Performance series at UMMA celebrating black classical musicians coming Jan. 26

The narrated concert is collaboration of U-M schools, museum

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer

Photo courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African American in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

ANN ARBOR - As part of the University of Michigan's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, "Out of the Silence" celebrates the lives of African-American musicians at the turn of the 20th century.

SMTD@UMMA Performance Series: "Out of Silence"
When: Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: UMMA Museum Apse
Free and open to the public 
First come, first served seating

The performance is presented as part of the SMTD@UMMA Performance Series, which annually puts on 6-8 one-of-a-kind performances that connect with the collections, spaces and exhibitions of UMMA and showcases the talent of faculty, students and staff at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Blending live performances and spoken narrative, the evening will explore the spirit and history of seldom-heard African-American classical music by composers Florence Price, Harry T. Burleigh, William Grant Still, Harry Freeman, Margaret Bonds and others. 


University of Michigan Museum of Art Apse (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Special guests will include the 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist, harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, professor emeritus and renowned bass Willis Patterson, and Elizabeth James, program manager and outreach coordinator in the University of Michigan's Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

The performance is a collaboration with the U-M Museuum of Art, U-M's Gershwin Initiative, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the concert production of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" by the University Musical Society.

"Out of Silence" is co-curated by U-M graduate students Austin Stewart and Leah Claiborne.

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