UNTOLD LEGACIES OF BLACK COMPOSERS

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.