Classical musicians as activists for change

Posted on: July 13, 2016

On Tuesday (7/12) at New York classical radio station WQXR, Amanda Angel lists six “classical musicians and organizations that are actively working to improve the lives of people and their habitats around the globe… On Wednesday, The Dream Unfinished will present ‘Sing Her Name’ at Cooper Union’s Great Hall … [marking] the one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death…. Daniel Barenboim has announced … a new Berlin-based academy for Arabic musicians … named the Barenboim-Said Academy [which] will provide music instruction as well as foster cross-cultural dialogues. It opens this fall.… Earlier this year, the African-American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, along with MacArthur Fellow and pianist Jason Moran, descended into a Harlem crypt to play Moran’s new arrangement of the old spiritual ‘There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names’ … [a] tribute and endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement…. John Luther Adams has been bringing attention to climate change in the Arctic for decades.… French pianist Hélène Grimaud’s … Wolf Conservation Center … [is] committed to safeguarding two endangered species: the Mexican grey wolf and the red wolf…. Raised in Syria, pianist and composer Malek Jandali came to the U.S. in 1995…. His concert tour ‘The Voice of the Free Syrian Children’ has brought attention to this cause over the past several years.”

Posted July 13, 2016

Pictured: Syrian-American pianist and composer Malek Jandali performs on a public piano in a railway station mall in Paris, May 8, 2014, shortly after his home-city of Homs was evacuated. Photo by AFP / Ammar Abd Rabbo