Classical concert in New York to address issues of civil rights and racism

Posted on: July 17, 2015

On Wednesday (7/15) at New York classical radio station WQXR, Brian Wise writes about The Dream Unfinished, a group of young classical musicians whose July 17 orchestra concert in Manhattan “joins the chorus of calls for civil rights, social justice and an end to systemic racism.” The Dream Unfinished is founded by clarinetist Eun Lee, conductor James Blachly, and Burt Mason, a trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Their Friday program “is unconventional, with more than half of it devoted to the African-American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978), and the rest to works by Leonard Bernstein … and contemporary New York composer Jessie Montgomery. The organizers have enlisted several speakers including Erica G. Snipes-Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who died after being put in a white police officer’s chokehold in July 2014; Joy Reid, a correspondent for MSNBC; and Vernon Wells, a retired sergeant of the New York City Police Department. Blachly will conduct and WQXR host Terrance McKnight will emcee…. Proceeds from Friday’s concert are to support several organizations including the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice Reform and Accountability, a police organization.” Also included is a video link to Dream Unfinished flash mobs.

Posted July 17, 2015

Pictured: The Dream Unfinished musicians in rehearsal, July 16, 2015.