Presenting AfroClassical Composers’ mission is to increase knowledge and appreciation of legacy and living composers of the African Diaspora through live performances of their compositions, interpreted by culturally diverse musicians and framed by interdisciplinary community conversations
Now more than ever, we cannot simply erase from the global repertoire in classical music – and from our cultural awareness and embrace – the brilliant works of George Walker, Florence Price, Hale Smith, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint Georges), W. Grant Still, Ulysses Kay, Tania Leon and many others. Read more..
Presenting AfroClassical Composers is unique in that performances at its events feature excerpts and sections of curated compositions, rather than performing them in their entirety. This offers listeners a much wider range of repertoire and composers, while providing more cultural context than do conventional performances of entire compositions. Printed programs provide listeners with information for expanded discovery and learning after, and inspired by the presentation.
All performances are framed by interdisciplinary discussions with expert panelists, concluding with interactive, community/audience discussion (talkbacks). The organization focuses on works by accomplished composers of the African Diaspora that prior to George Floyd’s death, were rarely included in subscription concerts by similar organizations who receive public funding from LA County (like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra).
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