SMTD@UMMA Performance Series:
Out of the Silence
A Narrated Concert to Honor Black Classical Musicians of the Past
Friday, Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Out of the Silence celebrates the musical life of African Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Mixing spoken narrative and live musical performances, this evening will explore the history and meanings of African American classical music through seldom-heard works by the black American composers William Grant Still, Florence Price, Harry Freeman, Harry T. Burleigh, and Margaret Bonds, among others. Special guests will include professor emeritus and renowned bass Willis Patterson and the 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist, harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, and Elizabeth James, Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator in the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
Presented on the occasion of the University of Michigan’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, this performance is a collaboration with the U-M Museum of Art, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, U-M’s Gershwin Initiative and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance / University Musical Society’s concert production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Out of the Silence, co-curated by U-M graduate students Leah Claiborne and Austin Stewart, is presented as part of the SMTD@UMMA Performance Series which presents 6-8 unique performances each year that connect with the exhibitions, collections, and spaces of UMMA and showcases the talent of SMTD faculty, students and staff.
Photo courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African American in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library