Take a Stand:
A Concert for Black Lives
September 10, 2020 at 7:30pm
"Take a Stand: A Concert For Black Lives" was offered in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and featured solo, orchestral, and chamber performances, as well as a panel discussion about the diversification of classical music.
Sonata No. 2 in E-flat for Two Violins - Joseph Bologne, arr. Pierce Yamaoka (Mitzy Nonaka, flute; Pierce Yamaoka, trumpet)
Original compositions - Clérida
The Joys of Bottomless Brunch: Three Improvisations for Bassoon - Joy Guidry (Joy Guidry, bassoon)
Starwater Taffy - Alice Jones (Priscilla Rinehart, horn)
Tableau No. VI for Solo Horn - Tyson Davis (Priscilla RInehart, horn)
Lyric for Strings - George Walker (PROTESTRA String Orchestra; Michelle Rofrano, conductor)
To Be - Christina Morris
Summerland - William Grant Still (Natasha Loomis, flute; Michelle Rofrano, piano)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor: II. Andante cantabile - Florence Price (PROTESTRA Orchestra; Michelle Rofrano, conductor)
In between musical selections were excerpts of an enlightening and thought-provoking panel discussion on the diversification of classical music.
Clérida Eltimé - Classically trained, hiphop/pop/R&B cellist
Joy Guidry - Bassonist and composer
Priscilla Rinehart - Horn, "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway; PROTESTRA Board Secretary
Moderated by Christina Morris, PROTESTRA Assistant Conductor
All proceeds and ticket sales went to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Black Classical Music Educators.