Ah, what a pianist she was.
Anything she played, she crossed all generic borders.
Really great. Thanks for sharing.
It seems Nina Simone was unaware of Natalie Hinderas (1927-1987) who was a prominent African-American pianist. She performed with many great orchestras, including the NY Philharmonic under Boulez. In fact her 1987 NYPO engagement with Slatkin (Ginastera Concerto) didn’t occur due to her death.
Or, for that matter, George Walker (1922-2018), best known as a composer (and the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1996) who was trained to be a concert pianist and made his debut with orchestra in 1946 when he won the Philadelphia Youth Auditions and performed Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.
Here is Dr. Walker performing Brahms’ second piano concerto with Howard Hanson conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra:
She was truly. Magnificent. I recall her arriving very late onstage at a concert and when the presenter introduced her as Miss Nina Simone, she replied … Doctor Nina Simone!!!
For a special thrill, hear her sing PIRATE JENNY from the Weil Three Penny.
Her rendition used to give my young children nightmares!
What a talent!!!!
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