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Adolphus Hailstork, born on April 17, 1941, in Rochester, New York, is a highly respected American composer renowned for his contributions to classical music. His musical journey began early, leading him to study composition at Howard University and later at the Manhattan School of Music. Throughout his career, Hailstork has held teaching positions at institutions such as Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University, while also mentoring aspiring musicians.

His compositions, including "Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed" and "Symphony No. 1," are celebrated for their rich harmonies and exploration of diverse musical influences, reflecting his African American heritage. Hailstork's dedication to education and his advocacy for diversity within the classical music realm have left an enduring legacy, inspiring both performers and audiences worldwide.

George Gershwin (1898–1937) was a pioneering figure in American music, known for his revolutionary blend of classical and popular genres. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Gershwin's natural musical talent propelled him to fame, highlighted by his iconic compositions like "Rhapsody in Blue" and the opera "Porgy and Bess," created in collaboration with his brother Ira Gershwin. Despite a short life, Gershwin's legacy endures as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, his works continuing to captivate audiences worldwide with their unique fusion of jazz, blues, and classical elements, shaping the American musical landscape for generations to come.




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Poldowski, born Regine Wieniawski in 1879 in Brussels, Belgium, was a pioneering composer and pianist renowned for her significant contributions to early 20th-century music. Immersed in a musical family as the daughter of violinist Henryk Wieniawski, Poldowski received formal training in piano and composition, later refining her skills at the Brussels Conservatory and in Berlin and Paris. Her compositions, spanning art songs, chamber music, and piano works, showcased lush harmonies and expressive melodies, drawing inspiration from Impressionism and the Belle Epoque.


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