VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: GENERATIONS: MUSIC AND THE BLACK FAMILYSaturday, February 6, 2021, 1 pm
This engaging panel discussion, based on the 2021 Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASLAH) theme of the Black family, delves into a focus of generations and how musical differences and similarities have helped unify or divide the Black American family. The multi-generational panel includes a music historian, social scientist, and musician. Produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) and moderated by arts journalist Patrick D. McCoy.
Virtual Book and Film Discussion: In Memorium: Toni Morrison 1931-2019Tuesdays, February 2 & 9, 2021, 7 pm
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Last year we lost a lyrical, insightful, insistent, and loving voice in American literature. A woman fully committed to the power of language and cultural integrity. In her 1993 Nobel acceptance speech, she cautioned: ”Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge……..[It]must be rejected, altered, exposed.” Her deeply personal and probing novels investigate every aspect of Black experience across America’s historical spectrum, confronting fundamental questions about human rights, decency, and justice that still challenge us today. They explore the cultural world she knew and championed. Led by Dr. Karen Arnold, join us to watch the 2019 documentary, Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am, a stunning overview of her entire career and a deep look into her life’s path and work. We will also discuss the work of African American writers she brought to light as a Random House editor, inviting Black writers into the white publishing world. She altered America’s public conversations forever with her vision and the chorus of new, vital voices.
Virtual Voices from the Past: Leontyne PriceSunday, February 21, 2021, 4 pm
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Living opera legend Leontyne Price will celebrate her 94th birthday on February 10th. Price attended the College of Educational and Industrial Arts in Wilberforce, Ohio and Juilliard School of Music in New York City before rising to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s for her roles in Four Saints in Three Acts, Porgy and Bess, and The Magic Flute, to name a few. She toured internationally, appeared on NBC, and won several awards, including the Presidential Freedom Award and 15 Grammy Awards. Join our virtual birthday tribute celebration! Performed by sopranos of all ages, ranging 18 to 58, and produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).
Check back soon for information about our 2021 Classical Recital Competition!