover/Molly Mason/Tony Trischka
EMI 54621
James A. Bland: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny”
Louis Armstrong & the Mills Brothers
Giants of Jazz
Sydney Lambert: Rescue Polka Mazurka
Center for Black Music Research
Scott Joplin: Bethena (A Concert Waltz)
Eric Rogers, p.
Universal CL (DG) B0002916-02
Joplin: Treemonisha (excerpts)
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers
New World 80720
Trad.: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
Apollo Jubilee Quartette
Arch 1005
Trad.: “Salangadou” (excerpt)
Eartha Kitt
James S. Scott: Frog Legs Rag
Center for Black Music Research
R. Nathaniel Dett: In the Bottoms
  I. Prelude
  II. His Song
  III. Honey
  IV. Barcarolle
  V. Dance
Natalie Hinderas, p.
CRI 629
William Grant Still: Symphony #1, Afro-American
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 9154
12:43, 11:25
Noble Sissle: Great Camp Meetin’ Day
Ford Dabney’s Band
Arch 1005

Trad.: “I Just Come from the Fountain”
Michel Larue, voc.
Smithsonian Folkways 5252
Trad: “Let Us Break Bread Together”
Terence Blanchard, p.; Jubilant Sykes, bar.
Sony 63294
Trad.: “Joe Hill”
Paul Robeson, bass
Smithsonian Folkways 40026
James Reese Europe: Castle House Rag
Center for Black Music Research, Chicago
Florence Price: Concerto in One Movement
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble/Leslie B. Dunner,Karen Walwyn, p.
Albany 1295
Florence Price: Symphony in E Minor, III & IV
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble/Leslie B. Dunner
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Lamentations for solo cello
Tahirah Whittington, vc.
Cedille 87
Antonín Dvorák, arr. Tatum: Humoresque
Art Tatum, p.
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
Diggin' on James Brown
Tower of Power

Wall Street Journal: 'Artis Wodehouse practices her harmonium'; MELODEON: Marti Newland April 6 in 'Masters of the Harmonium', 1393 York Ave., NYC

Soprano Marti Newland

Artis Wodehouse practices her harmonium at her home in the Bronx; she will perform for the public on Sunday.  (Photo: Corinne Ramey)
Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Pulling Out the Stops to Revive Keyboard Relics

Pianist Has Nearly a Dozen Antique Instruments; Concert Planned for Sunday

The pianist Artis Wodehouse collects keyboard instruments that history left behind. Since finding her passion in 2000, Ms. Wodehouse has acquired nearly a dozen antique keyboard instruments—from Craigslist, eBay and other sources. 

Klavierhaus Pleyel

1903 Mustel Art Harmonium

Artis Wodehouse writes:

Dear Musicians and Colleagues,

I'm especially excited to let you know that Klavierhaus of NYC has agreed to loan us their beautiful 1890 Art Case Pleyel grand piano for our Sunday, April 6th, 2014 "Masters of the Harmonium " concert to be held at Church of the Epiphany, 74th and York Avenue, NYC at 4 p.m.   Pianist Andrew Sun will be performing on it in harmonium and piano duos by Saint-Saens and Guilmant. I will be playing my 1903 Mustel Art harmonium. 

Klavierhaus's Pleyel grand piano represents a uniquely French sound-world that was quite familiar to Saint-Saens, Guilmant, Debussy and Ravel. It will be a most fitting partner to my 1903 French Mustel Art Harmonium.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kwamé Ryan Conducts Westchester Philharmonic Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 PM in New York Area Debut

Kwamé Ryan

On Oct. 11, 2007 AfriClassical posted:
Kwamé Ryan, Black Canadian Conductor in Bordeaux

John Malveaux of alerted us some time ago to Kwamé Ryan's conducting engagement with the Westchester Philharmonic.  In The New York Times yesterday, Joshua Worby, Artistic Director of the ensemble, announced that Kwamé Ryan will conduct the Sunday, April 6, 2014 concert:

The New York Times

A Team of Maestros Takes Hold 'C-Force Wows Grand Bahama'

C-Force (

Christine Gangelhoff sends this link:

March 19, 2014
The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) last weekend hosted “C-Force, An Evening of Musical Fusion” at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. 

Headlining was C-Force, a chamber ensemble that offers a unique and intriguing approach to the traditional. The group is made up of Christy Lee on the piano, Christine Gangelhoff on the flute and Christian Justilien on the euphonium, all of whom are faculty members at the College of the Bahamas.

Since its formation in 2008, C-Force has been featured in concert throughout the islands of the Bahamas. Most recently, the group has been promoting the art music of the Caribbean with their performances in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the US Virgin Islands and the United States.

The members of C-Force will be performed two concerts for students on Grand Bahama at the Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium, one for primary school-aged children and one for middle/high school-aged children. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

John Malveaux: Le Chevalier de Saint Georges was born in 1745 in Guadeloupe, where Solitude was born in 1772. The contrasting histories are remarkable.

John Malveaux of writes:

Le Chevalier de Saint Georges was born in Guadeloupe in 1745 and Solitude was born in Guadeloupe in 1772. The contrasting histories and achievements are remarkable. See
John Malveaux

[Le Chevalier de Saint Georges (1745-1799) is featured at]

John Malveaux: Soprano Latonia Moore as Lady MacBeth on Chandos CD Coming in April

John Malveaux of writes:

New CD release announced for April 2014. See
John Malveaux

Guiseppe Verdi: Macbeth (sung in English)

Simon Keenlyside baritone - Macbeth
Brindley Sherratt bass - Banquo
Latonia Moore soprano - Lady Macbeth
Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano - Lady-in-waiting
Gwyn Hughes Jones tenor - Macduff
Ben Johnson tenor - Malcolm
Gavin Horsley bass - Doctor
Thomas Faulkner bass - Servant to Macbeth
Riccardo Simonetti bass - Assassin
Stephen Kennedy bass - Herald
Cheyney Kent bass - Apparition
Roseanne Havel soprano - Apparition

Opera in English Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Edward Gardner

AlJazeera America: Black and Latino Performers Followed Through Sphinx Competition; Sphinx Organization Strives to Diversify Classical Music Orchestras

Rocking The Symphony (Link to full article)

By E. Tammy Kim
Photo by Tim Galloway for Al Jazeera America

Published on March 29, 2014

Detroit — An hour before his performance, the 14-year-old cellist Sterling Elliott looks almost too calm. Dressed in a signature purple shirt and striped tie, hands in his pockets, he walks the hallways backstage, joking around with a violinist friend. Earlier that morning, he had listened to hip-hop on candy-colored Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. "The day of a performance, it's too late to really practice," he says. "I just warm up and try to relax."

Elliott has deep brown skin and a round head of close-cropped hair. He hasn't yet hit his teenage growth spurt. This year, he's one of nine junior-division semifinalists in the 17th annual Sphinx Competition for strings. At Detroit's Orchestra Hall, in greenrooms marked "Boys" and "Girls," violins, violas, cellos and basses are tuned and subjected to intricate passages of Bach and Mendelssohn. A long-haired cellist from Texas, Santiago Cañón Valencia, takes a break to watch "My Name Is Earl" on his iPad. Mya Greene, a petite violist and math whiz from East Los Angeles, chats with a violinist in an animal-print dress.

In most respects, it's like any other musical tournament. But the Sphinx Competition is open only to young black and Latino string players of the highest caliber. Its mission is to groom stars and to change the look and culture of classical music. After a half-century of desegregation in performance, U.S. orchestras are still overwhelmingly white — though increasingly Asian. A mere 4 percent of orchestra members are either African-American or Latino.


Classical music may be European in origin, but its lineage is diverse. "Black people wrote classical music but couldn't get it recorded or performed," says William Zick, who runs the website Although Zick was reared on classical music, he didn't hear works by Afro-European or African-American composers until he was in his 30s. "I was really angry. And I felt cheated," he says, citing Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-99), the "black Mozart," and Afro-Polish violinist George Bridgetower (1778-1860), to whom Beethoven originally dedicated his famous Kreutzer sonata.

Friday, March 28, 2014 Trent Johnson Leads Oratorio Singers of Westfield in His Cantata "Saint Augustine" & Mozart's "Great Mass" 3 PM Mar. 30, First United Methodist Church Oratorio Singers and orchestra on stage at Westfield First United Methodist Church

Trent Johnson

Oratoria Singers and orchestra to perform at First United Methodist Church in Westfield

By Suburban News March 14, 2014 

Now in their 34th performing year, The Oratorio Singers of Westfield, under the direction of Music Director Trent Johnson, will present a concert of church music from the 18th and 21st centuries at 3 p.m., on Sunday, March 30, at Westfield’s First United Methodist Church located at One East Broad St. The program will include Mozart’s “Mass No. 17 in c minor”(“Great Mass”) - and a new work from the 21st century - the premiere of Trent Johnson’s 2014 cantata “St. Augustine.”
The line-up of soloists for this concert is spectacular. The chorus will be joined by sopranos Rachel Rosales and Maureen Francis, tenor Rufus Müller and bass Kevin Maynor. The orchestra will include members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 5-Hour Civil War Series Shines New Light On Crucial Western Theater & Role Of African-Americans And Gives Powerful Insights On America

Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern, Featuring Top Historians & Rare Access to Original Battlegrounds for Authentic Cinematic Recreations

New Series Premieres Nationally on Public Television Beginning April 2014

NASHVILLE, TN [March, 2014] – Civil War: The Untold Story is a visually stunning and absorbing new 5-hour documentary series that breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater - battles in the strategic lands between the Appalachians and Mississippi River. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) the series premieres nationally on public television stations beginning in April 2014 (check local listings).

Rather than revisit the oft-told stories of the battles of Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg in the eastern states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, this gripping and comprehensive new series instead tells the stories of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and other battles in lands then known as “the West.” Many historians believe that the Western Theater was where the war was won – and lost. In addition to the epic battles, Civil War: The Untold Story provides new insights into the relatively unknown roles African Americans played in the conflict – from enslaved to emancipated to soldier. 

Filmed in a sweeping cinematic style, Civil War: The Untold Story painstakingly recreates the battles of the Western Theater in a thoroughly authentic manner. Many scenes were filmed on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, which add to the sheer magnitude of history felt throughout the films. The series also uses state-of-the-art 2D and 3D graphics, fascinating archival imagery, and incisive expert commentary by Civil War historians and scholars.

Timed to coincide with the 150-year anniversary of the pivotal “Campaign for Atlanta,” the series also chronicles the presidential campaign of 1864 in which Abraham Lincoln was nearly defeated. In many ways, Civil War: The Untold Story can be considered a prequel to Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Within the story of the Western Theater, the series highlights the causes of war, the home front, the politics of war, and the impact of war on Southern civilians and women. The authenticity of uniforms, voiceovers and scenery, makes it seemingly impossible to distinguish this modern adaptation from the actual war so many years ago.

Civil War: The Untold Story is produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, which, in addition to numerous cable television documentaries, has created more than 25 films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country. The series is sponsored by Nashville Public Television and will be distributed to public television stations nationally by American Public Television (APT). 

“The film is not just about who we were then. It's about who we are now," said producer Chris Wheeler. “In a nation arguably as divided today as we were 150 years ago, Civil War: The Untold Story is a compelling, relevant program that we believe will strike a powerful chord with Americans today.”

Interspersed are compelling on-camera interviews with some of America’s top Civil War historians – including Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College; Peter Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College; Amy Murrell Taylor, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky; and Stacy Allen, the Chief Historian at Shiloh National Military Park.

IDIS Releases Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast' in 1962 Performance of Philharmonia Orchestra, Conducted by Malcolm Sargent

IDIS 66722

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K.,]

The Philharmonia Orchestra, tenor Richard Lewis
and the Royal Choral Society made a studio
recording of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast under the
direction of Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1962.  Two
historical recordings of the performance were
released in 2013.  The present release is Sir
Malcolm Sargent Conducts Coleridge-Taylor, 
IDIS 6672.  Heritage Records published
The Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Heritage
CD 249, which includes three other compositions
of Coleridge-Taylor as well.  

The liner notes are by Gavin Dixon © 2013, who 
writes “The score of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast 
was published in advance of its premiere, 
generating great interest in the event, which took 
place at the Royal College of Music conducted by 
Stanford.”  ‘The cantata is based on Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of 
Hiawatha.”  “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” was soon 
being performed around the world.  The work 
proved ideal for amateur choral societies, and 
within six years the cantata had received over 200 
performances in England alone.  From the 1920s, it 
was staged regularly in a ballet version at the Royal 
Albert Hall.  The first of these performances took 
place in 1924, conducted by Hiawatha Coleridge-Taylor, the composer’s son.  In 1928, the baton 
passed to Malcolm Sargent, who presented it in two-week runs every year until the Second World War.  
Sargent became so closely associated with the work, 
that one of his biographers named a chapter on the 
conductor’s activities in this period “The Wigwam 

The IDIS recording divides the work into four sections: 
1. Introduction - You Shall Hear (8:43); 2. He was 
dressed in shirt (8:34); 3. Onaway!  Awake, beloved! 
(5:39); 4. Thus the gentle Chibiabos (8:34). reports that IDIS stands for “Istituto 
Discografico Italiano - An imprint of Dynamic
specializing in digital remasterings of historical 
recordings.” writes: “In 1962 in recognition 
of the 50th anniversary of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's death, Sir Malcolm Sargent recorded 
his Songs of Hiawatha, considered a milestone in 
English choral music. Also included on this 
recording are the Symphonic Variations of 
Antonín Dvorák recorded in 1959. Gary Lemco 
reviewed the IDIS recording for Audiophile 
Audition, which published the piece on December 
18, 2013. He summarized his review as follows: 
“The combination of two vintage Malcolm Sargent 
performances reminds us of his gift for choral and 
instrumental composition.”  Lemco says of the 
tenor: “Lewis is in clear, resonant voice, his calling-card that made him a favorite of conductors like 
Beecham and Reiner.”  

The Lemco review says of the Dvorak work: “Dvorak 
composed his Symphonic Variations between August 
and September 1877, and he quickly sent the score 
to Hans Richter who declared it an immediate success. 
Brahms, after having heard the score, presented 
Dvorak with the gift of a new cigar-holder.”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” 
is a very appealing work which holds up well to repeated
 hearings.  We are also enjoying this fine performance 
of Dvorak’ s Symphonic Variationswhich is a welcome 
addition to our Dvorak collection.

Disclosure: A review copy of this recording was provided 
by the record label.

Comment by email:

During 2003 Black History Month, I produced “An Evening of Grace & Style” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The program included music of composers William Grant Still, Ed Bland, Barbara Sherrill, Margaret Bonds, and the piano reduction of 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast'  by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor under the direction of choral director Barbara Sherrill with Dr. Hansonia Caldwell as pianist. I look forward to the orchestral recording of this wonderful music. John Malveaux

John Malveaux: Black Enterprise: 'The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.' - Ursula Burns, Xerox Chairman & CEO

John Malveaux of 
sends the above quote from Black Enterprise 
by Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox 

John Malveaux

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Edward Lewis Will Be Inducted At 65th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame Ceremonies April 7, 2014

Edward Lewis Will Be Inducted
At The

Comment by email:
Edward Lewis, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Essence Communications, will be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 7, 2014 in New York. Lewis, along with Clarence Smith, Cecil Hollingsworth and Jonathan Blount, founded Essence magazine.  [John Malveaux]

John Malveaux: 'Symphony of Brotherhood Concert-Anniversary of 1992 Los Angeles Riots'

John Malveaux of writes:

In addition to selected video taped performances from 50th Anniversary March on Washington/I HAVE A DREAM Speech  Concert of August 2013, please see selections for Colorado Mesa University live performance on April 25 at Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles in connection with anniversary of 1992 Los Angeles Riots. We may add one more piece. 

John Malveaux


Astor Piazzolla--------- Piano Trio 'Libertango’  (7 mins)
Elliott Bark-------------   “Momentum Ecstasio” for Cello Solo (2009)  (5 mins)
George Gershwin---------- Songs for Violin and Piano from “Porgy & Bess” (8 mins)


A Woman is Sometime thing
Sergei Rachmaninoff--------- Sonata for cello and piano Op.19 G minor 4th   (9 mins)        
Duke Ellington------------Songs for cello and piano (arr. By Arthur Houle)  (10 mins)
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me by Bob Russell & Duke Ellington
Satin Doll by Duke Ellington
             Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Duke Ellington                                           
Felix Mendelssohn-----------Piano Trio No.1 Op.49 D minor the 1st movement (10 mins)

[Duke Ellington (1899-1974) is featured at]

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

John Malveaux: 'According to a recent email from Byron Hanson, archivist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ulysses Kay visited Interlochen in April, 1968.'

Ulysses Kay

[Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,]

John Malveaux of writes:

According to a recent email from Byron Hanson, archivist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ulysses Kay visited Interlochen in April, 1968. "He was here for a few days, possibly as much as a week participating in a symposium, "Creativity in the Arts and Sciences", that Karl Haas devised. He worked with our composers, and may have heard performances of his works by our band and/or orchestra on the weekends before or following the symposium. The band played his "Short Suite" and the orchestra played his "Fantasy Variations", and the orchestra repeated the work on three off-campus appearances that spring in Holland, Michigan; Elkhart, Indiana; and at Orchestra Hall in Chicago." 
John Malveaux

Harlem Chamber Players & Members of Housing Symphony Celebrate Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 PM

Awadagin Pratt, Pianist & Janet Wolfe, Honoree

Kay George Roberts, Conductor

Terrance McKnight, Host

Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday Celebration 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 PM
Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra celebrate Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday and all she has done for minority musicians since 1971.
Click here to learn more about Janet Wolfe.

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Seventh Avenue and 57th Street
Click here for directions. 
Tickets are $30, $60 and $75. Students/Seniors get 50% off.

Visit or call 212-247-7800 to purchase tickets.
You may also call 323-833-2083 for more info on discounts. 

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
H. Leslie Adams Nightsongs (New York Premiere)  
(Based on Poems by Harlem Renaissance Writers Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clarissa Scott Delany, James Weldon Johnson, and Leslie Morgan Collins) 
William Foster McDaniel Mia Moja (composed just for this occasion)
Bach Piano Concerto in F Minor
Haydn Symphony No. 60 "Il Distratto" 

Conductor Tali Makell
Soprano Andréa Bradford

Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra