This edition of STACCATO is about Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. They are once again offering grants to small orchestras and other groups if they perform classical works composed by women. President Liane Curtis, talks about how the #METOO movement is helping their cause. At least one group, The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston is going all in.
In this episode of CLASSICAL MUSIC IN COLOR , we feature CASTLE OF OUR SKINS.
Two Boston based African-American classical musicians, concerned about how much they DIDN’T know about Black classical composers, formed CASTLE OF OUR SKINS , dedicated to showcasing the music of Black classical composers.
STACCATO – The Little Opera in San Francisco. It’s an after school program for children from K-5th grade. They perform operas and compose their own original short operas. They were also challenged to listen to as much of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle as possible to raise money.
Classical Music in Color – ORCHESTRA NOIR in Atlanta. It is one of the few all African-American orchestras in the country. It was started by Conductor Jason Ikeem Rodgers.
FEEDING THESPIS – Please hear THE REDNECK GRAIL by Allyson Currin of Washington, DC. It’s a play about a young woman in search of something she doesn’t think exists. She’s doing it for her ailing grandfather and meets some curious characters in her search.
STACCATO – This installment of Staccato is about a long lost opera called TOM TOM from 1932. It was found by Yale Doctoral Student Libby Caplan who ran across it in the Harvard library.