Ralph Jones is a very talented composer, educator and performing artist. He holds a Master’s degree in African American Studies (Ethnomusicology Emphasis) and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology, both from UCLA. He has also played with a lot of legendary musicians in Detroit, including Marcus Belgrave and Wendell Harrison. Marty Fischhoff interviews fellow Cass Tech alumni, Ralph Jones about his story.
Detroit Performs: Some may consider it a lost art, especially after fashion photography became popular in the 1930’s. Nicole Jarecz is a fashion illustrator who expresses her creativity through sketching.
Margaret Lioi is the CEO of Chamber Music America (CMA). CMA is a non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking and funding resources. Aaron Dworkin, host of Arts Engines and Professor of Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan interviews Margaret about the challenges faced by musicians today and what she’s telling her members.
Carr Center & Co.act Detroit: Co.act Detroit is helping non-profits meet their missions by awarding 1.4 million dollars in grants thought it’s new Activate Fund. One of the recipients is Detroit’s Carr Center, which works to preserve African American cultural traditions. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan spoke with Oliver Ragsdale, President of the Carr Center and Allandra Bulger, Executive Director of Co.act Detroit to find out more.
End Performance: Elijah Anderson premiered on DPSCD 51st Anniversary Evening of Fine Arts Concert singing the popular tune made famous by George Benson and later by Whitney Houston, The Greatest Love of All. He is a talented student with a bright future!