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DSO Classical Roots Gala
In 1978, a year after the powerful miniseries “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” aired on TV, the DSO launched the Classical Roots concerts to increase awareness of classical music contributions by African Americans. Fifteen years ago, a black tie social was added to the Saturday night concert. The recent soiree raised, according to event co-chair Jason Tinsley, a new record – $250,000. That may well be because it honored beloved judge Damon Keith and violinist Joe Striplin, who, in 1972, was the first African American member of the DSO.
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