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Classical Musicians of African Descent

Evelyn Simpson Curenton, composer (b. 1953)

Evelyn Simpson Curenton

Philadelphia-born composer, arranger, pianist, organist, artistic director, lecturer, producer, and clinician, Simpson-Curenton is Music Director of the Washington Performing Arts Society's Men and Women of the Gospel and an associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Simpson-Curenton has been commissioned to write works for the American Guild of Organists, George Shirley, the late Duke Ellington, and her sister, the late Joy Simpson. Simson-Curenton was one of four composers commissioned to complete seven arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York's Metropolitan Opera. Among the orchestras and ensembles that have performed her works in the U.S., include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the U.S. Marine band.