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Continuing to Honor the Impact of African American Musicians with Byron Stripling

Black History Month may have ended in February but Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra are still honoring the contributions of the many African American composers and artists who have shaped music and the world. The incredibly talented jazz trumpeter, vocalist and entertainer, Byron Stripling, has graced the stage at Severance Hall many times […]

Catching up with Wayne Dawson in Celebration of Black History Month

Wayne Dawson, long time friend of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and award winning journalist and co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, took some time to talk with Maestro Carl Topilow in celebration of Black History Month. Wayne shared his love of jazz music and the difference his family is making in the community through the […]

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 […]