AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Honoring PSO and Solo Pianist
Pianist Billy Strayhorn of East Liberty and violinist Papa John Creach of Beaver Falls both wanted to be classical musicians, but the unjust Jim Crow rules of the Classical music world blocked their careers. Patricia Prattis Jennings helped breaked down those unjust rules when in 1966 she became the first African American woman to sign a full contract with a major American Symphony: the PSO. She appeared with the PSO in concerts around the world, on the Previn and the Pittsburgh PBS series, and on award winning recordings. As a solo artist she performed with Arthur Fielder and the World Symphony and with Bennie Goodman at Carnegie Hall, Wolftrap, and the Dorthy Chandler Pavilions.
Jennings in Concert with Bennie Goodman