Prestige Performances

These performances take place in New York City at Centennial Memorial Hall, and provide performance opportunities for emerging classical musicians (vocal and instrumental) in both an ensemble and solo setting. Cutting edge programming is integral to the series, which features a panoply of genres, featuring everything from clas­sical to pop, re-establishing the orches­tra as a viable and multifaceted musical vehicle that is still relevant in today’s musical society.

Emerging artists have the opportunity to perform with established world-re­nowned artists. They will also provide leadership for workshop and master classes throughout out the concert series. Musicians of African-American heritage are strongly encouraged to apply and participate.

Ovation Concerts defines emerging artists as musicians with professional discipline who have some level of profes­sional achievement but not a substantial


Untold Legacies of Black Composers

The face of classical music has, histori­cally, been that of a person of European descent. The training and education of amateurs and professionals alike have largely reflected this imbalanced repre­sentation. The study of musical history is a major component in the pursuit of a performance degree, and yet there is an undeniable void as it relates to classical musicians with Black heritage, composers and performers who have been significant influencers of western classical music throughout the centuries.

Ovation Concerts looks to partner with institutions of higher education to enhance the profile of diversity in the arts within classical music. We seek ac­tive involvement from faculty, staff and students in its programing.

Ovation Concerts’ Emerging Artists travel to university campuses to present interactive and dynamic programs de­signed to engage faculty and students through panel discussions, concert per­formances and a film screening of a doc­umentary discussing Joseph Bologne and other black classical musicians and their influence in music history.

Ovation Concerts focuses on assertive measures for diversity in the performing arts. In­creasing diversity in performing arts organizations and ensembles with re­gard to race and economic stature is of paramount importance.


Prodigy Education Outreach

The Prodigy educational outreach program is designed to involve students and developing professionals, providing masterclass and workshop opportunities with visiting Prestige Performance Artists. Prodigy participants will be chosen by an artistic com­mittee, composed of distinguished musicians from elite ensembles and educational institu­tions based in the Greater New York Metropolitan region. Diversity will play a central role in the selection process.


Top Techs Internships

Ovation Concerts will partner with Life Light Street Productions, whose mission is to help at-risk students and young adults and instill hope for a second chance, to develop knowledge in tele­vision production and college preparation, and to build access to professional networks and alternative career paths. These young adults will be provided opportunities to assist with various aspects of audio and video technical production of the Prestige performances.