Friday, April 8, 2022, at 1:45 p.m. ET
The Unanswered Questions: Opening the Gate panelists
The New York Philharmonic and John Jay College of Criminal Justice co-present The Unanswered Questions: Opening the Gate, a discussion exploring how artists from marginalized groups, including the Black community and women, have been denied acceptance because of historically white systems of social and institutional gatekeeping. The panel also examines the impact these denials have had on the arts and society at large, and ways in which artists have challenged the status quo. The topic of conversation was inspired, in part, by assertions within the classical music establishment and the media that violinist Curtis Stewart and pianist / composer Jon Batiste — both Black artists — were undeservedly nominated for Grammy Awards in classical categories.
The panelists are Stewart, a participant in NY Phil Bandwagon; Anna Glass, executive director of Dance Theatre of Harlem; and Edward Yim, chief content officer at WQXR. Ethnomusicologist Dr. Fredara Hadley — a previous Unanswered Questions panelist — moderates the discussion.
The New York Philharmonic will livestream the conversation on Facebook. It will be available to stream on demand on YouTube, along with previous installments of The Unanswered Questions, at a later date.