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Music Enrichment:
Black Classical Music History

(now running)

“Black Classical Music Discovery”
with Titus Underwood

an online education series

Join us as we welcome Titus Underwood for his “Black Classical Music Discovery” a four-part zoom series presented by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, to be held live (and recorded):

  • January 11, 2023 | recording available for all enrolled students
  • January 18, 2023 | 7:00 pm
  • February 15, 2023 | 7:00 pm
  • February 22, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Please don’t worry if the original class times are inconvenient for you. Each class will be recorded and available for you to watch whenever you wish and as often as you wish for a full month following its original showing.

Black Classical Music Discovery explores the contributions of Black composers to Classical music. Since historical and cultural context plays an integral role in Titus’ class, he draws a line from 18th-century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges to modern-day composers. He delves deeply into the music of these artists, as well as the cultural zeitgeist and events surrounding them. Underwood states “You can’t talk about Shostakovich without talking about Stalin. You can’t talk about Beethoven without talking about Napoleon. In the same way, you can’t talk about William Grant Still without talking about the Harlem Renaissance and Jim Crow.” Understanding the historical events and viewpoints surrounding a composition’s creation brings a richer interpretation and expression as a performer, one that goes beyond the printed page.

Principal oboist of the Nashville Symphony, Titus Underwood is passionate about creating projects that advocate for and showcase Black artists. Titus brings his artistic vision to reimagine classical music. His most acclaimed project, a timely rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice’ became a viral internet sensation with over 1 million views and his project “We Are Nashville” won the 2021 Midsouth Regional Emmy®.