Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dominique-René de Lerma: Marti Newland in "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" Wed., April 22, 2015, 7:00 PM, St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University

Marti Newland, PhD, Soprano and Core Lecturer for Music Humanities

Dominique-René de Lerma, 
forwards this release from Marti Newland, PhD, of Columbia University in New York:

"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" Recital and Panel Discussion 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM  
St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University

You are warmly invited to this special event--one that connects the long arc of my work as a scholar, pedagogue and performer. 
"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" features Columbia scholars and musicians as well as Dr. Paul T. Kwami, director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

This is a Columbia Music Performance Program event in conjunction with the Core Curriculum, co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies, the Center for Ethnomusicology, and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:00PM

Columbia University, St. Paul's Chapel: 1160 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, NY

Free admission and open to the public

Through a recital and panel discussion, "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" reconsiders the role of singing concert spirituals among black sopranos in relation to political resistance, musical virtuosity and the sacred. The particularity of performing this body of art songs merges the experiences of enslaved Africans in the United States with the expressive and political moves of western classical arrangers and musicians. The performances and recordings of black sopranos' concert spiritual singing signifies the labor of the feminine and the role of the black sacred experience in the enduring legacy of concert spirituals. The event opens with a performance of selected concert spiritual repertoire popularized among twentieth century black sopranos, immediately followed by a panel discussion in conjunction with the Columbia College Core Curriculum course Music Humanities.


Marti Newland, PhD, Soprano and Core Lecturer for Music Humanities 
Magdalena Stern Baczewska, Pianist and Director of Columbia's Music Performance Program
Dr. Paul T. Kwami, Keyboardist and Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers 
Whitney Slaten, Saxophonist and PhD Candidate Ethnomusicology, Columbia University 
Kevin Fellezs, Assistant Professor of Music and African-American Studies
Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature

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Thank you both for this support! With deep appreciation and respect, Marti [Marti Newland]

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