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Melanated Moments in Classical Music is a new podcast that shines a spotlight on musical works composed by, for, and about people of color. Melanated Moments is hosted by international opera soprano Angela Brown and music sociologist Joshua Thompson. For some listeners, Melanated Moments will uncover a hidden trove of classical music they never knew existed. For those with a deep knowledge of the genre, stories reflecting the cultural context of the African Diaspora will give a fresh voice to black contributions in the world of classical music.

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    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Melanated Moments in Classical Music is a new podcast that shines a spotlight on musical works composed by, for, and about people of color. Melanated Moments is hosted by international opera soprano Angela Brown and music sociologist Joshua Thompson. For some listeners, Melanated Moments will uncover a hidden trove of classical music they never knew existed. For those with a deep knowledge of the genre, stories reflecting the cultural context of the African Diaspora will give a fresh voice to black contributions in the world of classical music.

    Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View – Angela Brown

    Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View – Angela Brown

    On this episode, Angela walks us through her storied career, and shares some of her favorite performances with the help of her long-time friend, Janet Jarriel. 

    • 27 min
    A Circus Act No Longer – Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins

    A Circus Act No Longer – Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins

    Our featured composer this episode, Thomas Wiggins, is one of the most talented musicians of all time…who also happened to be non-verbal, blind, and born into slavery. Joshua tells us how in his own time, Wiggins was portrayed as a circus act rather...

    • 12 min
    Kitchen Table Masterpiece – A Woman’s Life

    Kitchen Table Masterpiece – A Woman’s Life

    On this episode of Melanated Moments, Angela gives us an inside look at the making of a masterpiece. She tells us how composer Richard Danielpour worked with literary legend Maya Angelou to set a number of poems for the iconic song cycle, A Woman’s...

    • 18 min
    Laureate Libretto – Margaret Garner

    Laureate Libretto – Margaret Garner

    The libretto for this week’s piece was written by poet laureate and iconic literary figure Toni Morrison. Margaret Garner is an opera that tells the story of an escaped slave who is captured but decides to kill her own children rather than see them...

    • 14 min
    Musical Royalty – Evelyn Simpson Curenton

    Musical Royalty – Evelyn Simpson Curenton

    Evelyn Simpson Curenton was born into one of the most musically gifted families of all time, and her talent still shined through. She is one of the most sought-after composers and musicians of her time. On this episode, Angela walks us through two of...

    • 16 min
    The Dean - William Grant Still

    The Dean - William Grant Still

    On our debut episode of Melanated Moments in Classical Music, Joshua introduces us to one of his favorite composers, William Grant Still. Known as the Dean of African American Composers, his Africa Suite transports the listener to the dawn of time and...

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Fun, relevant, and digestible

Really enjoying this podcast so far, especially how current and relevant it is. Classical music often evokes thoughts of long dead composers, but here we are reminded the classical music is not only diverse, but current. And of course, it is a treat to hear and learn about composers of color in the classical space. I love the pace and timing of the show as well.

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