Black Reflections is a three-part panel discussion on Black artistry in concert music hosted by Oberlin Conservatory and the New World Symphony. Conversations cover the historical and social context of Black musicians’ participation in concert music, the personal experiences of Black musicians, and reimagining a just and equitable future for Black artists in concert music. Panelists include Black artists, activists, scholars, and executives in classical music and jazz.
This project was created by New World Symphony Bass Fellow Michael Martin '17 shortly after the killing of George Floyd on May 25.
In the second of three live webinar discussions, A Just Future for Black Artists, moderator Christian McBride, the six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer and new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, talks with four esteemed panelists—Fort Worth Opera General Director Afton Battle, Northwestern University-Bienen School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery, Seattle Symphony cellist Joy Payton-Stevens, and Nashville Symphony Principal Oboist Titus Underwood.
For more information about this program, visit Black Reflections.
Black Reflections is funded and hosted by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New World Symphony. The series is also supported in part by the Sphinx Organization and Gateways Festival. Black Reflections is an NWS BLUE project, made possible with support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.