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Rachel Barton Pine visits The Artist Sessions to explore composers of African descent / examiner.com

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Yesterday evening in the Salon of the Hotel Rex, Lara Downes presented the latest installment of The Artist Sessions, her occasional series of "close encounters between musicians and audiences" (her words). Her guest for this particular event was violinist Rachel Barton Pine; and the central topic of both conversation and performances was composers of African descent. The program was framed by the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor from England and William Grant Still from the United States. Taken together, the careers of these two composers spanned about three-quarters of the twentieth century; yet their presence on concert programs has never been much more than sparse.

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