Sunday, March 22, 2009

San Francisco Symphony Publishes 48 Page 2009-10 Seasonal Brochure Featuring Zero Images Of African-American Classical Musicians Or Patrons

Kerry James Marshall; Visible Means of Support: Monticello and Visible Means of Support: Mount Vernon, 2009; acrylic latex on canvas; courtesy of the artist; © Kerry James Marshall via San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website.


San Francisco Symphony website


All of the youth orchestras to which I belonged -- the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, the Maryland All-State Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Berkeley High School Orchestra -- were multi-racial as to their memberships, guest soloists, American classical repertoire, and permanent conductors.


American classical conductor Denis de Coteau

Denis de Coteau died in 1999 at the age of 70, after a celebrated career including a 24-year stint as music director of the San Francisco Ballet.

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Blogger joseph said...

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7:23 PM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Joseph, I see a handful when I attend the National Symphony Orchestra, and more than a handful when I attend the Oakland East Bay Symphony, under Michael Morgan. In Washington, the Bach Consort also has African American vocal soloists. (There are "countless" other fine African American singers from the Washington D.C. area.)

African Americans are noted as guest conductors in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe (despite racism in the Russian Federation and elsewhere in the region, which organizations such as the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington, Moscow, and Kyiv, is trying to counteract.)

Frankly, I can't quite recall whether I saw African American musicians the last times that I attended the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, or the Berlin Phil (for examples).

Thanks for commenting.

7:09 AM  

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