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January 15, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
San Francisco Ballet orchestra director Denis de Coteau will conduct the Afro-American Music Society Orchestra at USC on Saturday, celebrating the centennial birthday of legendary black composer William Grant Still. Garrett Morris, of "Roc" and "Saturday Night Live" fame, will be the featured soloist at the benefit performance. Morris, a tenor, will sing five arias from Still operas, including "This Land, This Dark Land" from "Troubled Island" and "In My Soul Flame" from "Bayou Legend."
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January 15, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
San Francisco Ballet orchestra director Denis de Coteau will conduct the Afro-American Music Society Orchestra at USC on Saturday, celebrating the centennial birthday of legendary black composer William Grant Still. Garrett Morris, of "Roc" and "Saturday Night Live" fame, will be the featured soloist at the benefit performance. Morris, a tenor, will sing five arias from Still operas, including "This Land, This Dark Land" from "Troubled Island" and "In My Soul Flame" from "Bayou Legend."
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May 9, 1993 | ERIN J. AUBRY
Although violinist Valencia Miller holds two academic degrees in music, she said her most profound education on the topic came outside the classroom. "When I joined the Afro-American Chamber Music Society, I was suddenly exposed to composers I never knew about," said Miller, a librarian at Cerritos College and violin instructor. "I only studied the European masters. This opened up a whole new world."
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May 9, 1993 | ERIN J. AUBRY
Although violinist Valencia Miller holds two academic degrees in music, she said her most profound education on the topic came outside the classroom. "When I joined the Afro-American Chamber Music Society, I was suddenly exposed to composers I never knew about," said Miller, a librarian at Cerritos College and violin instructor. "I only studied the European masters. This opened up a whole new world."
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June 20, 1993
The Afro-American Chamber Music Society will close out the 1992-93 season with a free performance featuring the works of old and new composers, including a tribute to baseball legend Jackie Robinson. The tribute to Robinson, written by composer Ed Bland, also marks the last concert in a June series celebrating Black Music Month. Bland is a local composer who has written classical compositions performed by the Detroit and Baltimore symphony orchestras.
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June 19, 1994 | SANDRA HERNANDEZ
The music and stories of the black experience are among the highlights of this year's Juneteenth celebration today at the William Grant Still Community Arts Center. Performances will include a broad spectrum of sounds ranging from early spirituals, gospel, classical music and the works of contemporary African American composers, including William Grant Still.
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November 23, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
The Afro-American Chamber Music Society opened its seventh season Sunday with "An Afternoon of Black Classical Music" guest conducted by Michael Morgan, music director of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He led the Society's scrappy 30-member orchestra in a fascinating program of obscurities: Someone had done some digging.
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February 3, 1991
Achievements and contributions made by African-Americans will be honored across the nation throughout the month of February in celebration of National Black History Month. Cerritos College will present a Black History Week Celebration running from Monday through Friday. African-American art and artifacts will be on display in the campus library through the week. The exhibit will feature posters depicting black accomplishments, historic prints and advertising, quilts and dolls.
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June 15, 2011 | Steve Lopez
I picked him up at 10:30 Monday morning. He was waiting on the sidewalk outside his apartment with a cello, a violin, a guitar, a trumpet, a walking stick and a backpack full of music. "Good morning, Mr. Ayers. " "Good morning, Mr. Lopez. " When Nathaniel Ayers and I go places together, I'm the driver. But he's the talent, as they say, so in a sense, I'm just along for the ride. Such was the case as we headed off to the Foshay Learning Center , a K-12 school near Western Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, where Mr. Ayers was slated to perform.
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June 2, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hodgepodge of entertainment featuring everything from Croation Kolo dancers to a performance piece about a Roman Catholic priest with AIDS will be presented at the downtown Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on Sunday. The free event, which will run from noon-5 p.m.
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June 15, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juneteenth started as a folk holiday in Texas and has spread around the nation as the date to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the Confederate states, was signed in September 1862 and became effective Jan. 1, 1863. In Texas, however, people remained enslaved even weeks after the Civil War ended in April 1865. It wasn't until Union troops, led by Maj. Gen.
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January 25, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's no secret that many artists have to work regular day jobs to support their creative passions. So when an artist decides it's time to quit that day job and survive only on the returns from his artistic work, things can get a bit scary. Such was the case for performance artist Luis Alfaro, who earlier this month quit his seven-year job as a personnel director for a sizeable automotive firm and gave up his comfortable Eagle Rock apartment.
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