Violin alumna contributed first-person reflections and recordings to the jazz and classical playlists as part of Black History Month celebration
Diane Monroe (Violin ’80) penned articles, shared recordings, and appeared on air on WRTI-FM throughout the week of February 15. “One of the great cross-genre artists of our time,” Ms. Monroe was one of four Black artists featured by the station for Black History Month.
Coverage began with an introductory piece about Ms. Monroe’s varied career, focusing on early influences that led to her success in jazz, including performances with Max Roach and an appearance in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Curtis faculty member Arnold Steinhardt (Violin ’59) remembers her from her years at Curtis as “a brilliant violinist whose heart, wit, and intelligence give unforgettable meaning to every performance.”READ INTRO
WRTI also shared a first-person article by Ms. Monroe about the healing power of music, the emotional intelligence it requires, and her hopes for the future of music “genres.”READ ARTICLE
As a featured artist, Ms. Monroe’s music aired across the jazz and classical playlists all week long. Archives of the broadcasts remain available on WRTI Replay for a limited time.
Selections from Classical Weekdays with Debra Lew Harder include:
Selections from Late Evening Jazz with Courtney Blue include:
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