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Justin Austin

Ricky Ian Gordon:  Luck

Ricky Ian Gordon: Luck

During my rehearsals with Ricky Ian Gordon for our concert on September 18, I noticed that in his home there was a framed poem on top of the door to his studio. I asked him about it, and he expressed to me that it meant a lot to him, and was one of the most...

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Margaret Bonds:  Minstrel Man

Margaret Bonds: Minstrel Man

Right after I left Opera Theatre of St. Louis last summer, I went to West Palm Beach Florida. I was competing in the national rounds of a year long competition presented by NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians) NANM is the oldest organization for the...

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Ricky Ian Gordon:  When Sue wears Red

Ricky Ian Gordon: When Sue wears Red

Last summer while I was a festival artist at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, I received an assignment to participate in a special Ricky Ian Gordon presentation. Nine singers were to be featured in concert performing a variety of pieces by Gordon. I initially declined...

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