Little Known Black History Fact: Earnestine Rodgers Robinson

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Robinson never received formal musical training. Only eight years after she was inspired by the holiday play at church, Robinson’s compositions were featured in Billboard Magazine. “The Crucifixion” became the focus piece for the 1995 musical special “A Woman and Her Music,” which aired across the country on PBS. That same piece carried Robinson to the stage at Carnegie Hall. Her work was adored by national outlets like CNN and NPR.

The unlikely composer would return to Carnegie Hall in 2001 for her piece entitled “The Nativity.” The piece has been received in both the United States and Europe.

The life and work of Earnestine Rodgers Robinson is the core of a new documentary called “Sounds of a Miracle” which has been screened at several film festivals.

Robinson is currently working on her latest piece oratorio, “The Ten Commandments”, which is scheduled to premiere at Carnegie Hall and at the prestigious Lincoln Center.

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