Tonight at 4:30 p.m. EST, The Dream Unfinished will debut a new YouTube series spotlighting the economics and labor of learning repertoire outside of the classical music canon, lesser-known masterworks by underrepresented composers, diversity, equity, and inclusion within classical music, and concrete tips for everyday people to become instruments for change.
The first show, Dr. King and Black Musicology, will feature TDU’s Sarah Overton and Eun Lee with guest Melanie Zeck from the Library of Congress as they discuss two important figures in Black musicology: Dr. David Baker, renowned jazz musician, composer, and educator; and Dr. Dominique Rene De Lerma, oboist and musicologist who specialized in Black music history. Their discussion will delve into the ways both men’s lives were changed by Dr. King’s assassination and the legacies they left behind to the field of Black classical music.
TDU’s 2021 Season aims to tackle and unpack two topics this year:
Health Disparities Amongst Communities of Color
Turning Out the Teen Vote In NYC’s 2021 Elections
The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra whose mission is to use classical music as a platform to engage audiences in dialogues surrounding social and racial justice. TDU has people of color in the orchestra, in the music, behind the scenes, and in the audiences. They describe themselves as “an orchestra that looks and sounds like New York City, and through music, we explore pressing social issues affecting our communities.”