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RPO trumpeter Herb Smith on how music can break down barriers

Monica Gebell and Herb Smith on "Connections"
Julie Williams
Monica Gebell and Herb Smith on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, September 18, 2023

Can music break down barriers and help people of different backgrounds come together?

It’s a question Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpeter Herb Smith will address during an upcoming concert at the Levine Center to End Hate. During the “Concert to End Hate,” he’ll discuss his experience as a Black man in a genre that has seen comparatively few Black performers, and he’ll talk about how music can forge connections among audience members.

We discuss it all with our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.