Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

An all-Black classical music competition is returning to Sacramento this month, constructing on a profitable run of exhibits final 12 months that drew packed audiences.

“Sacramento is our second residence so far as I’m involved as a result of in contrast to every other metropolis that now we have carried out in, the folks in Sacramento got here out,” stated Lee Pringle, the director and founding father of the Color of Music Pageant.

The competition is a classical music live performance that includes an all-Black solid of conservatory skilled musicians, composers and performers presenting piano, chamber, vocal performances, classical masterworks, and a literary presentation.

The performances are scheduled at a number of Sacramento venues from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18.

The Color of Music Pageant was established in 2013, originating from Charleston, South Carolina. The competition has been held in cities comparable to Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Nashville and Richmond.

Final 12 months’s performances, supported by the Metropolis of Sacramento and Go to Sacramento, marked the competition’s West Coast debut.

Go to Sacramento president and CEO, Mike Testa stated in a press launch that he’s thrilled to proceed the partnership with Color of Music, because the occasion continues to deliver musicians and leisure to town.

“Sacramento’s rising popularity as a music competition vacation spot, coupled with the world-class artists part of this occasion, makes for an thrilling expertise for our residents and guests,” stated Testa. “We’re hopeful the Color of Music will return for years to come back.”

Pringle expressed his gratitude and admiration for the range he noticed in Sacramento. He stated he was impressed by the variety of Black those who got here to help the exhibits in 2021. It was one of many deciding components for seeing the return of Color of Music.

“The Black folks in Sacramento got here out, which actually touched me,” stated Pringle. “I used to be proud to see my folks sitting within the viewers in massive numbers. As a result of identical to me, I do know that we’re very numerous folks in our style.”

Pringle’s mission is to reveal Black classical musicians to festivals. He additionally desires to encourage Black folks to realize an appreciation for classical compositions, particularly these created by Black composers.

The exposé options an ode to Edmund Thornton Jenkins, a pioneer for Black classical composers. The Color of Music Pageant Chamber Orchestra will play 4 of his compositions.

Different composers embody: Saturday Night time Reside’s keyboardist, Tuffus Zimbabwe, the good nephew of Edmond Thornton Jenkins; Paris-based violinist Romuald Grimbert-Barré; violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport; opera star Victor Ryan Robertson; pianist Elizabeth G. Hill and extra.

“These Black artists are credentialed however they don’t get the coveted spots,” stated Pringle. “I’m right here to provide these Black conservatory skilled musicians a platform to current the music that they get three levels to carry out.”

Tickets can be found for buy on-line right here, or by visiting www.colourofmusic.org.

You can even name the popular venue. Tickets may also be bought at every venue an hour previous to the beginning of the efficiency.

For the Metropolis Church of Sacramento, Metropolis of West Sacramento Galleria, or the Guild Theater in Oak Park, name 888-512-9835. For the Memorial Auditorium in downtown Sacramento, name 916-649-7900.

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Marcus D. Smith covers Black communities for The Sacramento Bee. Marcus is an alumnus of Texas Southern College in Houston. Marcus was raised in Sacramento and is happy to be again residence following his ardour in journalism.

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