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2020/2021 Season

the unsung: a nyys chamber music series

We are excited to share this series of short educational videos showcasing the history and works of composers from historically underrepresented communities. The series is part of a new repertoire initiative led by NYYS Chamber Music Director Dr. Lisa Tipton, and Assistant Director Tylor Thomas, as part of the 2020/21 season. Each show features works by five composers, including women and members of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. The series includes guest appearances by composers Libby Larsen and Beata Moon, Bronx Arts Ensemble Artistic Director Judith Insell, cellist Tomoko Fujita, pianist Adrienne Kim, and more.

Episode 5 features music by composers from South America; Mozart Camargo Guarnieri, Teresa Carreño, Gabriela Lena Frank, Alberto Ginastera, and Osvaldo Golijov.

Episode 4 features the stories and short sound bites of selections of Asian composers Reena Esmail, Bright Sheng, Kenji Bunch, Ananda Sukarlan, and Beata Moon.

Episode 3 features the history and music of trailblazing women composers Florence Price, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, Libby Larsen, and Joan Tower.

Episode 2 features the history and music of pivotal and groundbreaking composers of color Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. George, William Grant Still, Sam Coleridge Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, and George Walker.

Episode 1 showcases the history and works of Urban Classical composers David Baker, Wynton Marsalis, Jeff Scott, Valerie Coleman, and Jesse Montgomery.