Now is the time that as artistic director, I am selecting compositions to be performed, contracting performers; securing venues; gathering & managing information for printed programs; discussing with/inviting, scheduling and contracting experts/practitioners in complimenting disciplines for the community discussion and establishing marketing, outreach channels. There are also the tasks of securing the printed music, securing rehearsal spaces, contracting tech professionals for lighting/sound and recording, as well as myriad behind-the-scene tasks required to have a successful performance. As you can imagine, that requires much work, assistance and funding.
I believe it is import for all of SoCal’s diverse economic, ethnic, education and age demographics to see and hear first-hand, live examples of AfroClassical composers’ works performed by musicians who reflect our local diversities. The world of Classical music is enriched by music of a diverse set of talented composers and performers.