Michael Christie and New West Symphony present America the Melting Pot

Presented by New West Symphony

Concert Sun, June 27, 3pm PT; related talks June 24, 6pm PT & June 26, 7pm PT


This virtual festival, curated by Music and Artistic Director Michael Christie, embraces New West Symphony's belief that the arts have a critical role to play in capturing the most important stories of our times, expressing the lived experiences of all members of our society, and ultimately leading the way toward a more equitable, inclusive, and just world for all. America the Melting Pot culminates with a feature symphony concert program, streaming on Sunday, June 27 at 3pm PT, that promotes unity through music by presenting the works of Eubie Blake, Margaret Bonds, Valerie Coleman, Duke Ellington, Florence Price, Hazel Scott, William Grant Still, as well as featured guest artist, composer and double bass virtuoso, Xavier Foley. Additional guest artists for this performance include pianist and NPR series host Lara Downes, tenor Ashley Faatoalia, and violinist Eunice Kim.


Program Information: America the Melting Pot - Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

Premieres Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 3pm PT


Michael Christie, Conductor

The Glywn and Ruth Chase Music Director 


Valerie Coleman | Umoja

Florence Price | from Piano Concerto in One Movement

Hazel Scott | Peace of Mind

William Grant Still | Mother and Child for Strings

Margaret Bonds | He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (arr. Rabson) | Echoes of Harlem

Eubie Blake (arr. Arroyo) | Love Will Find a Way

Xavier Foley | For Justice and Peace

Foley | Cranberry Juice

Ellington (arr. Rabson) | I'm Just a Lucky So and So


Guest Artists:

Xavier Foley, composer, double bass

Eunice Kim, violin

Lara Downes, piano

Ashley Faatoalia, tenor



Additional Cultural Programs Included with a Concert Passport:


Pre-Concert Talk with David Ravetch

Presented Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6pm PT (not available on-demand) 


Meet the Artists

Premieres Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 7pm PT



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