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PMM & The Dream Unfinished Present: Opening Our Eyes to Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins
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PMM & The Dream Unfinished Present: Opening Our Eyes to Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins

Sun, February 21, 2021 7:30 PM, EST

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The Planetary Music Movement is thrilled to celebrate the life, compositions, and musicianship of Thomas Wiggins.

PMM's co-lead Dara Hankins, and pianist Kyle Walker, a founding member of activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished, will open our eyes to "Blind Tom's" legacy.

One of America's hidden gems during the 19th century, Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins was "a virtuosic pianist, gifted composer, and one of the most in-demand musicians of his time." In 1849, Thomas was born into slavery with blindness and autism. These tremendous disadvantages, however, were no match for his musical genius, which paved the way to him being the very first Black musician to perform a headliner at the White House - at the age of 10, no less. Thomas' timeless works contributed to the romanticism era of the 19th-century.

A "bold, innovative artist with a social conscience," Dara Hankins is a poised cellist who "believes in promoting equity through music and is an advocate for social justice." Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Kirk Whalum, and Lalah Hathaway are among the many renowned artists with whom Dara has performed. Embracing interdisciplinary collaboration, Dara is a remarkable orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and teaching artist.

Critically-acclaimed pianist, Kyle Walker, is a strong advocate for social justice and equality who "believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can." In addition to being one of its founding members, Kyle is a chamber music producer of The Dream Unfinished; this activist orchestra uses "classical music as a platform to engage audiences in dialogues surrounding social and racial justice."

Program

March Timpani
Sewing Song
Water in the Moonlight
Battle of Manassas

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Dara Hankins, 4 months ago

Thank you to everyone for joining us yesterday!

Kyle and I appreciate your attendance and support 😊


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Mariza Costa-Cabral, 4 months ago

It was wonderful. Dara and Kyle's presentation and music playing was so genuine and touching.


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Howard Schranz, 3 months ago

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/arts/music/thomas-wiggins-blind-tom-piano.html?searchResultPosition=1


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Dara Hankins, 3 months ago

How exciting! Thanks so much for sharing, Howard 😊


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Mariza Costa-Cabral, 3 months ago

Thank you, Howard. I loved listening through the playlist today.


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Mariza Costa-Cabral, 3 months ago

Thank you, Howard. I loved listening through the playlist today.


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Attendees

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De'Siree N. Reeves Emcee
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Jay Julio
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Howard Schranz
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Lisa lawley
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Deanna McNeil
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Howard R. Spendelow
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Dwight Bell
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Kester Allen
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Elizabeth Mimms
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Mariza Costa-Cabral
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Daniel Schreiner
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Susan Grant
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Sheri Richardson
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James Reynolds
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Annette Woolsey
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Coleman Richardson
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Stella Perlic
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Chaser C Magg
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Mark Schafer
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Josh Babcock
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Ernest Williams
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Abby Dobson
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Larry Leive
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Emily Costa
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Janice Lloyd
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Leah Samuel
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Christian Howard
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Tomas Bribriesco
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Jessica
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Lee Cyphers
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Mosa T
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Christos Vayenas
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Dara Hankins
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Lisa Liu
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Shellie Balkin
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Becky Beauregard
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Judith Chasin
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Daniel Roest
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Mickey Oclavin
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David Harris
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Norma Nongauza
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H Daniel Mujahid
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Linda Travers
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Curt McNamara
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Barbara boom
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Xan Jan
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Lucy Yeghiazaryan
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Hermine Makman
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Patricia Newton
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George Ezike
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Jill Crouther
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D Beach
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BEATRICE ZU
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Sharon Bernier
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Janine Baryza-Ly
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Francisca Smith
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Michael
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Bernard Hankins
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Sheila Murray
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Juakita Berkley
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Allison saxe
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Danielle Garcia
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Catherine Davis
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Norma Smith Wilson
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Jay Derr
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Patrick Warfield
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Patrick McCurry
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Graham Ray
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Alison Rauh
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Byrd Lochtie
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Kristin Bradach
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Deborah Mendelson
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