Classical Music Indy invites you to subscribe to a show that takes a fresh look at classical music. Join us as we shine a spotlight on musical works composed by, for, and about people of Black people. Hosts Angela Brown and Joshua Thompson take you inside the music and tell the stories behind the pieces with a perfect blend of lively conversation and no-nonsense straight talk. Full episodes coming March 18, 2020.
MMCM Theme (00:10):
Joshua Thompson (00:10):
Hey there. My name is Joshua Thompson, pianist and music sociologist. I am so excited to introduce to you Melanated Moments in Classical Music, a new podcast, celebrating the masterworks of Black composers and musicians brought to you by Classical Music Indy. If you’re curious who this podcast is for, well, the answer is everyone.
Angela Brown (00:35):
Because I was singing on stages of the world, looking out in the audience- I saw very few people that looked like me. Found out, Oh, white folks don’t like opera either. It’s about being exposed, it’s about knowing. And if you know, then you can grow.
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Joshua Thompson (00:53):
Join me and my world renowned, co-host Angela Brown, as we take you inside the music and explain the stories behind the pieces. This composer, his name is Thomas Wiggins.
Angela Brown (01:06):
Joshua Thompson (01:06):
Born into slavery.
Angela Brown (01:08):
Joshua Thompson (01:08):
And at a very, very young age, his slave owners noticed that Thomas wasn’t quite like everyone else. And if you get Angela and I in a room together, you already know we gon’ to have a fun time.
Angela Brown (01:22):
It was not an easy win, but when you are too stupid to stop, you don’t know how hard work. You have to enjoy this!
Joshua Thompson (01:29):
What you’re saying, so be stupid and have fun.
Angela Brown (01:33):
Be stupid and have fun! Exactly!
Joshua Thompson (01:33):
That’s a motto I can definitely get behind.
Angela Brown (01:35):
But be prepared! It’s about being prepared with no opportunity.
Joshua Thompson (01:39):
Our first episodes will be coming up in March of 2020. Make sure you don’t miss a single Melanated Moment by subscribing now on your favorite podcast app. See you all soon.
In this week’s playlist, we celebrate Black Music Month which takes place in June. It was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 to honor and celebrate Black artists’ contributions to music. We’ll be honoring the late Herman Whitfield III, an Indianapolis native who was a gifted pianist and composer. We’ll also hear performances of artists who have been featured in season four of Classical Music Indy’s podcast, Melanated Moments in Classical Music.
In this week’s Black History Month playlist, we bring you recordings by composers, performers, and artists who have been highlighted in our podcast, Melanated Moments in Classical Music. Melanated Moments is the ward-winning podcast from Classical Music Indy that shines a spotlight on musical works composed by, for, and about Black people.
Moses Hogan: A Bridge That Can Never Be Built Again Words by Okara Imani Just as Moses parted the Red Sea and ushered his people across treacherous terrain, so too did Moses Hogan usher into the unforgiving world of classical music, a Blackness so auth …
Margaret Bonds – Mastering The Movement Words by Okara Imani The concept of arts activism can be a bit ambiguous and vast. Being the child of a talented teaching artist and a contemporary of the Harlem Renaissance, Margaret Bonds took a more anthropolo …
Hey, Starshine! This is Okara Imani, Media Production Fellow for Classical Music Indy, and your guide to The “I” in Classical Music. I’m here to highlight the cultural and social intersections of the classical art form, beyond the Classical Period and beyond the constructs of Euro-centric high society origins.
Marian Anderson: Validating Her Existence Words by Okara Imani Joshua and Angela’s discussion of Marian Anderson’s career, in Melanated Moments in Classical Music podcast’s Season Two, Episode 5 “Accidental Activist” primes your mind’s canvas for this …
Ric’key Pageot: Inspiring a Moment to Learn, Acknowledge, and Respect Words by Okara Imani How about that five hundred dollar word, eh? Diaspora. Oxford Language generally defines it as “ The dispersion of any people from their original homeland, but s …
Nathaniel Dett: Painting Words in Music Words by Okara Imani A mere thirty seconds into Nathaniel Dett’s In the Bottoms Suite, the “Night” prelude has you ambling along the road home from work after the sun’s set. There’s a rich and full darkness expre …
Ignatius Sancho: Composing the Hypocrisy of Colonialism & Convention Words by Joshua Thompson Episode 3 from Season 2 of Melanated Moments in Classical Music is sure to go down as one of my favorite episodes of this podcast thus far. I distinctly r …
Laura Karpman: Catch the Fire of Storytelling in Stereo Words by Joshua Thompson The second episode of Melanated Moments in Classical Music highlights the expansive career of one of the most prolific and impactful musical storytellers of her time, Laur …
This week we bring you the music of Dr. Bill Banfield. Dr. Banfield is an award-winning composer whose symphonies, operas, chamber works have been performed and recorded by major symphonies across the country. Few have a wider, performed professional composing output, that has had public concert performances, reviews, radio, recordings of some 12 symphonies, 7 opera, 9 concerti, chamber, jazz, and popular forms. This alone making Dr. Banfield one of the most performed, recorded composers of his generation. In 2010 and 2016, Dr. Banfield served as a Pulitzer Prize judge in American music.
Angela Brown: The Making of a Mentor Melanated Moments in Classical Music Podcast, Season One, Episode Six Words by Joshua Thompson It comes as no surprise that one of the most popular episodes of Season One was Episode Six titled, Opera… from a Sist …
This is not a story to pass on: The Life of Margaret Garner and These United States. Words by Joshua Thompson Perhaps the most tragic and culturally traumatic feature of the first season of Melanated Moments in Classical Music is Episode 3, Laureate Li …
Recognizing the Remarkable: Thomas Wiggins Words by Joshua Thompson Of all the featured artists in Season One of Melanated Moments in Classical Music, I find Thomas Wiggins to be the most compelling and truly remarkable. Whether one analyzes the struct …
Angela Brown brings her unbridled zeal for classical music to a new podcast. Words by: Crystal Hammon If megawatt opera singer Angela Brown has her way, she’ll lead a life of few regrets. There will be no woulda, shoulda or couldas for this Indianapoli …
In a new podcast, co-host Joshua Thompson wants to share something that may surprise you: Black people contribute to classical music — and we always have. Words by Crystal Hammon Explore the archives of Joshua Thompson’s Facebook page and you’ll find t …
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Joshua Thompson is known for his tremendous skill as a pianist and for spearheading unique programs that highlight works by composers of African descent. Joshua Thompson: Opening Indy’s Eyes Joshua Thompson is a classic …