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From choir teacher to touring with ‘Hamilton’
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From choir teacher to touring with ‘Hamilton’
When “Hamilton” first came on the scene, Nikisha Williams was teaching choir at a high school in Memphis, Tennessee. Her students went wild for the musical, and at their urging, Williams listened to the score and fell in love with it.
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Boston’s many Grammy nominees
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Boston’s many Grammy nominees
Boston musicians are a big presence at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, to be held on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Faculty and alumni from the city’s two world-class institutions of musical education abound. 
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Many ways to celebrate MLK Day
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Many ways to celebrate MLK Day
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful civil rights legacy at these events happening in Boston this weekend.
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Celebrity Series starts 2023 with powerhouse dance performances
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Celebrity Series starts 2023 with powerhouse dance performances
Celebrity Series welcomes 2023 this month with two groundbreaking dance performances by award-winning women choreographers of color: Stefanie Batten Bland’s “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner,” performed by Company SBB January 14-15, and LaTasha Barnes’ “The Jazz Continuum,” running January 19-21.
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H+H Emancipation Proclamation concert centers on water, spirituals
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H+H Emancipation Proclamation concert centers on water, spirituals
This year, the Handel and Haydn Society celebrates the 160th anniversary of their first Emancipation Proclamation Concert.
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Terri Lyne Carrington has new standards
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Terri Lyne Carrington has new standards
Terri Lyne Carrington released the album “New Standards, Vol. 1,” in July and followed this with a book, “New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers,” in  September.
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‘Black Nativity’ ushers in holiday season
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‘Black Nativity’ ushers in holiday season
For 52 years, Langston Hughes’ stirring telling of the nativity story has rung in the holiday season in Boston with gospel music, African drumming and a moving dance illustrating the birth of Jesus.
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Zakiyyah named Boston Children’s Chorus season partner
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Zakiyyah named Boston Children’s Chorus season partner
In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, Boston Children’s Chorus has partnered with local artist and activist Zakiyyah to bring original works and educational experiences to Boston.
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Going global with music education program
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Going global with music education program
The vibrant musical curriculum of Berklee College of Music is taking to new shores.
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Boston Modern Orchestra Project records Malcolm X opera
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Boston Modern Orchestra Project records Malcolm X opera
The world premiere recording of the revised version of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” was released in October by BMOP/Sound. Recorded at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre, where the opera was performed for one night only on June 17, the album has been nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award. 
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'Songs of Free Men' — reimagined spirituals debut at African Meeting House
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'Songs of Free Men' — reimagined spirituals debut at African Meeting House
A trio of talented musicians with Boston and Berklee College of Music roots bring a reimagined arrangement of African American spirituals to the African Meeting House on Dec. 1. Danny Rivera, Gavin Rushing and Matt Savage created the concert “Songs of Free Men” to celebrate the rich history of Black music and to unite everyone still searching for freedom.
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2022 Holiday Pops features diverse, multicultural program
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2022 Holiday Pops features diverse, multicultural program
Every December, the Boston Holiday Pops concerts ring in the festive season with carols, holiday stories and an appearance by Santa Claus. But in addition to the traditions that symphony-goers cherish, conductor Keith Lockhart brings in new, diverse components to the program every year.
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