The Music Plays On — Calvin Simmons

Calvin Simmons

Calvin Simmons, one of the first African Americans to lead a major symphony orchestra in the United States, was born in 1950 in San Francisco. Simmons joined the San Francisco Boys Chorus and by the time he was 11, and through the encouragement of their director, he was occasionally conducting them. At the age of 22 he became an assistant conductor of the San Francisco Opera, receiving the Kurt Herbert Adler Award. He made his…



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