Antoine Clark to conduct Cincinnati Symphony in program highlighting Black culture in American music

Posted on: May 16, 2022

On June 11, conductor Antoine T. Clark—the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 2022 MAC Music Innovator—will lead the CSO in a concert at Cincinnati’s Word of Deliverance Ministries highlighting Black culture in music through folk music, spirituality, and social justice. The concert will feature Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”); James Lee III’s Ameri’can; Florence Price’s Adoration; Carlos Simon’s Amen; and Joel Thompson’s breathe/burn: an elegy, which was written in memory of Breonna Taylor and will feature cello soloist Denielle Wilson, a 2019-21 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Diversity Fellow, and spoken word artist Kaylaa Betts. The concert is a culmination of Clark’s season-long MAC Music Innovator residency with the CSO, which focuses on lifting the voices of underrepresented groups in classical music. As part of his residency, Clark visited Winton Woods High School to guest-conduct the school orchestra and spent time with students at MyCincinnati, an ensemble-based youth development organization that provides free music education. On June 7, Clark and Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell will discuss the life of conductors in a free event at Church of Our Savior in Mt. Auburn.