As the world begins to heal following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, people are taking another look at the ways in which racism has impacted institutions beyond law enforcement — including classical music. Not only does it require us to take a second look at ourselves, but also so much of the music that's become ubiquitous to the genre.
Composer Andre Previn, who died earlier this year, celebrated a career in classical music that few will ever achieve. But it wasn't enough to keep the Emmy Awards from showing a photo of the much-alive conductor Leonard Slatkin instead during a memorial tribute.
This Juneteenth, we're celebrating by featuring black classical music each hour on June 19. Learn more about six of the 24 pieces that classical host Garrett McQueen has picked to be featured in this year's Juneteenth celebration.
America's relationships with slavery, the civil rights movement and modern race-based challenges aren't the only things to think about for Black History Month. Members of the African diaspora have contributed to classical music since there was a "classical music." Here are nine notable performances of black pieces of music to explore.
The elite ensemble Sphinx Virtuosi, part of an organization that promotes inclusion and diversity in the world of classical music, is coming to the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Listen to their performance live at 3 p.m. Sunday on Classical MPR.
The Illharmonic Orchestra unites classically trained musicians with the music of 'old-school' hip-hop artists such as Wu-Tang, Lauryn Hill and the Roots to create a truly unique sound. Its latest album, 'Maniac Maestro,' is out now.