Bill Doggett Productions - Strategic Marketing Portfolio
Bill Doggett Productions -  Strategic Marketing,Diversity Inclusion,Lectures,Exhibitions




 
 Bill Doggett is a strategic marketing and business development consultant with a passion for and long association with the world of the Classical Performing Arts. 

Doggett's blended skill sets in strategic marketing, business development, sales, Artists Relations publicity are focused for musicians, composers, authors, Performing Arts and History/Archives institutions.  
 
Since 2010, he has worked as a strategic marketing and brand consultant with  Contemporary composers of color and musicians.

Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area 2006-2016, he has also been a Arts diversity and community outreach advisor for Arts non profits.

Bill Doggett has also been recognized for leadership as a social entrepreneur utilizing the Arts as a vehicle for inter generational dialogue within and across diverse communities.     

His leadership has been recognized by the former Mayor of The City of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom,  California State Senator, Mark Leno and The City of Berkeley Mayor, Tom Bates. 

He is passionate about Performing Arts advocacy in enriching the lives of communities of color with the experience of The Performing Arts that mirrors their lives and reflects their communities in both concert halls and opera stages.      In this work, he employs his deep knowledge of musicology history contextualized within American history.    


Read what People are saying about Bill Doggett

Rory Pullens-"Bill,you are a brilliant man." Sr Executive Director Arts Education LAUSD/Emeritus CEO,The Duke Ellington School for The Arts,Washington DC

Anthony Davis- "Bill Doggett is a tireless champion for African American composers. His persistence and insight have opened doors for all of us and he continues to challenge the bias and prejudice so prevalent in today's America." {Composer of X, Amistad}

Adolphus Hailstork- re: Black Composers- Shout For Joy showcase " Hopefully Shout makes a contribution. But what you are doing sets the standard."{Composer showcased in Doggett's Black Composers resource who was commissioned in 2017 by The LA Philharmonic to create a new work based on a theme of William Grant Still which will receive its World Premiere performances during The Orchestra's Centennial Season in February 2019}

Gary Murphy-" Bill , you were wonderfully helpful on this specific pitch. We enjoyed collaborating with you on this project and we look forward to our next encounter." Director of Communications and Public Relations, LA Opera{2014}

John Holiday - "Dearest Bill, thank you so much for all of your hard, dilligent and thoughtful work surrounding my debut as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Los Angeles Opera. Also, your coverage of us, the three African American countertenors helped us to make an even larger statement. You are absolutely one of the best." Lead Countertenor, LA Times voted "Top Classical Moments 2014" LA Opera Dido and Aeneas,the 3 Countertenors

Janise White- "Bill,I am blessed to have assistants and consultants like you surround me."{Founder,The African American Chamber Music Society Orchestra}

Richard Thompson-"Bill Doggett is extremely knowledgeable about classical music and understands strategy and marketing like no one I've met before"{Composer}

Shawn Okpebholo- “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a composer is having noted artists in the field champion my music. Bill Doggett—a creative whose life’s work is committed to the preservation and promotion of music by American-American composers—does just that. He has creatively used some of my re-imaginations of Negro spirituals in his lectures, a film, and on his website, providing some extra exposure of my art.”{Composer}

Roy Jennings-Although my association with Bill Doggett is relatively recent, it has had productive and long range consequences.{Composer} 


Multifaceted, Doggett also creates bridges for inter generational  dialogue through the Visual Arts as a seasoned Art photographer.  The Visual Arts, history  and music are blended for teaching and story telling.











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Doggett is a dedicated and passionate supporter of New Music and blended genres that act as agents for inter generational dialogue.

You are listening to the exquisite Impressionist sound world of the great late 20th Century Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.   

Takemitsu's  Towards The Sea evokes the iconic and revolutionary Impressionist sound world  of 1894-99 showcased in Nuages from Trois Nocturnes and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy.    
To purchase this  jewel of Contemporary Music: Visit Amazon.com


Strategic Marketing/Publicity
A World Premiere for The 2018 Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass 
June 3rd, 2018

Targeted strategic marketing, social media publicity and post publicity 
in Performing Arts, Singer and History niches with the support of
Kenneth Morris,  the Great Great Great Grandson of
Frederick Douglass

























Kenneth Morris, The Great Great Grandson of Frederick Douglass

Visit and learn about The 2018 One Million Abolitionists Project
A Project of The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives


From Facebook, Twitter,Linked In, Instagram.... 
"History arrives on Sunday.....with Frederick Douglass
Kenneth B Morris Jr , the Great Great Great Grandson of Frederick Douglass has graciously supported the World Premiere of The Frederick Douglass Narrative Cantata by Composer, Jeraldine Saunders Herbison with the numbered and signed Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass' Narrative.The limited edition is 1 of 711 signed and numbered copies. The 711 symbolizes the $711 paid for Frederick Douglass’ freedom This very special copy will be a Silent Auction opportunity to benefit the Orchestra. Join us! "


From Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram...June 3/4

"Frederick Douglass: a legacy brought to resounding life in Music..."

Version 2: History undying.....A Legacy for Our Times....The Life of America's signature defender of Equity and Inclusion, FREDERICK DOUGLASS

1 of 4 excerpts of June 3rd's World Premiere of Jeraldine Herbison's Frederick Douglass Narrative/Symphonic Suite.  Featuring Bass Baritone, Dorceal Duckens, this resounding Tribute was performed by the Los Angeles based African American Chamber Music Society Orchestra&Chorus conducted by its founder, Janise White.





















Publicity writer and strategist consultant
Fall 2014 LA Opera
Dido and Aeneas:IntroducingThe 3 Countertenors  

*Consultant Ghost writer and publicist hired by LA Opera
 to place and market pitch the historic premiere of 3 African American Countertenors in the innovative production of Komische Oper Berlin Director Barrie Kosky's production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas 10/25-11/15 2014



















Historic 3 Countertenors:Thomas Allen,John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,Photo:Bill DoggettLead Countertenor,John Holiday and Director, Barrie Kosky Photo:Bill Doggett







The 3 Countertenors with  Paula Murrihy,who sings the lead role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Photo by Bill Doggett

A COMPANION TO AFRICLASSICAL.COM, A WEBSITE ON AFRICAN HERITAGE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC. MEET 52 BLACK COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS, 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014


Bill Doggett writes:
Dateline: Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Music Center
 
For the first time on a leading opera stage anywhere in the world, three African American men who are Countertenors performed together in their LA Opera Debuts in Barrie Kosky's innovative production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
 
Cast creatively as the iconic witches, John Holiday was featured The Sorcereress with her "court": comprised of Darryl Taylor and Thomas Allen.
 
Beautiful, brightly sung by all, this historic casting also featured creative and well done comedic acting.    A must see.        Performances continue through November 15th.
 
Visit  LA Opera website for tickets   www.laopera.org



Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle:Barrie Kosky LA Opera:Photo credit:LA Times 10/27Purcell's Dido and Aeneas:Barrie Kosky production LA Opera:Photo Credit:LA Times 10/27

 





Social Media Publicity

Bill Doggett shared his photo.6 hrs · Facebook,Twitter,Linked In Social Media Strategy Pitch 11/11/2014


Black men SHINE at LA Opera- Final chances to see The 3 Countertenors-John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,G Thomas Allen in Dido& Aeneas 11/12&11/15+ NEW:renown baritone Gordon Hawkins stars 11/22 through December in Spanish opera, Florencia en el Amazonas    EXPERIENCE The Excitement   Visit: www.laopera.org

Testimonial: Bill, You were wonderfully helpful on this specific pitch.  We enjoyed collaborating with you on this project and we look forward to our next encounter.   Gary W. Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations, LA Opera

 Testimonial:  Dearest Bill
Thank you so much for all of your hard, diligent and thoughtful work surrounding my debut as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Los Angeles Opera.  Also, your coverage of us, the three African American countertenors, helped us to make an even larger statement.  You are absolutely one of the best.  Thanks, again!     John Holiday, Countertenor

Testimonial: I very much appreciate the time and attention you gave to highlighting the Three Countertenors of LA Opera's Dido and Aeneas. The market saturation not only brought needed attention to the historic event, but provided invigorating media attention to a wonderful production. Well done! And thanks!!     Darryl Taylor, Countertenor

Year in Review Mark Swed's Best Classical moments of 2014- LA Opera Dido&Aeneas: The 3 Countertenors *Bravi tutti  [email protected]










ARTS Fundraising and Advocacy
2009
Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco Symphony












During The Fall Season of 2009,  I stepped out into a part time employee relationship with two of San Francisco's leading Performing Arts organizations.

  • Yerba Buena Center for The Arts: Under the legendary leadership of Ken Foster , I assisted YBCA in memberships and new Season subscriptions campaigns that resulted in what they viewed as one of their best membership renewal and new subscriptions campaigns in recent years.
  • San Francisco Symphony: Concert Subscription Sales, I was one of the top producers securing new Concert and Recital Series subscriptions of over $2,500 in a 3 month evening telemarketing campaign


The world of The contemporary African American Composer

Shawn Okpebholo
Roy Jennings:Dynamic New Arranged Negro Spirituals&Art Songs
Anthony Davis:Composer of operas X,Amistad,Tania,Piano,Violin Concerti

Trevor Weston




Renee BakerAdolphus HailstorkJeffrey Mumford

                                                                                                                                              


Beginning in 2012 to the present day, I have been engaged in strategic marketing and branding consultancy with California based Black composers, Anthony Davis and Richard Thompson and New Generation Black Composers profiled on The Black Composers Resource  

 For questions about the extraordinary content, music and composers showcased including program curating recommendations, please email me [email protected]


Breaking News=> Anthony Davis' Darkest Light in The Heart
 to world premiere 2020 Spoleto Festival

Listen to highlights of Davis' iconic first opera: X, The Life and Times
of Malcolm X 



 => March 4th 2014, client composer, Richard Thompson was featured: In Studio interview with Evening host, Jim Svejda on classical music radio station, KUSC-FM. 

KUSC is the premiere classical music radio station on the West Coast.   Richard Thompson's In Studio interview follows in the august footsteps of  two earlier interviews with Contemporary Black Composers, George Walker and Adolphus Hailstork


   


Premiere of Chamber Opera, The Mask in The Mirror August 2012,Trilogy OperaComposer,Richard Thompson In Studio Interview at KUSC-FM with renown Evening Host, Jim Svejda








Richard Thompson with renown Classical Music Radio host Jim Svejda, KUSC-FM, Los Angeles 2/17/2014: Photo by Bill Doggett  
August 2012 Premiere:The Mask in The Mirror by Richard Thompson at Trilogy Opera New Jersey: Composer curtain call   Photo courtesy of Albert Cunningham

Standing Ovation:Premiere March 2013,Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear On The Second FloorTalk Back with Composer, Anthony Davis and librettist, Allan Havis











March 2013 Premiere of Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear on The 2nd Floor, University of California San Diego:Photos by Bill Doggett

March 26, 2015 KUSC-FM: A Conversation with The Author of Roland Hayes: Legacy of An American Tenor: An In Studio Interview parlayed by Bill Doggett Productions    Streaming live at 10:00pm California time www.kusc.org
 
THE ARGONAUT
The Journal of  The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Volume 26, No.1, August 2015

 Emancipation Proclamation,
 San Francisco and African American Concert Singers,
In Paradisum 1880-2000 
  by Bill Doggett  Archivist/ Music Historian

































This excellent 16 page  Feature work  filled with rare archival material is available as a Digital Edition      

Visit my Store to purchase the Digital Edition -as well as the beautifully designed gatefold rich  Print Edition here: http://www.billdoggettproductions.com/Store.html







Doggett has contributed to and has been quoted in important Arts feature articles including October 5th 2013 American Al Jazeera article about The Closing of  New York City Opera, an opera company engaged in social entrepreneurship that provided critical agency for African American singers and composers 



Exhibition- Guest Curator  San Francisco Opera 

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,
From Broadway to San Francisco































San Francisco Opera House, Grand Foyer
May-July 2009

Under the leadership of  The Museum of Performance and Design and SanFrancisco Opera with special loans from The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust, the exhibition in the Grand Foyer of San Francisco Opera House was one of the most well received exhibitions in recent memory at San Francisco Opera.
 
 As the first African American Guest Curator for San Francisco Opera, the exhibition broke ground in inaugurating ipod looping technology for a listener booth and a film viewing station.  The listening station showcased continuous looping of Gershwin's rarely heard private rehearsal recordings of Porgy from the 1935 Boston production.   
View The Virtual Tour 


About Bill Doggett
              
Musically, Doggett is a product of The University of Southern California School of Music, as a private student ages 5-18 in both The Preparatory Division [piano-student of William Neal Roberts] and later as a cellist [ private student of Eleanor Schoenfeld]  at Clark House.  He matured to the role of principal cellist during both his Freshman and Sophomore years at Georgetown University.
 
In 1994, he was invited to  be one of the founding Board of Directors of Los Angeles Opera’s African Americans for LA Opera, a division of The Opera League formed in 1994 in the wake of the 1992 riots sparked by the Rodney King beating.
 
Serving on the board from 1994-99, he specialized in audience development, assisting in outreach, special events marketing, event photography and diversity reports in main stage casting and audiences.   He brought to the board a deep knowledge of the history of African American singers, opera history and classical art song repertoire. 
 
A business photographer for Pacific Bell/SBC[AT&T West] California state wide working for its President and CEO, Chuck Smith, 1987-2003, Doggett’s  frequent attendance at San Francisco Opera under Lotfi Mansouri and American Conservatory Theater  provided rich insights for helping to create a template for greater diversity in audience development at Los Angeles Opera.   
 
Doggett’s artists and public relations background further positioned him to be viewed frequently as a singer's agent or publicist. Such was the memorable immediate recognition by Florence Quivar, the renown Met Opera Mezzo Soprano, during a backstage visit after her Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Gustav Mahler’sSongs of A Wayfarer. 
 
Doggett further represented African Americans for LA Opera[AALAO} in artists relations with Gwendolyn Bradley, Willard White, Simon Estes and Eric Owens to specific post recital back stage public relations outreach on behalf of the Board with Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Hendricks, Willard White and Eric Owens in Southern and Northern California concerts.   

At Seattle Opera, during their 1995 Wagner Ring Cycle with a Los Angeles Opera Board group visit sponsored by the late Dr. Sherwin Sloan, he met Seattle Opera General Director, Speight Jenkins and and opera staff,who shared knowledge of their stewardship in casting of African American singers i.e. Vinson Cole  and Gordon Hawkins and their shared vision of diversity in opportunity and casting e.g the voice vs skin color.    
 
At San Francisco Opera 1996-2000, he was associated with Adler Fellows, Soprano Allison Buchanan, Bass Chester Patton and Tenor Norman Shankle with a warm professional rapport with San Francisco Opera Managing Director, Michael Savage and the late Lotfi Mansouri, General Manager.  

ALL THAT JAZZ....... THE POPULAR SIDE OF MARKETING PORTFOLIO


........The nephew and namesake of 1950s pioneering  Jazz organist, Bill Doggett,
Arts packaging and promotion is a natural instict for the younger Bill Doggett with its roots sourced from a 1985 pitched V.S.O.P project for a 1950s R&B reunion that was to pair his uncle Bill Doggett, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in 1987-88.

 This V.S.O.P event was pitched as a 30th Anniversary Celebration of Black Rock N Roll for The Greek Theater, Los Angeles to be hosted by Oldies radio station, KEARTH. 

Recalling the glory years of the emergence of a Black Rock n Roll  1956-58: the years of Honky Tonk, Kansas City, Roll Over Beethoven, Tutti Frutti and Blueberry Hill  logistical and other conflicts intervened....yet the art of event strategy had begun....for the younger Bill Doggett 

Fast forward to 2011 Oakland,  the younger Doggett  re emerged  with a marketing savvy  focused for new and emerging talent and special projects using music, culture and history. 

Beginning in 2010, Doggett assisted in early experiences as a promoter of jazz/blues and neo soul artists beginning with rep/promoting  an extraordinary Country Blues singer named Ansar at the 2010  Fillmore Jazz Festival, Marcus Bookstore stage, Fall 2011-Spring 2012,Yoshi's San Francisco Local Artist Series placing Blues and Soul singer, Terrie Odabi  and  Jazz/ Blues Fusion Ensemble, Groovality and Neo Soul singer, Simon Russell . 
Doggett  additionally pitched  a cross section of excellent Bay Area talent including Portuguese Fado singer, Ramana Viera Fall 2010 and French New York City based jazz pianist, Tony Tixier in 2015















Doggett was new audience development consultant with Magic Theatre, San Francisco for The West Coast premiere of the cutting edge theatre work, The Brothers Size by Tarrell Mc Craney.   second in the Trilogy of The Brothers/Sisters Plays, Doggett created a team that collaborated with Laney College Theater Department, The Oakland Dinner Club and The African American Center at the Main San Francisco Library.  

Doggett assisted in creating niched events and Talk backs reaching a larger African American demographic than would have been possible without his consultant work.    
A highlight of his work was assisting the no ticket, standing room only performance of the play at Laney College Theater, Oakland.

For two years, 2012 and 2013, Doggett booked musician talent for The City of San Francisco Mayor's annual Black History Month Kick Off event at City Hall.  The event is co-sponsored by The San Francisco African American Cultural and Historical Society.

For February 2012 event, he booked the African roots, Awon Ohun Amira Choir and Drummers, recipient of The California Alliance for Traditional Arts award 

For February 2013, he booked, Grammy nominated Gospel and Neo Soul singer, Emma Jean Foster Fiege.

For two Summers, June 2011- September 2012, Doggett served as Community Outreach and Bay Area Elected Officials Liaison 
interfacing with SF Bay Area legislative elected officials for the 18th and 19th annual San Francisco Summer Arts Festival, 
AfroSolo Arts Festival.  

The AfroSolo Arts Festival created by Thomas Simpson, founder of AfroSolo Theatre Company is one of the longest running cultural arts festivals in The San Francisco Bay Area.

For The Jacqueline Hairston Spirituals Ensemble Carnegie Hall February 2012 event, Doggett created and project managed the ensemble's Kickstarter campaign achieving 200% of the targeted fundraising goal.    

Click on the Kickstarter link to view the success of the campaign I managed

THE BILL DOGGETT CENTENNIAL 2016-17
 Event Producer and Author













































Doggett as Historian and Arts advocate Public Radio Interviews 

Comcast Newsmakers Interview Promo for 2011 Exhibition:The Underground Railroad:Songs of Freedom and Hope
June 2013 Denver Public Radio for The Spirituals Project Conference, University of Denver  Topic: Negro Spirituals, African Spirit Worship meet Christianity    Listen on Sound Cloud

Fall 2012: Story Corps, National Day Of Listening: Topic:The Doggett Family Story:Spirituality,Spirituals and The Value of Arts Advocacy*Interview is in memoriam, to my parents, Frances Doggett and Rev. John N Doggett Jr

















Cultural Legacy Events
 showcasing The Arts and Music 
as an inter generational and cross cultural bridge

 The March on Washington 50th Anniversary, Berkeley California, Pacific School of Religion,August 17th, 2013 



Doggett produced and underwrote a day long Symposium that used both iconic Negro Spirituals and inter active audience community singing of  The Civil Rights Movement Freedom Songs intermixed with intergenerational panels of SF Bay Area Inter Faith, Social Justice and Youth Leadership.  

Symposium topics included: The Theology of Freedom, From Seneca Falls, Selma to Stonewall: the impact of social protest legacies on social justice for Women,  Hispanic and Lgbt communities  in the SF Bay Area, Immigration,The Dream Act:A Civil Rights legacy,  Youth Leadership and The Dream 1963-2014, an inter generational panel of 1960s and 2013 youth leadership. 

Held at Berkeley's Pacific School of Religion with assistance from The City of Berkeley,The Symposium was dedicated in memory to  the late Rev. John N Doggett Jr,  Bill Doggett's father, a renown Civil Rights Movement leader in Los Angeles and St Louis and founding pastor of  Downs Memorial United Methodist Church 1947-49 on the border of Berkeley in North Oakland.   
Thanks to Riess Potterveld, Graduate School of Theology, City of Berkeley Councilmen, Kriss Worthington and Darryl Moore, Jeff Steinberg/Sojourn To The Past and US Bank for their invaluable assistance.

View the promotional video below created by Los Angeles filmographer, Andy Kimmel  http://www.remembr.us/






















SF Bay Area Community Social Activism 
2006-10
 A Track Record of Project Management
  Inter generational
Social Entrepreneurial Events
 

During the years 2006-2010,  Bill  Doggett was viewed  in the San Francisco Bay Area as a community engaged Activist Social entrepreneur event planner, specializing in new audience development and community outreach in multiple demographics.  
 
His vision is to engage diversity within and across communities inter generationally based on shared values and cultural legacies. 
 
He is the recipient of Certificates of Recognition from former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Senator Mark Leno for outstanding community development projects with additional recognition as the recipient of a venture seed fund grant for a community empowering pilot project in San Francisco 2007-08.   
 
Between 2008-2010, Doggett served on The San Francisco Human Rights Commission in one of their important community advisory committees.
  
2006-2008: Black Men’s Health and Wellness Mixers: Magnet, Castro District, San Francisco: Co Founder  
 
The Magnet based Black Men's Health and Wellness Mixers were a showcase project developed in Summer/Fall 2006 which combined issues of social justice, health and wellness and social ministry work for Black men in San Francisco. 
 
Doggett organized and produced a community outreach and wellness event for African American gay men in San Francisco's Castro District. 

This project produced a monthly inter generational
community wide networking event and community forum that engaged an average of 50 men who had previously experienced alienation and displacement from issues of racial discrimination in The Castro.
 
The event goal was to reframe the conversation about the place of African American Gay men in the Castro after the contentious 2004-05 Badlands Bar events and the closure of The Pendulum, the historic Black bar in the Castro district. 

The outcome of these events created a welcoming perception to become an event for all Men of Color including Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander and Friends and supporters.
 
This important community empowering pilot project of Magnet Mens' Health and Community Center [now a division of The San Francisco Aids Foundation] created opportunities for participation, visibility and projects of community service.
 
The Black Men's Health and Wellness Mixers were  the recipient of two proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for outstanding community engagement, June 2007. The  first proclamation was given to Magnet, the hosting agency and the second was given to Bill Doggett for outstanding leadership.
 



 






































































































2008: San Francisco Black Lgbt Business Professionals Network 
 
Doggett was awarded one of five Diversity Venture seed fund grants given by the social action non profit, And Castro For All. 
 
The Diversity Seed Fund grants were provided to empower entrepreneurs and community leaders to create value added projects in San Francisco's lgbt communities.  Doggett 's grant award was for the creation of a business and social networking monthly mixer with invited guest speakers for San Francisco Bay Area Black lgbt business professionals. 
 
The monthly events featured guest speakers from The San Francisco Small Business Administration, The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, The Mayor's Office of Small Business Development and IBM.

 
 

   
 












2008-2010  Appointed to Advisory Committee of The City and County of San Francisco's Human Rights Commission

October 2012- Heritage Keeper Award  Recipient at 9th Annual Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Day. Award for Exhibitions curation and education outreach




























1994-2000  From  Founding Board of Director of LA Opera's African Americans for LA Opera to San Francisco Opera connections


June 1995 :Placido Domingo and Bill Doggett:Photo by Lee Salem:AT Opening Night Party LA Opera for Porgy and Bess: Domingo was the newly appointed General Director and I was the youngest Board of Director of  African Americans for LA Opera: a new Initiative of LA Opera

June 1995 -Los Angeles Opera Opening Night Party for Porgy and Bess with new General Director, Placido Domingo. I was the youngest Board of Director of the newly formed African Americans for LA Opera. I served on Board 1994-1999{Artists Relations,Audience Development and Community Outreach} Photo by Lee Salem Photography  

Spring 1997Artist Relations and Community Outreach as the youngest Board of  Director of LA Opera's African Americans Division, AALAO    

 At San Francisco Opera with soprano, Marquita Lister in her dressing room with Conductor Donald Runnicles after her performance of AIDA. 
 
In June 1995, Marquita Lister starred as Bess in LA Opera's 60th Anniversary production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Ms. Lister  was the inaugural artist celebrated by the newly formed LA Opera League Board: African Americans for LA Opera- a community outreach and audience development effort of  LA Opera's Opera League in response to the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
   
I organized and coordinated a weekend trip to San Francisco Opera for LA Opera's African Americans Board to support Ms. Lister's debut at San Francisco Opera.
Coordinating with San Francisco Opera contacts, I put together A Tribute Luncheon to celebrate  Ms. Lister's debut followed the next day at the upscale opera house vicinity restaurant Stars' Cafe on Van Ness Avenue.

Berlin 1994:Deutsche Oper UBahn Station:Photo by host, Frank Loevenich


1994 Deutsche Oper:Tannhauser:Gotz Friedrich Production.  I was honored to meet the legendary Gotz Friedrich afterwards
Berlin, 1994-95   During my tenure as founding board member of  Los Angeles Opera's African Americans Opera League division, I traveled to Berlin Germany.  This photo was taken in March 1994 at the U Bahn stop for Deutsche Oper.  

 Attending their March 1994 Gotz Friedrich Inszenierung of Wagner's Tannhauser, I had the honor of meeting the legendary Gotz Friedrich  and his wife Karan Armstrong back stage.     

With the hospitality of  a Berlin based LA Opera patron and friend, I also attended  Berlin Staatsoper's productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and La Traviata at Dresden'sSemperOper.    

My visit to Berlin was focused around Berlin Komische Oper'sperformance of  Berthold Goldschmidt's Nazi era suppressed masterpiece, Der Gewaltige Hahnrei, which had just been released by Decca/London as part of the critical Entartete Musik Series: Music by Composers suppressed by The Nazis. 


1995 Berlin:Staatsoper:DieWalkure:Harry Kupfer Production starring Falk Struckmann, Conductor, Daniel Barenboim
1995 Berlin Staatsoper after Harry Kupfer production of Die Walkure with host Frank Loevenich,Deutsche Bank and friends



























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