Saturday, May 17, 2008

CMU to help celebrate African-American culture, history during Idlewild weekend

The News @ Central
Friday, May 16, 2008
IDLEWILD - In a popular vacation spot with a storied history as a resort for African-Americans during the era of segregation, Central Michigan University will help present a weekend of events celebrating diversity in classical music.

CMU professor emerita Sandra Seaton's play The Will, along with a variety of educational sessions, will be presented May 30 through June 1 at the Idlewild Historic Cultural Center, 7025 Broadway Ave. in Idlewild, as part of 'The Will' at Idlewild: Classical Connections to African-American Culture."

Organized by University of Michigan musicologist Naomi Andre, the "Conversations on African-American Culture and Classical Music" symposium will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 31 and will focus on the African-American presence in opera from the late 19th century to the present day. Admission is free to play ticketholders.

Other participants in the weekend's events will include Sphinx Organization President Aaron Dworkin; National Public Radio journalist Celeste Headlee, a former Michigan Opera Theatre performer and the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still; U of M composer Eric Santos; CMU professor of piano Alexandra Mascolo-David; U of M Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice George Shirley; and The Harlem Quartet: A Sphinx Ensemble.” Full Post

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