This will be the last post in the classical music series. While I would not call myself a classical music devotee, I do have an appreciation for the genre which started early in my life. My mom is a musician and has degrees in music and I remember going to the symphony as a youngster and hearing the church choir perform Amahl and the Night and Handel’s Messiah.
A few years ago I had a chance to hear the Ritz Chamber Players in North Carolina and last Friday night, I attended “An Evening at Carnegie Hall” a concert at Takoma Park Baptist Church in Washington, DC featuring Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano; Raymond Jackson, pianist; Marquita Lister, soprano; Patrick D. McCoy, tenor; William Jones, pianist; Kelvin L. Page, tenor; Mickey Thomas Terry, organist; Marc Schlosberg, clarinetist; and Angela Wray, soprano.
While this is my last post on classical music, the conversation can continue. Feel free to leave a comment about your exposure to classical music, favorite artists, etc. See links below for more information or just google “african americans in classical music.”
Additional Resources and Information
> A Brief History of Blacks in Opera from the Root, posted May 22, 2011
> Review of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha from last week’s New York Times
> AfriClassical.com: African Heritage in Classical Music
> The African American Voice in Classical Music – online talk show by Patrick D. McCoy
> Harlem Opera Theater
> New York based Opera Ebony
> Opera Noire of New York