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Live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio: Pianist Clipper Erickson Plays Works by Nathaniel Dett

Library of Congress, Music Division
Composer and pianist R. Nathaniel Dett was the first African-American to graduate from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory in 1908.

Described by The Washington Post as a pianist with "power, precision, and romantic abandon," Clipper Erickson was our guest on MLK Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, and played works by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), an African-Canadian/American composer whose music may be new to you. WRTI's Kevin Gordon was host.

Watch the performance recorded live on WRTI's Facebook page.

A champion of music that is not always well-known to the general public, Clipper Erickson's album, My Cup Runneth Over, The Complete Piano Music of R. Nathaniel Dett was recognized by Gramophone UK as Editor's Choice for January 2016.

Read about R. Nathaniel Dett in this article on the Libray of Congress website

Clipper Erickson's new release is Tableau, Tempest, and Tango.

Program for broadcast: Dance of Desire and Beyond the Dream from Dett’s 1922 “Enchantment Suite," Juba Dance from Dett's 1913 "In The Bottoms" Suite, and contemporary Philadelphia composer Donald Dumpson’s arrangement of "The Lord’s Prayer."

Clipper says an important part of his mission is to encourage the love of music through commitment to education, performances in schools, and master classes.  He teaches at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, and at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.

A member of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, Clipper has performed for all types of community groups, offering illuminating commentary on his program selections.

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin garnered a wealth of experience in radio before taking the weekday classical host position from 2 to 6 PM at WRTI . He served as host on the classical music station WQXR in NYC for 15 years, on Classical South Florida WKCP in Miami, and on WINS, NBC News, and the RKO Radio Network, all in New York.