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Free concert: Hill flutist to perform Beethoven’s 9th
Great profile on Keisha Slaughter, one of our guest performers for Beethoven 9 at the Dell on June 21st, 2014.
Chestnut Hill Local
The Dell Rises
Interesting take on the historic return of classical music to a storied venue in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wayne resident Donna Higgins joins world-class musicians at Dell Music Center
Great profile on one of our guest artists, Donna Higgins, who performed on the clarinet as part of our Beethoven 9 Side by Side project!
Delco Times
Amateur guest performers prepare to take the stage alongside Mt. Airy-based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Thanks to WHYY for this great overview about our Side by Side project!
WHYY Newsworks.org
Eagleville man set to perform with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia
Here's a great story about one of our guest musicians for our Beethoven 9 Side by Side performance!
Phoenixville Reporter
Mt. Airy orchestra only group to be awarded third Knight arts grant
"We thought, oh gosh, we got it twice. That was amazing, we shouldn't get our hopes up. Our jaws just dropped when we got it a third time." Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Alaina Mabaso for NewsWorks
Announcing 43 winners in the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra three-times-winner of the Knight Arts Challenge!!!
Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Knight Art Challenge Finalists Named
The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra named Knight finalist for an unprecedented third year!
Philadelphia Inquirer
PNC Foundation Announces $1 Million in 'Arts Alive' Grants.
The BPCO is honored to receive a PNC Arts Alive grant for the second year in a row.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Mt. Airy conductor triumphant before sold-out audience
Chestnut Hill Local arts critic Michael Caruso reviews the BPCO's March concert. "Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson led her Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Saturday, March 10, in one of the most enjoyable and inspiring concerts I’ve heard in years."
Chestnut Hill Local
Black Pearl concert: Relaxed yet celebratory, including a Black Mozart piece
Now in its third season, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is finding itself a niche doing typically classical things with less-than-typical participants. Oriented toward African American musicians, founder/music director Jeri Lynne Johnson is creating audiences that seem new to Haydn and Mozart - and doing so with concerts that are first-class on every level.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
BPCO wins Knight Arts Challenge grant!
Our fun and exciting iConduct! project was one of 36 winning proposals to engage Philadelphia communities in classical music.
Knight Foundation
Review of "Paris- When It Sizzled"
Sharon Torello of Local Arts Live gives her take on the BPCO's final concert of the season as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
Local Arts Live- Philadelphia
Black Pearl & Wycliffe Gordon unite for PIFA
The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra presents its 2011 PIFA concert on April 28, 2011, featuring master jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass.
Philadelphia Tribune
BPCO on the 10! Show
Music Director Jeri Lynne Johnson enlists the talents of BPCO Principal string players, the Dali Quartet, to help promote the BPCO's February concert in honor of Black history.
NBC 10 Philadelphia
BPCO is a finalist in the Knight Arts Challenge
One of 63 finalists, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra proposed a summer music engagement festival using its exciting and innovative "iConduct!" program as a way to reach into communities and create new and diverse audiences for classical music.
Philadelphia Tribune
Jim Cotter interviews Jeri Lynne Johnson
WRTI's Arts and Culture Editor, Jim Cotter, speaks with Music Director Jeri Lynne Johnson about the 2010-2011 season and how the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra's mission to normalize diversity at every level of an orchestra has helped it not only survive but thrive during the current economic crisis.
WRTI FM
FINEST: Jeri Lynne Johnson
UPTOWN Magazine for the African-American Young Urbane Professional profiles conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson
UPTOWN Magazine
WRTI, Temple Public Radio Critic at Large Review
Lesley Valdes, WRTI's Critic at Large reviews the BPCO's final performance of the year.
WRTI
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra: Performing impressive, programming less so | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/31/2010
David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews the BPCO's final concert of its Inaugural Season
Philadelphia Inquirer
2010 Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors - Philadelphia - visitphilly.com
BPCO Music Director Jeri Lynne Johnson is a 2010 Creative Ambassador for the City of Philadelphia and putting the BPCO at the forefront of the arts scene!
Philly.com
The Philadelphia Tribune - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
An introduction to the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra by the nation's first African-American newspaper, the Philadelphia Tribune
Philadelphia Tribune
Jeri Lynne Johnson | Video | 6abc.com
See what drove Jeri Lynne Johnson to create the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and learn about the obstacles and successes on the path of engaging the community in classical music in innovative ways.
6 ABC News
Five African-American artists pick up where the Black Arts Movement left off
Jeri Lynne Johnson showcased in the Philadelphia Weekly Magazine.
Philadelphia Weekly
Jeri Lynne Johnson wins major award
Maestra Johnson is awarded a 2009 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, which honors women and trans artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work.
Leeway Foundation
Philadelphia Tribune Review of the BPCO Inaugural Season Opening Concert
Tribune Entertainment Writer Kimberly Roberts reviews the BPCO September 19, 2009 Inaugural Season opening concert.
Philadelphia Tribune
Black Pearl's first concert showcases talent, diversity - September 21, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer critic David Patrick Stearns reviews the BPCO's opening concert of its Inaugural Season.
Philadelphia Inquirer

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