upcoming CTS Concert: February 2018 in Atlanta, GA
Challenge the Stats is a concert series that celebrates high-caliber artists of color and sheds light on the vast under representation of minorities in the performing arts.
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Angelica Hairston, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Master of Music Industry Leadership at Northeastern University as a 2015 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship. Angelica studied with world renowned harpist Judy Loman at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, where she received a Harp Performance Diploma, in addition to a Bachelor of Music from Thompson River University. Angelica was a member of the highly-selective Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program for six years (2006-2011), where she was a student of ASO principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Angelica has attended summer music programs at the National Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Saratoga Harp Colony, International Harp Academy of the Pacific in Powell River B.C. and the Judith Liber Harp Masterclass in Lake Como, Italy. She has performed concertos with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony, and the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra. As a passionate solo and chamber musician, Angelica has a deep interest in creating platforms for minority musicians in classical music.
Featured musicians CTS 2016 in Boston
Jasmine Nicole Robinson is a Soprano from Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from Boston Conservatory with a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. She most recently performed the role of Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) in an opera scenes performance with the New England Opera Intensive. In 2014, she participated in the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany performing as Giselda in I Lombardi (Verdi) and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart). Jasmine is currently pursuing a career in opera performance.
Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist engaged in regular performances of classical, jazz and world music. As an internationally acclaimed performer, he has played in venue from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to the Salle Gaveaux in Paris, France. His summer study includes the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Castleton Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Mission Jazz Artist Advance, and the Pacific Music Festival ( Sapporo, Japan). Charles is currently a student at the Berklee College of Music studying under the tutelage of Felice Pomeranz and Jessica Zhou. He previously attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with Joan Raeburn Holland.
Sons of Serendip member, Mason Morton, is an award winning harpist. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Rice University and a Harp Performance Diploma from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Sons of Serendip, of which Mason became a member in 2013, was one of the top four finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent. The group recently released their second album and performed at the Boston Hatch Shell with the Boston Pops Orchestra for the 4th of July Celebration in 2015. Mason's primary harp mentors have been principal harpist of the Atlanta Ballet, Nella Rigell, and former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot.
Tim Reynolds is a violinist maintaining a thriving freelance career in Boston, MA. A native of Rome, GA, Tim received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance in 2015 from Berklee College of Music. He has performed at The Boston Symphony Hall for the “Final Fantasy” concert with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, the A.R. Rahman concert with the Berklee World Strings Ensemble, and at The Boston Opera House with Dream Theater. He currently serves as Artist-In-Residence at Anchor Church.
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Michael Morris, Jr., is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Mount Zion Fine Arts Magnet High School as a dance major in 2012. While in Atlanta, he studied as a scholarship student with the Atlanta Ballet and the Georgia Youth Ballet Company. Michael is currently pursing his higher educational studies at The Boston Conservatory, anticipating receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance in May of 2016. While at The Boston Conservatory, Michael has had the distinct pleasure to perform works by Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Karole Armitage, and Andrea Miller. Michael has also been invited to train as a scholarship student during the summer with the American Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Some of his greatest achievements are: competing in the Youth America Grand Prix competition, winning the Gold Medal of the NAACP ACT-SO competition, a selected dance finalist for the Georgia Governors Honor Program, and a recipient of the Alfred & Patricia Houston Boston Conservatory Scholarship.
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Harsh Menon is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at Northeastern and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston where she is a 2015 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship. Her work has screened internationally at film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and the Venice Biennale. She is interested in using media for social change.