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Greenline Housing Holds Music for the Movement Concert

The Greenline Housing Foundation will be presenting a benefit concert, Music for the Movement, for racial housing justice on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at All Saints Church in Pasadena, located at 132 N. Euclid Ave.
The Greenline Housing Foundation provides down payment grants, home maintenance grants and financial education to qualified people of color to purchase or maintain a home, in order to reverse the effects of systemic racism in housing.
In a short period of time, the foundation has awarded more than $570,000 in grants and helped more than 20 families of color purchase their first home in Southern California and throughout the United States. For more information on Greenline, visit greenlinehousing.org.
The event will include music by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles studio musicians, featuring works by Mozart and original music by members of the Composer’s Diversity Collective, including Michael Abels, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of the Composer’s Diversity Collective. Abels is best known for his musical scores for the hit motion pictures “Nope” and “Get Out.” The work titled “Breathe” by Jongnic Bontemps was inspired by the tragedy of George Floyd. Bontemps composed the score to the recently released “Transformers: Rise of the Beast.” There will be a work titled “Ecstatic Samba” by up-and-coming composer Kevin Day, an internationally acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist whose music often intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music and contemporary classical idioms. Considered for a Pulitzer Prize in 2022 for his “Concerto for Wind Ensemble,” Day has composed more than 200 works, with numerous performances throughout the United States, Russia, Austria, Australia, Taiwan, South Africa and Japan. Lastly, there will be an arrangement of “Adorations” by the late Black composer Florence Price. Price attended the New England Conservatory in the early 1900s and was both a talented pianist and composer. In 2011, lost works of the late Price were discovered in the house where she resided many years earlier.
Additionally, Leah Rothstein, the daughter of “The Color of Law” author Richard Rothstein, will be interviewed during the event and on hand to sign books for the newly released “Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law.”
A reception will follow the event. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the door.

First published in the August 12 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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