Handel and Haydn Society & Early Music America Present Black Musicians in Early Music

By Francisco Salazar

On Feb. 21, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) and Early Music America (EMA) will celebrate the contribution of musicians of color with a panel discussion featuring leading Black musicians in the field of early music.

The discussion will be led by Dana Whiteside and will feature conversations with Joseph McHardy, Reginald Mobley, Patricia Ann Neely, Rachel Redmond, and Jonathan Woody.

Whiteside will also open up the conversation to questions from the audience watching the livestream.

McHardy is a harpsichordist who performs regularly with La Serenissima, the London Handel Orchestra, and the King’s Consort. Meanwhile, Mobley is a world-renowned countertenor who has performed at the Budapest Festival Orchestra and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Neely plays the viola da gamba and has appeared with the Folger Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Players and Viol Consort, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, among others.

Redmond is a soprano who has performed with the Opera Comique, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music while Woody is a bass-baritone who has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated.

Audiences can wact the conference on the EMA’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.