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EMANCIPATION 150: Pianist Roy Eaton performs Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Pianist Roy Eaton was among the performers who joined us in April for a concert and conversation, presented by WQXR, about the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in classical music. The event was part of our EMANCIPATION 150 series.

Eaton chatted with hosts Terrance McKnight and Helga Davis about how he came to classical music and the influence that his childhood neighborhood of Sugar Hill - a center for African-American art and culture during the Harlem Renaissance - had on his musical career. He also told the story of how he beat the odds and went on to play piano despite a severe hand injury

Watch his performance of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu below:


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