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I was first introduced to the power of music as a 3-year old sitting in church with my parents. I remember keenly watching the pianist play the hymns each week before going home to try and figure out what I had just heard. Since then, I've never lost the urge to discover all that I can about music and how it works. 

 

However, as I've grown older, I've also given more thought to the ways that music functions as part of our larger society. This stems in many ways from the time I spent in college studying broadcast journalism (my second major) and working as a field reporter for the local news station. Those experiences opened my eyes to the shocking lack of awareness that many people have surrounding not only world issues, but issues facing their local communities.
 
I attribute this mainly to a failure of all parties to clearly communicate with each other. Music can bridge these gaps and provide all of us with a digestible way to plug into the world outside of our doors. It is for this reason that I devote a significant portion of my programming to music that speaks towards current social issues, rather than limit myself solely to the wonderful, though sometimes overplayed traditional repertoire. It may be an unreachable aspiration, but I aim to be a conduit for positive social change with every program that I learn.

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Previous events

Colour of Music Masterworks Concert

Vanderbilt University: Martha Rivers Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN

Colour of Music Festival Orchestra Chelsea Tipton II, conductor

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Opus 24 by Samuel O. Barber (1910-1981) Laquita Mitchell, Soprano

Ennanga For Harp, Orchestra and Piano by William Grant Still (1895-1978) Jordan Thomas, Harp

Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: A Requiem For Rice by John C. Wineglass (b. 1973)

  1. The Middle Passage: Uprooted II. Tones of the Rice Fields III. Lament for Lost souls

Bach to BlackNotes Solo Piano Recital

Belmont University- Harton Recital Hall, 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN

Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B-flat BWV 825 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Prelude Allemande Corrente Sarabande Minuet I Minuet II Gigue

Wafting Clouds Trevor Weston (b. 1967) Clouds In Theory Nia Imani Franklin (b. 1993)

El Albaicín (From Iberia suite) Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Homage Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) Troubled Water Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Virtuoso Etudes George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Earl Wild) Embraceable You
Lady Be Good Fascinatin Rhythm

Recital with Laquita Mitchell, soprano

Frist Art Museum Auditorium, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN

George Frideric Handel (1685- 1759) fromGiulio Cesare

Recit: E pur cosi in un giorno Aria: Piangeròla sorte mia

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) L’ Automne L’ Énamourée Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes

Joseph Marx (1882-1964) Waldseligkeit Nocturne Hat dich die Liebe berüht

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Hermit Songs Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

At Saint Patrick’s Purgatory Church Bell at Night Ita’s Vision The Heavenly Banquet The Crucifiction Sea-Snatch Promiscuity The Monk and his Cat The Praises of God The Desire for Hermitage Spirituals

Florence B. Price Arr.(1887-1953) My Soul’s Been Anchored in de Lord

Hale Smith Arr. (1925-2009) This Little Light of Mine

Bach to BlackNotes solo piano recital

Valley Cottage Library, 110 NY-303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B-flat BWV 825 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Prelude Allemande Corrente Sarabande Minuet I Minuet II Gigue

Wafting Clouds Trevor Weston (b. 1967) Clouds In Theory Nia Imani Franklin (b. 1993)

El Albaicín (From Iberia suite) Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Homage Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) Troubled Water Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Virtuoso Etudes George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Earl Wild) Embraceable You
Lady Be Good Fascinatin Rhythm

Oct26

The Dream Unfinished

Brooklyn Library

Margaret Bonds: Negro Speaks of Rivers

Jessie Montgomery's: I Want To Go Home

Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E Minor

Ebony and Ivory Piano Spotlight Recital

Allen University, Chappelle Auditorium, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC

Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B-flat BWV 825 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Prelude Allemande Corrente Sarabande Minuet I Minuet II Gigue

Wafting Clouds Trevor Weston (b. 1967) Clouds In Theory Nia Imani Franklin (b. 1993)

El Albaicín (From Iberia suite) Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Homage Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) Troubled Water Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Virtuoso Etudes George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Earl Wild) Embraceable You
Lady Be Good Fascinatin Rhythm

The Dream Unfinished: Deep River

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St, New York, NY

The season finale will include speakers and activists who will provide local and global perspectives on climate change’s impact on communities of color, and premiere new orchestrations of works by Trevor Weston, Zenobia Powell Perry, and others. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight.

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