Solange Knowles makes debut at NYC Ballet as one of the first Black female composers

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Superstar singer and songwriter Solange Knowles continues to expand her musical resume. 

The 36-year-old entertainer attended the 10th anniversary Fall Fashion Gala in New York Wednesday, after commissioned by the New York City Ballet to compose an original score for the special event and the ballet season. According to the organization, Solange became only the third woman and second Black woman to compose a piece for the ballet. Columbian musician Lido Pimienta composed an original for the NYCB 2021 Fall Gala

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer took to Twitter last month to share the exciting news. 

“Very excited to announce i’ve composed an original score for the New York City Ballet,” she wrote. “choreography by Gianna Reisen , score performed by the City Ballet Orchestra + soloist from my ensemble.”

Rooting for Solange was none other than her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, who acknowledged her daughter’s great achievements in a sweet message on Instagram.

“I am beyond proud of Solange ! She is always kicking down doors and opening doors for other Artist of Color!” she captioned the post, sharing a photo of Solange’s spread in The New York Times. “Congratulations my little genius I love you and am so proud ! Keep on opening doors.”

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Per Solange’s social media, her music can be heard during shows held throughout the month of October and again in May. 

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