Diversifying Classical Music

February 18, 2011  |  

Opera singer Angela M. Brown is trying to bring her passion to her people. Brown has developed a recital program called “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View” where she hopes to encourage appreciation for the classical music sound. The Indianapolis-born singer was inspired to create the program after repeatedly looking out into the audience and seeing “a sea of monochromatic people.”

But it’s not just about color, Brown wants to debunk the myth that opera is something only older, rich people enjoy. She says she’s especially passionate about letting children know the world of opera and classical music is not closed to them.

“I needed to be able to step up my game and at least let people know I’m here, especially kids. It’s my way of contributing to the cultural atmosphere and letting them know, I’m here and there are people who look like you here.”

You can read the rest of Brown’s story over at Black Voices.

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