Camellia Symphony Celebrates Black History Month

Camellia Symphony Celebrates Black History Month

I hope you are having a great Black History Month!   I know I am, and as part of my celebration I attended the Camellia Symphony Orchestra‘s concert, titled Past, Present, and Future. An ambitious and excellent community orchestra in Sacramento, they offered an exciting program on Saturday in celebration of Black History Month. Now in their 56th season, the Camellias performed in the regal auditorium of the C.K. McClatchy High School.  The program featured music by Florence Price, Julia Perry, William Grant Still, and Chris Castro.  It’s a challenging proposition for an orchestra to put forward a whole program of not-very…

Black History Month at WPA

We at WPA are embracing Black History Month as a challenge to learn about and listen to more works by Black women composers. The Hildegard Publishing Company has compiled a fantastic list of works that they publish by contemporary and historic Black women composers.  It is a perfect resource for singers and pianists to expand their repertoire in diverse ways. You can also explore a tremendous amount of information at the Center for Black Music Research, housed at Columbia College in Chicago.  And the website AfriClassical.com is devoted to sharing information about “African Heritage in Classical Music”. Our strength comes from…

Sphinx Conference: Igniting Diversity in the Arts

We at WPA are often reflecting on how our goals of incorporating women into the classical canon are parallel to those who work for racial and ethnic diversity in the music world. Plus, Black History Month – February – is adjacent to Women’s History Month, and that connection is also something to be celebrated. So we were happy to read received this email about the Sphinx Convention, starting today in Detroit: Watch Live on Detroit Public TV– Starting Friday at 3 P.M.  ‘SphinxCon: Ignite to Action’ This Weekend — CONFERENCE: Friday, February 5th  – 3 to 9 p.m. & Saturday, February 6th…