Hartford Symphony Orchestra to host online panel discussion on racism in American orchestras on July 7

Hartford Symphony Orchestra to host online panel discussion on racism in American orchestras on July 7

Hartford, CT (June 30, 2020) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will host an online panel discussion, “Confronting Anti-Black Racism in American Orchestras” on Tuesday, July 7 from 4-5:30 pm. Click here to register for the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s8izZs2mSoOIiydduxiSww

The discussion will also be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/hartfordsymphony.

In light of the current Black Lives Matter movement, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is committed to examining its history of inaction to effectively confront the racist systems and structures that have long oppressed and marginalized Black musicians, composers, and communities. This process starts with listening to the lived experiences of Black artists who have faced such racism both on and off the stage.

Join renowned violinist and recent HSO guest artist Randall Goosby, along with other nationally-recognized artists and arts administrators, for a wide-ranging discussion on the Black experience in the orchestral field, and for an exploration on how the HSO can help make our art form more equitable and inclusive. The conversation will be moderated by HSO Education and Community Engagement Manager Timothy Brown.

Panelists include: 

Aaron Flagg: Chair and Associate Director, Juilliard Jazz; Secretary of the board and chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for the League of American Orchestras; Former dean and professor at The Hartt School, the University of Hartford

Randall Goosby: Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby (23), has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010 at age 13. He appeared with the HSO in January 2020 for The Four Seasons. 

Angela Griffin: K-12 Director of Music & Performing Arts for the Simsbury Public School District; Member of the HSO Board of Directors

Calida N. Jones: Assistant Director Education & Engagement at The Hartt School; Managing Partner CNJ Associates

Jolie Rocke, DMA: Soprano; arts educator; founder and partner, Equity Arts Enterprises LLC; former Hartford music teacher; former visiting professor Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University; member Alumni Board of Directors and Chair of Alumni of Color Taskforce for University of Hartford

Carlvin Sanon: Production and Library Manager, Juilliard School’s Jazz Studies Department

The HSO issued this statement on June 3, 2020: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is saddened and outraged by the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of those who should have protected him, and by the widespread oppression that has taken the life, liberty and dignity of so many African Americans.  We recognize the gap between our mission to serve every member of our community and our history of inaction in effectively confronting systemic racism and implicit bias.  In solidarity with our Black and brown neighbors, we are committed to look inward, and we acknowledge our responsibility to be a catalyst for change including staff and orchestra training, seeking out diverse talent, and developing more inclusive programming.

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