As part of the University of Mississippi’s observance of Black History Month, the Department of Music will present its annual concert Thursday night.
The event begins at 7:30 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.
“The Department of Music does a Black History Month concert every February, led by the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble and featuring a variety of musical ensembles and guest performers,” said J. Ryan Breeland, program coordinator.
“Our repertoire features Ghanaian dances and compositions by William Grant Still, Ayatey Shabazz, William Owens, Michael Ndow, Robert Sheldon, Len ‘Boogie’ Sharpe, Rafael De Leon, et al, John Rosamond Johnson, Daniel Kelley, Mary Lou Williams and Oliver Nelson.”
Featured ensembles include the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, directed by George Dor; the UM Steel Orchestra and World Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ricky Burkhead; the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michael Worthy; and the UM Concert Band, directed by Randy Dale.
Guest artists scheduled are Johnny Lane, renowned percussionist and UM professor emeritus; Samuel K. Elikem Nyamuame, co-director of Binghamton University’s African Music and Dance Ensemble; and Damien Wash, vocalist and UM alumnus. Music student soloists are George Money, vibraphone; Christopher Scott, saxophone; Kashaun Wortham, violoncello; Brandon Collins, clarinet; and Jasmaine Wilbert, lead voice.
A UM wind quintet will also perform. Members include Donnie McGee, flute; Pamela Ponce, oboe; Kim Cassisa, clarinet; Traces Brooks, horn; and Madison Lorenzo, bassoon. Accompanists are Gordon Jason and Stacy Rodgers.
Historical columnist Jack Mayfield continues his series for Black History Month this week with information about the area’s first black schools. (February 22, 2015, Page 2C)
Historical columnist Jack Mayfield continues his Black History Month series this week by writing about the Rev. Wayne Johnson, who was active in the Oxford community. (February 15, 2015, Page 2C)
Flora A. Caldwell writes to give a little background on why February is Black History Month while Gene Hays writes to say that Republicans are just as concerned about public education in Mississippi as anyone. (February 27, 2012, Page 4A)
Columnist and local historian Jack Mayfield continues his series on slavery during the Civil War as part of Black History Month. (February 10, 2012, Page 2B)
Lafayette County Circuit Court Clerk Baretta Mosley talks about her first five weeks in office and being the first African American person to win a county-wide election in today’s EAGLE. (February 7, 2012, Page 1)
On Feb. 27, the Union Baptist Church of Buford, Ga. concluded its month-long celebration of Black History Month with a tribute to the late Leonard Thompson who died June 22, 2010 after going into anaphylactic shock from a wasp sting. (March 9, 2011, Page 2)
OXFORD TOWN To celebrate and round out Black History Month, the Department of Music at Ole Miss is hosting its annual concert “A Celebration of Diversity and Culture” tonight (Feb. 24) in Nutt Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Page 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has full details about the free event which will feature tons of music and dance featuring the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble (pictured) and the University of Mississippi Steel Drum Orchestra. (February 24, 2011, Page 11)