February 3, 2023

Artina McCain leads Austin Chamber Music’s Black Composers Concert. And it’s free.


Pianist Artina McCain returns to Austin Chamber Music Center to once again lead the organization’s annual Black Composers Concert.

“Celebration” will stream at 7:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 20. As with all of ACMC concerts this spring, tickets are free or pay-what-you-can. Go to

McCain curates Black composers concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for “Heritage,” an album of solo piano music by Black composers.

“Celebration” focuses on living Black composers as well the incredible legacy of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Afro-British composer who enjoyed considerable acclaim before his death in 1912 at the age of 37. On the program is Coleridge-Taylor’s Three-Fours Suite, Op. 71, No. 1 for piano.

Also on the bill is Toccata for solo piano (1953) by the late Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, an African-American composer named after Coleridge-Taylor. Perkinson, whose creative output spanned classical music, jazz and popular music, cofounded the progressive Symphony of the New World, was the music director for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and even briefly served as pianist for jazz great Max Roach’s quartet.

Other music featured in “Celebration” is by Fred Onovwerosuoke, Shirley Thompson, James Lee III, Valerie Coleman, Kerwin Young, Errollyn Wallen, Jeff Scott and Mark Lomax II.

Performers include McCain on piano, oboist Titus Underwood, bassoonist Maya Stone, the Adelante Winds ensemble, and pianist Kathryn Goodson.

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