Pioneer Valley Symphony’s five-part virtual series, spotlighting American composers of color

Posted on: January 27, 2021

The Pioneer Valley Symphony in Massachusetts has launched “Musical Mosaic: America’s Composers of Color,” a virtual series featuring composers, conductors, and scholars in discussions of topics including Black choral music, the Asian immigrant experience, and the personal artistic journeys of contemporary Indigenous, Arab, and Latinx artists and composers. The five-session series launched on January 16 with conductor, composer, and educator Marques L. A. Garrett’s interactive presentation “Celebrating Black Composers,” focusing on overlooked Black choral composers. Additional sessions on January 27, February 7, March 24, and April 18 will be led by Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate; Asian American composers Eric Hung and Nancy Rao; Syrian American composer Kareem Roustom; and Peruvian-Brazilian composer Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann. The five sessions can be viewed individually or as a series, live or on-demand, and free access is available through more than 30 regional libraries in western Massachusetts; additional ticket discounts are available. Learn more at