Pianist Althea Waites was one of eight guest artists who participated in a concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The event was sponsored by MUSIC UNTOLD, a Long Beach cultural organization which focuses on diversity in the arts via new music, concerts, film, community outreach programs, and theater presentations. The September 22 concert featured music from the Civil War era, pieces by African-American composers, and other works from the opera repertoire. KUSC will broadcast the concert, date TBA. Ms. Waites also premiered a work on her September 23 FAS recital by Curt Cacioppo, whose music is featured on her new album, “Celebration: Music of American Composers,” scheduled to be released on October 15.