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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 highlighting the history and works of composers from diverse backgrounds. 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 episode highlights several composers from a shared cultural identity. The series includes guest appearances by composers Libby Larsen, Beata Moon, Dawn Avery, Milad Yousufi, Bronx Arts Ensemble Artistic Director Judith Insell, cellist Tomoko Fujita, pianist Adrienne Kim, and more.

Episode 9 highlights the stories and short musical examples of composers from the Middle East and Afghanistan: Kareem Roustom, Aida Shirazi, Milad Yousufi, Shulamit Ran, and Solhi al-Wadi.


Episode 8 features the stories and short sound bites of music selections by composers from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean: Carlos Chavez, Roberto Sierra, Gabriela Ortiz, Silvestre Revueltas, Benjamin Gutierrez, and Paquito D'Rivera.


Episode 7 shares the stories and short sound bites of selections of Indigenous American composers. The challenge with this session is that it is difficult to find scores and recordings of chamber music by some of these artists. We hope to inspire research and performance projects to bring these works to light. For example, Louise W. Ballard is considered the father of Native American composition, but there are few or no YouTube recordings of his chamber works. We hope that changes. On this episode we share the music of Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, Raven Chacon, Brent Michael Davids, George Quincy, and Dawn Avery.


Episode 6 shares the stories and short musical examples of composers in the LGBTQ+ community. We are featuring composers Jennifer Higdon, Caroline Shaw, David del Tredeci, Julius Eastman, Miguel del Aguila, and Angela Morley.
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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.

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