Helen Hagan, (1891-1964) was a Black woman composer, concert pianist, Yale graduate, and the only African American woman to be sent to France to entertain the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI. Her Piano Concerto in C Minor is her only surviving composition, and had only been heard by few, up until now.This past Friday, in the very concert hall where Hagan debuted this composition, the Yale Philharmonia premiered a reimagined orchestral arrangement of its first movement, composed by Soomin Kim. Pianist and musicologist Samantha Ege proudly took Hagan’s spot as the featured soloist.
Source: 110 Years After Her Debut, The Work of A Black Woman Composer Is Heard Once Again
- Whether or not a man convicted of abusing African ‘orphans’ is exonerated, the missionary system that brought him to Kenya was always deeply flawed - June 2, 2023
- Power of touch: how blind women are helping detect breast cancer in India | Global development | The Guardian - June 2, 2023
- Texas Anti-Trans Laws Target Intersex People, Too – The Texas Observer - June 1, 2023