Shelley Greene Selected as A-List Wedding Vendor by Richmond Magazine Reply

Shelley GreeneHarmony of Virginia, founded by Shelley Greene (BM ’92, Harp), was selected a 2021 A-List Wedding Vendor by Richmond Magazine and one of three Top Wedding Industry Vendors in the Best Service Provider for Small or Backyard Weddings Category and in the LGBTQ-Friendly Vendor Category. Harmony of Virginia has been offering live music for virtual weddings as well as in-person events. Greene founded Harmony Of Virginia, a company for her services as a soloist harpist that promotes and facilitates the hiring of other professional African-American musicians.

Friedheim Library Digitizes Audio Recordings from 1984 National Black Music Theater Symposium Reply

The Friedheim Library has recently digitized the audio recordings of three 1984 concerts featuring works by Black composers. The three-day National Black Music Theater Symposium was held at Peabody in February 1984 as a co-production of the Peabody Institute and Morgan State University. The Peabody Chamber Orchestra and the Choral Ensemble of Morgan State presented the opera “Ernestine” by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in its first performance since 1777, with a lead performance by Prep alumna Yvette Matthews. Stanley Thurston conducted the Fernando Allen Singers in songs by James Bland and a world premiere of a Will Marion Cook arrangement. Visiting baritone Ben Holt performed songs with pianist Cliff Jackson. Recordings are now available in Peabody’s streaming collections.

Duo Sila Releases Traditions Reimagined Reply

Traditions ReimaginedDuo Sila – Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion) and Amanda Dame (MM ’19, Flute) – released their inaugural album, Traditions Reimagined, on February 26, 2021. The album explores the infusion of international music traditions within 20th Century music. They will host a virtual album release party on Sunday, February 28.