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The African American Composer Initiative (AACI) magnifies the works of living and historical African American Composers by presenting this music in concert and sharing these live performances here. Here you will find a catalog of the works we have performed, video links to the performances, and information on obtaining scores.

Thanks to those who attended (or performed in) our most recent concert, “A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers,” Jan. 30-31, 2016.

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Featured Video selections:

​Duke Ellington/Valerie Capers – “Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing.”​ was performed by Valerie Capers, John Worley, John Monroe, Rufus Olivier, Carol Somersille, John Robinson, and Jim Kassis on January ​30 & 31​, 201​6​ during the concert “​A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers” at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​


“Nobody Knows the Trouble I Seen”, arranged ​by ​William Grant Still​, was performed by Josephine Gandolfi, Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, Rufus Olivier, and Carol Somersille on​ January 24 & 25, 2015, during the concert “Walk Together: A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr, and the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965​”​ ​ ​at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​

Margaret Bonds “You Can Tell the World”​ was performed by Yolanda Rhodes​ and​​ LaDoris Cordell​​ on January 26, 2014 during the concert “Let Freedom Ring: The Resounding Music of African American Composers​”​​ at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​


Florence Price “Night”​ was performed by Yolanda Rhodes and Deanne Tucker on January 30, 2011 during the concert “Music by African American Composers: Yesterday and Today” ​at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​


Joshua McGhee “The Color of Love”​ was performed by Josephine Gandolfi, Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, and John Robinson on​ January 24 & 25, 2015, during the concert “Walk Together: A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr, and the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965​”​ ​ ​at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​​

Dolores White “Glaciers”​ was performed by Deanne Tucker on January 27, 2013 during the concert “Music by African American Composers: The Story Retold” ​at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​​

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, arranged ​by ​Valerie Capers​ was performed by the entire company on January ​30 & 31​, 201​6​ during the concert “​A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers” at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA​​

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One hundred percent of concert ticket proceeds and donations designated to benefit Eastside College Preparatory School go directly to the school. AACI seeks donations through this website to help further its mission of commissioning new works from African American composers and to assist with concert production and recording expenses. To date, every concert has included the premiere of new vocal and chamber works by composers Dr. Valerie Capers and Joshua McGhee, a manifestation of AACI’s commitment to the ongoing creativity of today’s composers.

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