Thursday, February 17, 2011

That's the way God planned it


Another much needed move towards equality in classical music comes with the appointment of African-American Thomas Wilkins (above) to the post of Youth and Family Concerts Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A few nights back we saw Genius Within: The Inner life of Glenn Gould, aka 'the Foss family movie'. Glenn Gould's "we could be looking at thousands of dollars" radio documentary about Petula Clark gets a mention in the movie but her groundbreaking pressing the flesh with Harry Belafonte on prime time American TV in 1968 does not, so here is the link.

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4 comments:

Ninox said...

This post immediately brought to mind Dean Dixon, a marvellous conductor who was musical director of the Sydney Symphony in the sixties. When I looked at the Wikipedia to check the dates (1964 - 1967 ), I found that the major source of the wiki article was... On An Overgrown Path.

Pliable said...

Dean Dixon - http://www.overgrownpath.com/2008/10/dean-dixon-i-owe-him-huge-debt.html

also Rudolph Dunbar -
http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/04/berlin-philharmonics-first-black.html

Scott said...

Not to forget James DePreist.

redlymben.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_DePreist

Interesting trivia - he's the nephew of Marian Anderson.

JMW said...

Thanks for recognizing Wilkins' achievement!