Join me at a new time, Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 a.m. for The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. I speak with WCLK's own Morris Baxter about his upcoming Birthday Celebration on February 15 at Revel, partially benefiting the Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra. Morris explains that he became familiar with this organization when they reached out to him and his daughter, an aspiring cellist, about joining their group. He was so impressed with this organization that promotes strings and orchestral music to young African American students, that a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming birthday celebration will benefit the Sinfo-Nia.
David Robinson, III, founder of Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra, joins our conversation and explains how the organization came about. He also shares the names of several "forgotten" African American orchestral composers including William Grant Still whose's name is part of their formal name The Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia Orchestra of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Sinfo-Nia's fundamental purpose is to give talented, young artists an opportunity to perform a variety of multicultural productions, become more proficient musicians, travel, meet other young artisans, prepare to earn college scholarships, and consider careers in the music/dance industry. The orchestra has partnered with a sister school of music in Jamaica.
I ask Mr. Robinson about graduates of their program and the variety of artists that the orchestra has worked with-- from Sweet Honey In The Rock to Fifty Cent.
He invites our listeners who are interested in learning more to join them for classes and rehearsals at the First Congregational Church of Atlanta during the school year on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
For more information about the Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra