Monday, March 17, 2008

Festival of African & African American Music in St. Louis Feb. 12-15, 2009

[Fred Onovwerosuoke, Ph.D., Founder/Director, St. Louis African Chorus]

Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, Director of the St. Louis African Chorus, announces the "Festival of African & African American Music (FESAAM) 2009: Tribute to Great African Composers":

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please mark your calendar for February 12-15, 2009. Our acclaimed music festival, the Festival of African & African American Music, returns to St. Louis, Missouri. Co-hosted by the St. Louis African Chorus, in partnership with Webster University, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and participating schools from the St. Louis Schools District.

i. February 12, 2009: Paper presentations

ii. February 13, 2009: Lecture-recitals

iii. February 14, 2009: Special Gala by Oxford University Press (Launch of William Chapman Nyaho’sPiano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora” and Fred Onovwerosuoke’s “Songs of Africa”

iv. February 14, 2009: Chamber music and orchestra concerts

v. February 15, 2009: Orchestra concert

Special Guests: Pianist Silvia Belfiore (Italy), Oboist Althea Ifeka (UK), Conductor Marlon Daniel (New York), Winneba Youth Choir (Ghana), Boys Choir of Kenya (Kenya), St. Louis Children’s Choirs, McCluer North High School Orchestra, University City High School Choir (St. Louis), Mehlville High School Band, and more!

For details and updates please visit or call Wendy Hymes (paper presentation and lecture-recitals) or Ablawa Reine (registration and general logistics) at 314-652-6800. Looking forward to the biggest event yet. Please forward to your own email lists.


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