Ma Rainey (1886–1939), known as the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers. Ma Rainey was born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia, on April 26, 1886, to parents Thomas and Ella Pridgett. She married William Rainey at the age of 18 and the two toured as performers with […]
William Grant Still’s career was comprised of many ‘firsts’. He was the first African American composer to have a symphony performed by a professional orchestra in the U.S., the Symphony no. 1 ‘Afro-American’ (1930). It was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic. The piece’s New York premiere was given by the New York
Victor Hugo Green was a pioneering traveler who wrote the first travel guide for African Americans in the United States. The Green Book, published in updated versions between 1936 to 1966, outlined the hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that did business with African Americans in a time where Jim Crow laws and racial segregation made
We are kicking off the new year with our next #FirebirdFeature. January’s feature is none other than Founder and Tour Director, Kathie Schmoll! We look forward to sharing more about Kathie and her brilliant work on Firebird Fine Arts Tours over the next month!
Each month, Firebird Feature shines a spotlight on individuals doing big things in education, travel, or the arts. This month, we sat down with composer and conductor, Daniel Muck. Firebird Fine Arts Tours: You have accomplished so much professionally at such a young age. Can you tell us more about how you began your work
Each month, Firebird Feature shines a spotlight on an individual doing big things in the arts, travel, or education. This month, we sat down with renowned conductor-composer Steven Sametz to talk about his background, his extraordinary career in choral conducting and composition, and how artists can continue to create in the pandemic. Firebird Fine Arts