Details have been announced for “The Colour of Music,” a four-day festival spotlighting black composers and musicians in Charleston, South Carolina from October 22 to 26, under the direction of conductor Marlon Daniel. The festival will encompass chamber concerts, recitals, panel discussions, and full-orchestra concerts with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra. Music will include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Concert Suite, the Overture to Fred Onovwerosuoke’s The Gathering, William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, the world premiere of a new work by Dominique Le Gendre, Charlestonia (Folk Rhapsody for Orchestra No. 1) by Edmund Thornton Jenkins, and Nkeiru Okoye’s Voices Shouting Out. The Elliott Quartet will perform with harpist Brandee Younger on a program of music by Debussy, Ravel, and Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Wayne S. Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre, will give a keynote address about black classical music administrators, and there will be a community symposium about black classical female composers. More information is available at colourofmusic.org. Colour of Music founder and general manager Lee Pringle is president of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and consults on four annual productions from that orchestra, including the CSO Gospel Christmas and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial concerts.
Posted August 27, 2014