Composer Anthony Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for contemporary Central Park Five Opera

  Politics of Music Composer Anthony Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for contemporary Central Park Five Opera. Long Beach Opera premiered Central Park Five. See https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/story/2020-05-04/anthony-davis-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-the-central-park-five-the-uc-san-diego-professors-fiery-opera and https://www.npr.org/2020/05/04/850166148/anthony-davis-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-his-opera-the-central-park-five

Philadelphia Orchestra performance of George Walker’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra featuring Gregory Walker, son of George Walker

POLITICS of MUSIC The top American orchestras historically and currently do not program violin concertos by composers of African decent or program violinist or violist of African descent to perform music of any composer. One notable exception was the Philadelphia Orchestra performance of George Walker’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra featuring Gregory Walker, son of…

Pulitzer prize composer George Walker’s last major work, Sinfonia No. 5 “Visions”

  Pulitzer prize composer George Walker’s last major work, Sinfonia No. 5 “Visions”, was inspired by the 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Todate the work has been ignored by ever major American Orchestra before and after the 2019 Seattle Symphony premiere. Please see https://seattlesymphony.org/watch-listen/beyondthestage/george-walker and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/arts/music/george-walker-sinfonia-visions-seattle-symphony.html Sinfonia No.…

Maestro Paul Freeman

    Maestro Paul Freeman (January 2, 1936 – July 21, 2015) earned his doctorate in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and studied for two years at Berlin’s Hochschule fur Musik on a Fulbright Scholarship. He later trained with the eminent French conductor Pierre Monteux. Paul Freeman became one of…

Betye Saar, artist

  Betye Saar (b. 1926, Los Angeles) is an African decent artist whose work consistently speak to issues of race, gender, and spirituality. Known as an assemblage artist, Saar’s work combines many different symbols along with objects found on her travels across Africa, Mexico, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean and especially in Los Angeles.