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Black Pearl Founder discusses racial equity in classical music

June 17, 2020

Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl's Founder, discusses the impact of the protests for social justice in America and how classical music and the arts can respond and advance democractic values

Black Pearl wins Knight Innovation Grant!

November 02, 2019

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May 17, 2018

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is excited to receive the 2018 PNC Arts Alive Award for Arts Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam from the Philadelphia Arts and Business Council!    At an event on May 23rd at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Black Pearl Founder and Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson will be honored along with other innovators and leaders in the cultural community whose contributions are creating new opportunities, new strategies and new solutions for bringing the arts to new audiences.  

Beyond the Podium- An Interview with Maestro Jeri Lynne Johnson

December 05, 2019

On this episode of Contemporary Black Canvas, I had the pleasure of speaking to Jeri Lynne Johnson, a conductor and the founder of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Jeri Lynne Johnson is deeply committed to building the diversity of the contemporary orchestra and its audience. On this episode, we learn about  how as she grew more as a conductor, she was faced with discrimination in the workforce. In response to her own experience, she created the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia.  Once word got out in Philadelphia that there was a Black conductor and a diverse orchestra, Ms. Johnson has quickly gained national recognition for her work.

A Multi-cultural Holiday Premiere!

What does history sound like?  Great preview article on Black Pearl's Synaesthesia project- and world premiere of Maestro Johnson's Bricolage: 1756  from the Broad Street Review

Bricolage: Philadelphia 1756 - a world premiere piece by Jeri Lynne Johnson

Music is an art form that affects much more than just our sense of hearing!  People take in live musical performances with their eyes in addition to their ears!  This is was a quick interview about the premiere of my multi-sensory composition, Bricolage: 1756 as part of the Fairmount Park Conservancy 's Sounds of the Season historic home tour.  

Black Pearl's populist mission in the arts

January 01, 2020

WHYY's Peter Crimmins writes about Black Pearl's innovative hands-on educational programming in Philadelphia public schools and why it just might save other orchestras, too.

My. Airy conductor triumphant before sold out crowd

January 03, 2023

Chestnut Hill Local music critic Michael Caruso reviewed our "Black Mozart" concert featuring music of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Haydn and Mozart.

Black Pearl concert: Relaxed yet celebratory

February 23, 2023

Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic David Patrick Stearns reviewed our concert "Black Mozart" as well

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