WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors
Two award-winning mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this half-hour program. Madame Dawson’s Opera Company tells the story of Mary Cardwell Dawson who formed the National Negro Opera Company in 1941, opening doors and launching careers for African-Americans who had little access to classical music training. The feature also highlights efforts to restore the grand Victorian-style house in Pittsburgh where the opera company was founded. Prattis & The Piano recounts the career of Pittsburgh Symphony principal keyboardist Patricia Prattis Jennings, who in 1966 became the first African American woman to be awarded a full contract by a major American symphony orchestra, breaking decades of discrimination in the world of classical music.
WQED mini docs: Musical Mentors aired on Feb 18, 2016.
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Original airdate: Feb 10, 2014
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Original airdate: Jan 23, 2014
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Original airdate: Jan 09, 2014
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Original airdate: Dec 12, 2013
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Original airdate: Nov 28, 2013