Tona Brown, a transgender violinist and mezzo-soprano, will make history as the first openly transgender woman of color to perform at the iconic Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 7:30PM.
Her performance will feature music from her debut album, “This Is Who I Am,” which will include African American Art Songs and spirituals.
“The concert is called ‘From Stonewall to Carnegie Hall’ because we want to educate people about the plight of LGBT Americans, from 1969 to the present, through music and speech,’ Brown said.
Brown has a long list of achievements, which includes her participation in the It Gets Better Project, encouraging young people to be themselves:
“My advice for transgender youth is to not allow others to make you believe that you are not worthy of achieving whatever dreams you have. I can’t tell you how many people had no problems telling me that I would not succeed being ‘out,’ as a transgender artist.”