The School of Music celebrates Black History Month during February in a program featuring works of some of the the most influential Black composers from the U.S., Cuba, Haiti, Canada, and Victorian England. The concert will take place on February 13, 7:30pm, in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, located on the Modesto A. Maidique campus.
Students from the Keyboard Studies Area will perform selected works in honor of composers including Ludovic Lamothe (1882- 1953), commonly referred to as the “Black Chopin”; Scott Joplin (1867-1917) dubbed “The King of Ragtime”; and William Grant Still (1895-1978). He was the first African-American, classical composer to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, and to have an opera performed on national television. He is often referred to as “the Dean” of African-American composers.
Enjoy the music of another featured composer, George Walker, an American composer, and the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Here, he reflects on his life.