Dear GSO Friend,
I have been a member of GSO Chorus for a number of years. It is encouraging and exciting to sing music of broad ethnic and racial diversity. Maestro Tim Verville (our music director) appears to choose music with a sense of inclusiveness. Early in his time as our music director, he went bold and brave to choose obscure music composed by a formidable African American composer. The concert brought together a diverse choral and audience that ended in spectacular fashion. Not only did Tim use the music of composers of color, he also brought to the stages soloists of color. Hence the upcoming concert seems to be a continuation of Tim’s belief that quality orchestral music comes from different groups.
The lesson I’d want our audience to take from this concert is that Tim Verville, GSO and GSOC will unapologetically perform the works of great composers. Hopefully some will leave wanting to know more about Samuel Coldridge-Taylor and Florence Price. Following the leadership of our music director, we will present music without regard for race, ethnicity or gender. Sometimes ART shows life as it ought to be.
James Banks, GSO Chorus Member