Upcoming Concerts

Our 2019 concert series will be held on January 26 and 27 at 3:00p.m. at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA.  More information will be available at a later date.

The African American Composers Initiative presented its ninth annual benefit concerts on January 27 and 28, 2018, at 3 pm at the Performing Arts Center of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA.

“Out of the Blues: The Gift of Song”  celebrated the tremendous range and depth of music composed by African American composers through the ages— music that soothes, animates, and inspires the spirit.

The concert featured a rich variety of musical styles: exquisite settings of spirituals by Roland Hayes, Hall Johnson, and Harry Burleigh, masterful instrumental music by William Grant Still, captivating songs and instrumentals by Chicago-based composer Regina Baiocchi, delightful new works by John Robinson and Valerie Capers, jazz trio and ensemble with Capers, including her celebrated rendition of Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train,” and beautiful songs by Florence Price, Roxanna Wright, Andre Myers, Charles Brown, and Charles Lloyd, Jr.


This program is supported by donations made to AACI through our umbrella organization, SFFCM.

AACI is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California.