WQXR looks at the role of black performers, composers and music industry figures throughout the month of February.

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No Boundaries: Music in the Life of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

At 10 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 15, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour special highlighting the life and music of composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

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The 'Afro-American' Symphony

Saturday, February 14, 2015

William Grant Still’s "Afro-American" Symphony was the first work by a black composer to be performed by a major orchestra. This week we walk through this composition.

About William Grant Still

Saturday, February 07, 2015

William Grant Still was known as the Dean of African-American composers. Learn about his life and music and listen to his daughter recall memories of her famous father.

American Orchestras Grapple With Lack of Diversity

Friday, February 06, 2015

Just over four percent of their musicians are African-American and Latino and when it comes to orchestra boards and CEOs, the numbers are even starker: only one percent.

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I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes

Sunday, February 17, 2013

At 10 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 8, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour radio special that shines a light on Langston Hughes's lesser-known musical compositions.

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The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

At 10 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 1, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price. 

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Timeline: A History of Black Classical Musicians

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A long history of black involvement with the concert hall precedes contemporary developments. View our timeline, which includes more than 200 years worth of events.

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Still Swinging, Still Classic: A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott

Saturday, February 26, 2011

At 9 pm on Saturday, Feb. 20, tune in for a musical portrait of Hazel Scott, a Juilliard-trained pianist who performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

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