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Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown; The classical heritage of African American musicians

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04/30/1976

In this clip Tanya Hart interviews classical musician Wendell English of Concerts in Black and White, Boston, a newly formed corporation providing classical music performances, about the rich heritage of classical music being performed by African American musicians in Boston since the turn of the 20th century. Overall in the rogram focuses on classical music performed by African American and Spanish-speaking musicians. Host Tanya Hart interviews classical musicians Wendell English (representing Concerts in Black and White, Boston, a newly formed corporation providing classical music performances) and Manuel Gonzalez (representing Opera 76, a company of Hispanic classical musicians). Topics include the work of each musician, the missions of their organizations, the reception of Gonzalez's opera Nela as the first Puerto Rican opera to be performed at Lincoln Center, New York City, and the difficulties minorities face in achieving recognition as classical musicians. Program includes performances by the Bridgetower Quartet, a group linked to Concerts in Black and White, and Opera 76 tenor Carlos Santana, as well as the "Community Calendar." Produced by Marita Muhammad Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Concerts in Black and Brown
Program Number

613

Title

The classical heritage of African American musicians

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on classical music performed by African American and Spanish-speaking musicians. Host Tanya Hart interviews classical musicians Wendell English (representing Concerts in Black and White, Boston, a newly formed corporation providing classical music performances) and Manuel Gonzalez (representing Opera 76, a company of Hispanic classical musicians). Topics include the work of each musician, the missions of their organizations, the reception of Gonzalez's opera Nela as the first Puerto Rican opera to be performed at Lincoln Center, New York City, and the difficulties minorities face in achieving recognition as classical musicians. Program includes performances by the Bridgetower Quartet, a group linked to Concerts in Black and White, and Opera 76 tenor Carlos Santana, as well as the "Community Calendar."

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Nela (Opera)
Bridgetower String Quartet
English, Wendell
African American musicians
African American orchestral musicians
Gonzalez, Manuel
Concerts in Black and White (Boston, Mass.)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Hart, Tanya (Host)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown; The classical heritage of African American musicians,” 04/30/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0EFCBE9B8E6049F387A38B37FEC6E011.
MLA: “Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown; The classical heritage of African American musicians.” 04/30/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0EFCBE9B8E6049F387A38B37FEC6E011>.
APA: Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown; The classical heritage of African American musicians. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0EFCBE9B8E6049F387A38B37FEC6E011
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