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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.

Previous events

Interchurch Noonday Concert Series: Heather Hill and Kyle P. Walker

The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

An American Tapestry Soprano extraordinaire Heather Hill and pianist Kyle P. Walker presents songs celebrating the beautiful diversity of America by musically exploring themes of freedom, justice, and unity.

Recital with Jeryl Cunningham-Fleming

Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, 12 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY

Three on 3 Presents

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51​​​​​​​ Johann Sebastian Bach Arie – “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”​​​ ​​​​ (1685 – 1750) ​Recitativ – “Wir beten, zu dem Tempel an” Arie – “Höchster, mache deine Güte” Choral – “Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren”

II The Lord is My Light ​​​​​​​ Frances Allitsen (1848 – 1912)

The Publican​​​​​​​​​ Beardsley Van de Water (n.d.)

I Talked to God Last Night​​​​​​​​ ​ David Guion (1892 – 1981)

INTERMISSION

III

Come With Me​​​​​​​​​​ Harry T. Burleigh (1866 – 1949)

Heaven​​​​​​​​​​​​ Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956) Border Line​​

Demand

IV

Oh, What a Beautiful City​​​​​​​ arr. Gale Jones Murphy (b._______)

Watch and Pray​​​​​​​​​ Undine Smith Moore (1904 – 1989)

Honor, Honor​​​​​​ ​​ arr. Hall Johnson (1888 – 1970)

Roun’ About de Mountain​​​​​​ ​ arr. Roland Hayes (1887 – 1977)

Stand the Storm​​​​​​​ ​ ​ arr. Tim Amukele (b. 1976)

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom

Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, 12 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY

Three on 3 Presents: Composed by Dr. Nkeiru Okoye, Harriet Tubman is a two-act theatrical work that tells of how a young girl born into slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor.

Harriet Tubman carries the universal themes of sisterhood, courage, sacrifice and doing what is necessary to keep a family together-- despite the slavery threatening to tear them apart.

Tickets: $30 at door

Sanctuary: Powerful Voices of the Marginalized

Spectrum NYC, 70 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY

We are thrilled to invite you to experience our newest creation A​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​dance​ ​theater,​ ​new​ ​music,​ ​and visual​ ​art communicating stories​ ​of physical and spiritual empowerment emerging from the ​depths of vulnerability.

Join us on a journey of resistance, reflection and redemption through three vignettes, each creatively conceived by a different member of Sanctuary, with costumes designed by Mary Symczak.

Admission: Tickets at door General price $15 Student price $10

Recital with Darryl Yokley, saxophone

Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ

Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Anime Lentement Tres anime, molto allegro

Beau Soir Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata: When Mountain’s Rising Sherwood Shaffer (b. 1934) Bold and Surging Past singing springs To reach the stars

Largo from cello and piano sonata in G minor Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra Robert Ward (1917-2013) Lento Allegro

La Boheme: Che gelida manina, “What a cold little hand” Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Artists By Any Other Name: Le Boîte a Joujoux

Diller Quaile School of Music, 26 E. 95th Street, New York, NY

La Boîte a Joujoux: A young girl's unexpected adventure after her mobile is mysteriously replaced with a magical Toybox...

Artists By Any Other Name presents original choreography to Debussy's La Boîte a Joujoux, and has been arranged for piano quintet by Artist members Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos and Harmonnia Junus

Artists By Any Other Name Australian Tour

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Australia

Performing and Teaching at the Young Artists Exchange Festival

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