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The African American Composer Initiative (AACI) magnifies the works of living and historical African American Composers, principally piano, vocal, and chamber music, by presenting this music in concert and sharing these live performances here. Our purpose is to increase awareness of this vast and rich repertoire among the listening public and performing musicians alike, sparking further explorations and performances.

In the media: • San Jose Mercury News, Concert Triumph (Jan. 27, 2014)
• Palo Alto Weekly, Reclaiming history through music (Jan. 17, 2014)
• Palo Alto Weekly, Empire State of Mind (Jan. 25, 2013)
• Palo Alto Weekly, A Mission of Music (Jan. 21, 2011)

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"Blues for the Duke" was performed by Valerie Capers, John H. Robinson III, Yolanda Rhodes, LaDoris Cordell, Carol Somersille, and Deanne Tucker on Sunday, January 29, 2012 during the concert "A Musical Sojourn: Two Hundred Years of Music by African American Women and Men " which took place at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA


"Swing low sweet chariot" - Prelude, Nocturne, Ballad, Spiritual Piece (folk song) by Joshua McGhee was performed by Yolanda Rhodes, Josephine Gandolfi, Victoria Ehrlich, and Susan C. Brown on Sunday, January 29, 2012 during the concert "A Musical Sojourn: Two Hundred Years of Music by African American Women and Men " which took place at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA.


"It's Me O Lord" written by Betty Jackson King was performed on Sunday, January 24, 2010 during the concert "A Concert in Tribute to African American Composers" which took place at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA.


"Song of the Seasons" - Summer by Valerie Capers was performed on Sunday, January 29, 2012 during the concert "A Musical Sojourn: Two Hundred Years of Music by African American Women and Men " which took place at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA.


"Dark Horseman" from "Three Visions" by William Grant Still was performed by Deanne Tucker on Sunday, January 24, 2010 during the concert "A Concert in Tribute to African American Composers" which took place 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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