HOUSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - Musicians from all throughout the world are in Houston for the weekend as part of the Colour of Music – a black classical music festival. But there’s also homegrown talent, including a mother and son duo of violists from Houston.
“When I started realizing there were African-born composers that had written classical music, orchestra music, I was really excited,” said Anne Lundy, who is also a conductor.
Fifteen years ago, Lundy shared her love for black classical music with her son, Gregory Lewis.
“Eons ago I was his first teacher," added Lundy. "Of course, that’s long since gone. Now, he could teach me almost because he’s in graduate school. The fact that he stayed with it to me is, I just really love it.”
This weekend, the mother-son duo takes the stage together at the Moores Opera House on the University of Houston main campus.
“It is very fun," said Lewis. "We have played together at times before but never a setting of this level — this level of musicians.”
Colour of Music Festival is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and is in Houston for the first time ever.
“I really love the music that we’re doing,” Lewis told FOX 26 News. “It’s music that I don’t get to do often. Coleridge Taylor, a black composer. You just don’t see that a lot, done by mainstream orchestras.”
“It’s just really exciting to see so many African Americans coming together and really exploring classical music,” added Lundy. She is also the founder and conductor of the Community Music Center of Houston Scott Joplin Orchestra.
Lundy hopes more will learn about this music and perform it.
“It’s beautiful music!,” exclaimed Lundy.
For a schedule of performances, click here.