Biography of Raphael Michael:
Composer Michael Raphael, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music of Cincinnati University where he received the bachelor of music degree in musical composition. He has written music for voice, piano, flute, trumpet and strings and various other instruments. Some of his works include an opera "Nat Turner" based on the life of the Virginian, American fugitive slave, a ballet "The Unicorn", "Elegy for Strings for Martin Luther King Jr." a moving tribute to the civil rights leader, a musical "Children of the Night" about the life of runaway-throw away children living on the streets, and "Serenade for Strings". Raphael also had the premier of seven new arrangements of Spirituals dedicated to Kevin Maynor and written for bass, chorus and orchestra in February 2000 with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He has had works performed at Lincoln Center and all over the country and Europe and the Virgin Islands. He also works as an artist, musician and author.