Composer Shelley Washington – Amplifying Voices Program

New York, NY – New Music USA announces six composers who have been co-commissioned to write new orchestral works through its Amplifying Voices Program, supported by the Sphinx Venture Fund. Composers Valerie Coleman, Juan Pablo Contreras, Tania León, Brian Raphael Nabors, Tyshawn Sorey, and Shelley Washington will each write new works to be premiered during the 2021-22 season and performed by a total of at least…

History of “We Shall Overcome”

  In April 1960, 126 young civil-rights activists joined together in Raleigh, N.C., for the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, better known as SNCC and sang “We Shall Overcome”. The song probably dates back to antebellum days, when slaves worked in fields making America great. Songs of slaves had roots in African songs…

Report from ‘Future of Sports and Mass Gatherings post-COVID19’ conference

  June 4, 2020, I witnessed via zoom conferencing, ‘Future of Sports and Mass Gatherings post-COVID19′ moderated by Ido Aharoni: Global Ambassador, Maccabi World Union, from Jerusalem. The expert panel discussed possible scenarios for the resumption of global sporting activities. Donna Orender: Former president of WNBA, CEO of Orender Unlimited, Senior Vice President of PGA, Maccabi USA Officer, Maccabi alumna. Larry Scott: Commissioner, PAC 12 Collegiate Conference, Maccabi…

Joel Elias Spingarn

I was unaware until 5-27-2020 that May is Jewish Heritage Month   https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/. As a African American member of Long Beach Chapter of NAACP,  I salute  Joel Elias Spingarn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Elias_Spingarn and the NAACP Spingarn Medal https://www.naacp.org/awards/spingarn-medal/ .

Memorial Day has a little known African American root

  Memorial Day has a little known African American root. Please see https://time.com/5836444/black-memorial-day/ .  Many are unaware that  over 200,000 African American  Union soldiers helped save our NATION. Please see photo of 3,000 school children who carried bouquets of flowers and sang “John Brown’s Body” to honor captured Union soldiers in Charleston, South Carolina.  Members of the famed Union 54th…

Audio Library No. 3 – Ulysses Simpson Kay

OBJECTIVE: Heighten awareness of historically significant, but little known, symphonic, chamber, and vocal music -including operas. No. 3   Whatever the gatekeepers standard of evaluation or determination to program classical music and operas by American composers on radio, symphony and opera stages, the voluminous contributions of Ulysses Simpson Kay offer only two reasons for his…