February is Black History Month, and All Classical Portland’s Music Director John Pitman has collaborated with the on-air team to recognize the contributions of black musicians and composers. This month, listen as our hosts share perspectives on recordings that are well established as part of the American canon of classical music, and feature lesser known performances and musicians. Year-round, All Classical Portland integrates the music of black composers and performers into our programming. Black History Month offers an opportunity to reaffirm and expand this commitment to our community.
We have just posted a third article on the Beyond the Music Blog, and the subject is American composer, William Levi Dawson. Well-researched and inclusive of an interview with a music professor at the University of Puget Sound, as well as audio samples, this post provides a thorough ad fascinating study of this Dawson’s life and work. Tune in to hear Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony Sunday evening, February 25 at 6:30pm.
Host Christa Wessel recently spoke with Oregon Symphony Orchestra violist Jennifer Arnold in an insightful pre-concert conversation. Jen is deeply involved, not only in music, but in the human and professional relationships developed through the arts, specifically as they intersect with diversity issues. Check out the All Classical Portland Video Archive to learn about Jen and her take on promoting equity in the field of classical music.
Tune in this month, and throughout the year, to revel in the diversity that makes this art form so rich.