18 episodes

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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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.

    Performance as Preservation - Dr. Everett McCorvey

    Performance as Preservation - Dr. Everett McCorvey

    Angela and Joshua explore the depths of the American Negro Spiritual with Dr. Everett McCorvey, noted tenor, conductor, and founder of the American Spiritual Ensemble. They explain how the American Negro Spiritual differs from gospel, its foundational relationship to American music, and how the art form transcended from the cotton fields to concert halls around the world.
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    • 43 min
    In the Bottoms: The True Song of the South - Robert Dett

    In the Bottoms: The True Song of the South - Robert Dett

    Joshua introduces Robert Nathaniel Dett, a quintessential Diasporic composer who blended African-American folk music traditions with classic European musical styles to create masterful and unique compositions. A performance by William Chapman Nyaho of Robert Nathaniel Dett's piano suite, In the Bottoms, is showcased to illustrate Robert Nathaniel Dett's prowess as a musical scenescape painter. 
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    • 25 min
    Variations on Vodou - Ric’key Pageot

    Variations on Vodou - Ric’key Pageot

    Joshua and Angela welcome acclaimed and multifaceted performer Ric’key Pageot to the show. He speaks about his recent journey to explore his Haitian heritage and  discovering an impressive trove of classical music inspired from a legacy of Vodou and revolution. They discuss an amazing piece by Haitian born composer Carmen Brouard entitled Baron la Croix. 
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    • 28 min
    The Accidental Activist - Marian Anderson

    The Accidental Activist - Marian Anderson

    On this episode, Angela enlightens us about a performer she refers to as an “accidental activist.” Marian Anderson was an amazing and groundbreaking performer who used her talents to blaze a trail and help move our country and our world toward a more equitable future. 
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    • 31 min
    The Spirituals Guru - Moses Hogan

    The Spirituals Guru - Moses Hogan

    Angela and Joshua  discuss the short but immensely impactful life of Moses Hogan and his contributions to music through making spirituals a standard part of choral repertoires. 
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    • 22 min
    Middle Passage Maestro - Ignatius Sancho

    Middle Passage Maestro - Ignatius Sancho

    Joshua and Angela reflect on the amazing life and music of Ignatius Sancho, who was born on a slave ship and orphaned shortly thereafter. Through dedication and application, he was able to escape the institution of slavery and make a huge contribution to the arts, including many great classical compositions.
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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