Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Show Must Go On, Adieu Matthew, Bonjour Colour of Music Festival, Black Professional Classical Musicians Festival October 19-23, Charleston

Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi

Maestro Marlon Daniel

October 13, 2016 Charleston SC— The 2016 Colour of Music Festival is pleased to announce its five-day festival is fast approaching, notwithstanding the wrath of Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath.

Now in its fourth year, the Colour of Music Festival opens this Wednesday, October 19 through Sunday, October 23 presenting a musical kaleidoscope of black classical composers, performers, and artists from across the globe at various venues throughout historic Charleston, South Carolina.

Showcasing acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, the event brings leading performers from Canada, France, Britain, Colombia, and the Caribbean among others to Charleston.

“This is the second year the Festival has opened two weeks after a tropical storm or hurricane and our organizers, the City of Charleston’s Office of the Mayor, Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Area Visitor and Convention Bureau and Gaillard Center management are notifying locals and visitors alike that Charleston is ready to welcome them – we are very appreciative of how everyone is helping us get the word out,” says Lee Pringle, Festival founder and producer.

The Colour of Music Festival includes symposiums, organ and piano recitals, vocal recitals, a chamber series, and an evening Masterworks series including a special Gala evening Saturday, October 22. Highlights include the début of Chevalier de Saint Georges’ only opera every discovered, The Anonymous Lover, featuring Magali Léger, native of Saint George’s birthplace, the Isle of Guadeloupe, showcasing the Festival’s All Things French (Toutes Les Choses Françaises) motif.

Internationally renowned conductor Marlon Daniel will again serve as Festival Music Director with leading black maestros serving as guest conductors to lead the Masterwork Series’ Colour of Music Festival Orchestra.


Special Event Presentation • 6:00pm • Charleston Library Society
Mon Oct 17, Dr. Rufus Jones, Jr., Author, Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad
Symposium Presentations • 10:30am • Gaillard Center, Salon 1
Wed Oct 19, French Connection to
Black Classical Music                                                                                                   
Thu Oct 20, Black Opera Legends                                                                                                                
Fri Oct 21, Black Musicologist Forum                                                                                                          
Sat Oct 22, The Legacy of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor         
High Noon Organ Recitals • 12:00pm • Mt. Zion AME Church
Wed Oct 19, Alvin Blunt                                                                                                                  
Thu Oct 20, Nathaniel Gumbs
Fri Oct 21, Roy Belfield, Jr.                                                                                                              
Sat Oct 22, Rasaan Hakien         
Chamber Music Vocal Matinées • 2:00pm • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Wed Oct 19, KB Solomon, Bass                                                                                                      
Thu Oct 20, Patrick Daily, Countertenor                                                         
Fri Oct 21, Brandie Sutton, Soprano                                                                   
Sat Oct 22, Magali Léger
Ebony and Ivory Piano Recitals • 4:00pm • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Wed Oct 19, Clayton Stephenson                                                                    
Thu Oct 20, Sakura Myers                                                                                                               
Fri Oct 21, Isata Kanneh-Mason                                                                         
Sat Oct 22, Lawrence Quinnett
Chamber Evening Recitals • 6:00pm • Avery Research Center (McKinley Washington Auditorium)
Wed Oct 19, Kanneh-Mason Chamber Trio                                                    
Thu Oct 20, Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, Violinist                                         
Fri Oct 21, Thomas Flippin, Classical Guitarist                                               
Sat Oct 22, Romuald Grimbert-Barré, Violinist  
Masterworks Series • Gaillard Center
Thu Oct 20 8:00pm
The Anonymous Lover (petit opera) AMERICAN PREMIERE     
Colour of Music Virtuosi, Marlon Daniel, conductor
Magali Léger, soprano, Everett Suttle, tenor, Washington Isaac Holmes, baritone

Fri Oct 21 8:00pm
Colour of Music Festival Orchestra                                                   
Marlon Daniel, conductor
Romauld Grimbert-Barré, violin
Clayton Stephenson, piano
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26, Sergei Prokofiev
Prelude à l'Après-midi d'un faune, Claude Debussy
Violin Concerto No.1 in g minor, Op. 26, Max Bruch
The Oak, Florence Price
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, Antonin Dvorak

Sat Oct 22 7:00pm
Gala Performance
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff
Roderick Cox, guest conductor
Brandie Sutton, soprano, Patrick Dailey, countertenor, KB Soloman, bass
Across the Calm Waters of Heaven, Ahmed Alabaca
Sun Oct 23 5:00pm
Matinee Memorial Performance
Requiem, Gabriel Fauré
Schicksalslied, Op. 54 (Song of Destiny), Johannes Brahms
David E. Morrow, guest conductor
Kimwana Doner, soprano, Washington Isaac Holmes, baritone
Colour of Music Festival Ticket Information
In person: Gaillard Center Box Office, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston
By phone (843) 242-3099
At door: (credit card, cash or check) before each performance

Series packages with discounts up to 30% off available; special rates onsite for active duty and reserve U.S. military personnel and college students with ID; all-inclusive packages for college professors/administrators, church groups, and groups of ten or more available; $10 for schools/church youth groups

About the Colour of Music Festival
Based in Charleston, South Carolina and organized in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences throughout the Lowcountry, regionally and nationally.


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