Black History meets Classical Music

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If you’ve been going to classical music concerts for more than twenty years, you’ll probably agree that the racial make-up of the orchestra and the audience has remained largely non-black.

Compared to other music industries in our culture classical music seems to be behind the winds of change. When I taught a Music Appreciation course at Morehouse College, my students were always amazed and bewildered by the number of black composers, performers, and educators in the field. In honor of Black history Month, I'd like your help in compiling a list of black men and women who've made and are making contributions in the world of classical music. Thanks!