Entries by Sabrina Plumb DeCastra

Honoring Black History Month with Michael Preacely

Michael Preacely is an incredibly talented opera singer who has not only performed with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, but is known around the world for his talents. Reflecting on his many performances, Michael talks with Maestro Carl Topilow about his thought process behind bringing an array of characters to life throughout his career. In honor […]

Celebrating Black History Month with Dwayne Milburn

Lieutenant Colonel Dwayne Milburn (ret.) reflects on how not seeing people who looked like him holding high profile orchestra positions helped shape his career.  His distinguished army career has included conducting positions with bands in Washington, DC, Germany, Atlanta, and Virginia.  He is also a published composer of wind ensemble, choral, and chamber music. In honor […]

Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Celebrates Black History Month with Capathia Jenkins!

In honor of Black History Month, we dedicate this series of interviews to the talented African American composers who added so much to American culture and the gifted African American artists whose artistry has graced stages throughout the country and indeed the world.  Maestro Carl Topilow had a chance to catch up with vocalist Capathia Jenkins, […]