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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, over 1 year ago

Thank you to everyone for joining us yesterday!

Kyle and I appreciate your attendance and support 😊


Mariza Costa-Cabral, over 1 year ago

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


Howard Schranz, over 1 year ago


Dara Hankins, over 1 year ago

How exciting! Thanks so much for sharing, Howard 😊


Mariza Costa-Cabral, over 1 year ago

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


Mariza Costa-Cabral, over 1 year ago

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


Attendees

De'Siree N. Reeves Emcee
Norma Nongauza
Susan Grant
David Harris
Linda Travers
Sheri Richardson
H Daniel Mujahid
Mickey Oclavin
Daniel Roest
Curt McNamara
Lisa Liu
Judith Chasin
Shellie Balkin
Becky Beauregard
Dara Hankins
Christos Vayenas
Mosa Tsay Groupmuse Superhost
Daniel Schreiner
Lee Cyphers
Tomas Bribriesco
Jessica
Christian Howard
Leah Samuel
Janice Lloyd
Mariza Costa-Cabral
Emily Costa
Larry Leive
Elizabeth Mimms
Kester Allen
Dwight Bell
Howard R. Spendelow
Ernest Williams
Deanna McNeil
Josh Babcock
Abby Dobson
Howard Schranz
Jay Julio
Lisa lawley
Mark Schafer
Chaser C Magg
Stella Perlic
Jill Crouther
Coleman Richardson
Annette Woolsey
James Reynolds
Deborah Mendelson
Graham Ray
Byrd Lochtie
Patrick McCurry
Hermine Makman
Patricia Newton
Kristin Bradach
Patrick Warfield
Rana
Alison Rauh
Jay Derr
Norma Smith Wilson
Catherine Davis
Danielle Garcia
Allison saxe
Juakita Berkley
Sheila Murray
Lucy Yeghiazaryan
Michael
Bernard Hankins
Xan Jan
Barbara boom
Francisca Smith
Janine Baryza-Ly
Sharon Bernier
BEATRICE ZU
George Ezike
D Beach

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