Classical Music from a Black Mom's Perspective with WXXI's Classical 91.5

Classical Music from a Black Mom's Perspective with WXXI's Classical 91.5

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Together Classical, WXXI, and Gateways Music Festival bring you a special online event commemorating Black History Month.

Opera singer and WXXI Classical host Kearstin Piper Brown and bassoonist and Trilloquy podcast Executive Producer Garrett McQueen co-host this musical celebration. They will be joined by Gateways Music Festival President and Artistic Director Lee Koonce and together they will share some of their favorite musical performances from the 2020 Gateways Music Fest, including concert pianist and "Mother" of Gateways Music Festival, Armenta Adams (Hummings) Dumisani.

Join Kearstin, Garrett, and Lee as we watch together incredible performances, play some trivia, and maybe even score a giveaway! Together let's celebrate Ms. Dumisani and how she continues to inspire our generation of musicians of African descent right from the comfort of your very own home.


What: A special online event commemorating Black History Month

When: Tuesday, February 23, 7-8 PM EST

Where: Zoom (a link will be emailed to you once you register.

How: This event is free, but reservations are required. Click here to register.

More about our co-hosts:

Kearstin Piper Brown, an American soprano, has appeared in critically acclaimed opera, musical theatre, and concert performances around the world. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Brown is a graduate of both Spelman College and Northwestern University. Highlights of her performances as a concert soloist include an appearance at the Palais Augarten in Vienna, a gala of American music with the Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Lebanon Symphony, a concert with the Rochester Early Music Festival, the Festival Classique’s Opera Under the Stars concert with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and the Edison Awards Gala 2010 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Garrett McQueen, a proud native of Memphis TN, has performed as a bassoonist in venues across the country, including Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Detroit's Max M. Fischer Music Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall.  As well as working as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he has collaborated with ensembles including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Today, Garrett "performs" over the airwaves and on the digital stage, with content featured on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and local public radio stations across the country. Additionally, he's given music and racial equity presentations at the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization's annual conference, the Kennedy Center's Shift Festival, and at countless schools, colleges, and universities. In 2017, Current named McQueen "a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should."

More about the Gateways Musical Festival:
The mission of Gateways Music Festival is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. Founded in 1993 by concert pianist and now-retired Eastman School of Music associate professor Armenta Hummings Dumisani, Gateways brings 125 select musicians to Rochester, New York, from across the United States and abroad for more than 50 performances at concert halls and community venues throughout the region. In May 2016, Gateways Music Festival formally associated with the Eastman School of Music, a Festival partner since 1995.