Thursday, February 18, 2016
We're black the other eleven months of the year as well
On Feb 20th Kirk Smith conducts the Houston Symphony in a Black History Month concert celebrating the African American contribution to music. Which is good news. But, as John McLaughlin Williams comments in an email: "Kirk Smith is to be congratulated on helming a concert with a major American symphony this month. But the only thing detracting from this is that it is a Black History Month concert. I hate it when they trot us out in February for obligatory lip-service to diversity, as I like to say that we're black the other eleven months of the year as well. A concert in any other month would be true diversity".
In the video Kirk Smith conducts the the St. Petersburg State Symphony in the Andante cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Any copyrighted material is included as "fair use" for critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Also on Facebook and Twitter.