State of the Arts profiles George Walker, long-time Montclair resident and the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. This year, as Walker celebrates his 90th birthday, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will premier his latest work, Sinfonia No. 4 "Strands." A celebrated concert pianist as well, Walker broke racial barriers within the conservative world of classical music very early on. Conductors Jacques Lacombe, and Jed Gaylin reflect on Walker's extraordinary career. Also, get a front-row seat to New Jersey’s Poetry Out Loud state finals at the College of New Jersey's Kendall Main Stage Theatre. A wildly popular poetry recitation competition, the Poetry Out Loud program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers and help high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The national finals will be held in Washington, DC May 13-15. Plus, a visit to “American Perspectives,” the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries at the NJ State Museum, and “The 39 Steps” at the George Street Playhouse.

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