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Judah Adashi and Lavena Johanson Release Recording of The Beauty of the Protest

IMG_0238On April 19, composition faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and cellist Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello) released a recording of Dr. Adashi’s The Beauty of the Protest, for singing cellist. The piece was inspired by the work of photographer Devin Allen, specifically his documentation of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. The new track, engineered by Director of Recording Arts Scott Metcalfe, is available here. Half of the proceeds go to BmoreLeadFree, a campaign to raise awareness about Baltimore’s ongoing lead poisoning crisis and the push to eliminate lead poison in our city as a threat to children’s health. On May 16, Ms. Johanson and poet Tariq Touré debuted a new version of the piece, combining Dr. Adashi’s music with Mr. Touré’s poem, “April 27.” The performance was featured as part of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council’s Diversity Recognition Awards, at 3:30 pm in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus.

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