SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

What are people saying about Black Pearl?  

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Cultural Attaché talks to Jeri Lynne Johnson about LA Phil's Rock My Soul Festival and her career goals

2022-11-09

Cultural Attaché caught up with Jeri Lynne Johnson about her two performances leading the LA Philharmonic for the Rock My Soul Festival and the "war of attrition" in attaining her career goals as a Black female conductor.

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Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra receives $300K Mellon Foundation grant

2022-07-25

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra has received a transformative $300,00 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support its community-centered programming.

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ARP Grant Spotlight: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

2022-07-13

The pandemic strained the arts sector, but National Endowment for the Arts' support enabled Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to continue performing and ensure that diversity becomes a key part of the arts ecosystem.

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Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson featured in MSNBC

2022-06-11

Founder and Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson channeled her rage from an audition rejection by creating the diverse, critically acclaimed Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia.

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The University of Chicago Magazine features Maestro Johnson

2022-04-13

Jeri Lynne Johnson discusses joining art and activism in her Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

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Orchestrating Change: An Interview with Maestro Jeri Lynne Johnson

2022-01-28

Canton Symphony Orchestra's Orchestrating Change podcast sits down with Jeri Lynne Johnson to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in classical music

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The New York Times highlights Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra as a leader in racial equity

2021-01-27

The New York Times features Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeri Lynne Johnson, as a small but mighty organization leading the way in creating new models for classical music.

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Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra performs for "See Me!" from the World Economic Forum at Davos

2021-01-24

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra performs in “See Me: A Global Concert,” a shared expression of trust, connection, and hope at The Davos Agenda.

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Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson discusses racial equity in classical music

2020-06-17

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 democratic values.

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Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra wins Knight Innovation Grant

2019-11-02

Black Pearl is selected for the Knight Foundation’s Building the Capacity to Innovate cohort.

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Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra wins PNC Arts Alive Award for Arts Innovation

2018-05-17

PNC Arts Alive Award for Arts Innovation recognizes Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra for award-winning programming for making classical music more approachable and accessible.

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Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson and Black Pearl featured on WHYY

2018-02-16

WHYY’s Friday Arts catches up with Jeri Lynne Johnson on founding Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and her fresh approach to community engagement.