An African American Quilt
6Degrees Composers presents a free concert,
An African American Quilt
Saturday, February 17, 7:30 pm
Sherwood Auditorium, Columbia College Chicago,
1312 South Michigan.
Music by Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kyong Mee Choi, Ester Hana, Marilyn Harris, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, and Patricia Morehead.
Concert- An African American Quilt
Like bed covers, this concert of musical quilts displays strength, creativity, and the warmth of spirituals, blues, jazz, flute Energy, poetry, Mother Earth and love.
Black History Month is celebrated through music. Cain’t See to Cain’t See, a spiritual by Regina Harris Baiocchi tells the story of Black captives meeting in Hush Houses to secretly praise and worship their Motherland Creator. Baiocchi’s Friday Night, for voice and piano, commissioned by American Women Composers Midwest, extols five African American genres: spirituals, blues, work songs, gospel, and jazz. Blooz Man/Poet Woman, for flute/voice and bass clarinet by Janice Misurell-Mitchell, combines two poems by former National Slam Poetry champion, Regie Gibson, in a musical dialog of the sacred as profane, and vice versa.
Patricia Morehead's works reflect a musical journey through outer space exploration and earthly desires. Flares and Phasers, for two alto flutes was inspired by the sun's flares, as seen in the Northern Lights, and quarks, a fundamental element of matter. Meditation, for oboe d'amore expresses earthly desire for peace. Also drawing on celestial imagery is border crossings at sunset, for solo voice/flute by Janice Misurell-Mitchell. The piece was created through an improvisation for an online radio program, The Daily Bell, broadcast from New York in 2008.
Themes of nature are represented in Kyong Mee Choi's work for piano and electronics, Until Heard, which depicts human awe of nature and appreciation for the planet. Beloved is an art song by Regina Harris Baiocchi, based on the poem by Black Arts Movement author Henry Lee Dumas. The poem, "Love Song" personifies Earth and Nature that mirror the persona’s beloved, providing stunning examples of writing for the eye and ear.
Ester Hanviriyapunt's Kahibulongan Variations, i., ii., iii., for piano ensemble celebrates the culture of her native Philippines. “Kahibulongan” in the Cebuano language means “amazing”. Guest composer, Marilyn Harris’s And The Beautiful tells of love lost through death for soprano and piano. The text by Betty Harris (aka Lang Glenzing) is inspired by her late husband.
Performers include Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano, Felicia Patton, mezzo, Elsa Harris, pianist/ singer, Richard Nunley, baritone; Caroline Pittman, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, flutes, Patricia Morehead, oboe d'amore, Katherine Jimoh, bass clarinet; Dana Brown, Ester Hanviriyapunt, and Amy Wurtz, piano.
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