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3:23 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode To Musical Joy In Central Africa

A member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste plays outdoors in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 2:34 pm

An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections.

Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty and corruption.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:20 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mahler For The People: The L.A. Philharmonic In Caracas

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, on tour last month in Caracas, Venezuela.
Brian Lauritzen KUSC

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:32 pm

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, have just returned from a tour in Caracas, Venezuela, where they performed Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:34 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Florence Price Rediscovered

In 1933, Florence B. Price was the African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra.
University of Arkansas Libraries

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:23 am

Born in Arkansas in 1887, Florence B. Price (née Smith) moved to Boston at age 14 where she enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Frederick Converse and privately with George Chadwick. After graduating in 1906, she returned to Arkansas and held several teaching positions until 1927 when her family moved to Chicago.

Continuing her composition studies there, she would go on to write some 300 works and become the first black woman in the U.S. to be recognized as a symphonic composer. The two works on this new album testify to her art.

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