LHI: Jon Boyd on George Walker, first African-American to win Pulitzer in music

Feb 25, 2014

 Let's Hear It host Cara Lieurance and Jon Boyd, a senior majoring in music at Western Michigan University, discuss the life and music of George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer prize in music, and the composer of over 90 published works.

Jon Boyd
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  Tuesdays in February on Let's Hear It, Cara Lieurance and Jon Boyd illuminate the music of classical composers of color. A violist with a lively interest in sharing the rich history of music performed and written by individuals of mixed or non-European ancestries, Jon discusses composers such as Joseph Bolougne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, and George Walker. Each program also features a concert highlight of the Sphinx Virtuosi, a touring ensemble of award-winning Black and Latino musicians.