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Clarinetist Anthony McGill #TakesTwoKnees For Social Justice Reform & Inspires Classical Music To Take Notice

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Anthony McGill New York Philharmonic clarinet
Chris Lee / New York Philharmonic
Anthony McGill, principal player in the New York Philharmonic, performs the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto.

Anthony McGill is the first Black principal player in the New York Philharmonic. He performs Sunday, September 20, 2020 for the Denver Friends of Chamber Music, then joins in a conversation about music and social justice with The Spirituals Project at The University of Denver. McGill's Facebook post performing "American The Beautiful" in a minor key and then kneeling at the end has inspired other artists to #TakeTwoKnees to promote racial and social justice within the classical music and arts community.