2/6/2016 0 Comments
Black is the Color
I'm in Detroit this weekend playing contrabassoon with the Sphinx Symphony. It's always amazing to be around so many beautiful musicians of color, who have not only met varied levels of success in the industry, but have risen to the top despite economic disadvantage, social inequality, and the pressures toward getting a "real job". Black is the color of sports and most popular music. How can we achieve this in classical music? For me the answer is being actively dedicated to diversity of body, mind, and spirit.
As I continue up the ladder I'm going to take my experiences from Sphinx and the Gateways Festival and apply what I've learned into my job and try to spread this sort of thinking amongst my colleagues. I shouldn't be the only black member of the Knoxville Symphony. I shouldn't fear wearing a #BlackLivesMatter t-shirt to rehearsal. February shouldn't be the only time someone says the name Chevalier de Saint-Georges. If you agree with me, find a way to actively make a change.
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