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Black History Month Spotlight Series from Performance Today

Performance Today Spotlights Black Musical History Celebrate Black History Month with music, as Performance Today presents a new Black History Spotlight Series. You can hear the episodes throughout February on Classical 91.5 or online where you can see photos and learn more about each artist . Each of the 20 new episodes will feature a three-minute spot highlighting a black musician or composer, with additional content (including photos, videos and audio links) on the PT website and Facebook page . Spotlights include: Florence Price
Joseph Douglass (Grandson of Frederick Douglass)
George Bridgetower
Harry Thacker Burleigh
Hazel Scott
Joseph Bologne-Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Philippa Schyler
R. Nathaniel Dett
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Scott Joplin
William Grant Still
Will Marion Cook
Nora Holt
Eva Jessye
Ignatius Sancho
Francis Johnson
Thomas Wiggins
Zenobia Powell Perry
Harry Lawrence Freeman
John Blanke

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The San Diego Symphony just announced the appointment of 37-year-old Venezuelan native Rafael Payare as its new Music Director, to succeed Maestro Jahja Ling in July 2019.

Payare was raised in the same Venezuelan education program, El Sistema, as his friend and fellow conductor the 37-year-old Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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The bass-baritone was raised by a single mother in what he calls a “ghetto” of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  He says that growing up in apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa until 1991, almost guaranteed him a life of poverty and perhaps an early death.

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