Black History Month
This program features four generations of leading African American composers, opening with Jessie Montgomery’s brilliant rendition of the National Anthem interwoven with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – often called the Black National Anthem.
Tickets are $20 per household. The concert will premiere at 7:30 p.m. but you can watch the concert any time (and as many times as) you like for 30 days. We recommend linking your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV to enjoy the full visual-audio quality of the performance!
Sat., 3/20, 7:30 p.m. Jessie Montgomery: Banner; Florence Price: Andante Cantabile; Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Grass: Poem for Piano, Strings and Percussion;mAdolphus Hailstork: Sonata da Chiesa; Joseph Joubert, piano; Yaniv Dinur, conductor
The exhibit considers the role of both photographer and subject in representing Blackness. The nature of many of the photographs as private artifacts—mementos created to preserve community history or pass on to loved ones—suggests the power that positive photographic representation held for these Black Americans, even as they survived the violent racism of the US. Photographs allowed them control over their appearance, which also meant control over their dignity and selfhood; they offered a space where Black people could be themselves, or any particular version of themselves. Though the white gaze might eventually fall on the photograph, the work of photographer and subject together created a representation of Blackness that even an adversarial white gaze could not pervert.
Meet Will Liverman
Will Liverman is a young baritone and a new, exciting voice in the opera world. His new album, “Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers,” is a collection of just some of the pieces that he was really drawn to, and highlights Black composers who are significant.
Meet Rudolph Fisher
Rhode Island’s Own Harlem Renaissance Author! Rudolph Fisher, an exemplary student, attended Classical High and Brown University, and went on to a career in medicine and to invent the Black detective novel. Visit https://motifri.com/rudolphfisher/
History of Black Church
A History of the Black Church in Rhode Island, a two-part virtual program. Mon. & Tues., 2/22 & 23, 7 p.m. Learn more and register at https://www.stagesoffreedom.org
Listen to Our 2020 MLK Concert, Let Freedom Roll, Produced with The First Baptist Church in America and Wilson Consulting, LLC: https://vimeo.com/399947978/bd821cde57
Discover Black Past
This 6,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. We invite you to explore and use all the resources of BlackPast. Visit https://www.blackpast.org
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