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New Film Recovers The Story Of Classical Music’s Forgotten Black Virtuoso

At age 2, Joshua Coyne was removed from his Kansas City home with broken legs and hips. His foster mother was responsible. He was placed in the care of Jane Coyne, a single woman with a love of classical music. During his recovery, Jane began to play a Puccini aria and to her surprise, Joshua was able to hum it back, note for note. From there, Jane began to help him hone his gift as a musical prodigy. Young Joshua began formal musical lessons at 4 and two years later, debuted as a paid violinist. He performed for then-Senator Barack Obama at a campaign rally at the tender age of 14. He put his studies at the Manhattan School of Music to use, composing the score of Janet Langhart Cohen's one-act play Anne and Emmett. Now, at 20, he is the face of the film adaptation of Rita Dove's... Read More →
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