Apollo Music

Deep River: Black Currents in Classical Music


There is a rich tradition of Black composers, conductors, and musicians in classical music, from William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman.

Dr. Howard Watkins, renowned pianist and Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, explores this lineage by curating a recital delving into the rich repertoire of Black American composers, featuring internationally acclaimed soprano Karen Slack. This illuminating musical performance is followed by an insightful panel discussion lead by Watkins and other scholars and luminaries in the field. Hosted by Jami Floyd, the Director of the Race & Justice Unit at New York Public Radio, and broadcast live from New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space.

A community engagement program co-presented by the Apollo Theater, WQXR/The Greene Space, and the American Composers Orchestra in support of The Gathering.

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Apollo Community Programs are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council Member Mark Levine.

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