Saturday, June 14, 2008

Registration Opens for Festival of African and African American Music, Feb. 12-15, 2009

Fred Onovwerosuoke is the composer and musicologist who founded the St. Louis African Chorus. His composition Three Pieces for Flute and Piano opens the CD African Art Music for Flute; Wendy Hymes, flutes; Darryl Hollister, piano; African Music Publishers; AGCD 2081 (2008). He sends us this news release:

Dear friends and colleagues:

Just picture this: top-notch solo/ensemble artists in two full days of recitals, an orchestra of the finest musicians, and a mass choir of over 200 voices performing music by African, African-American and other African-descent composers… You see, once in a very long while we are lucky to be part of an event as huge as the February 12-15, 2009 Festival of African and African-American Music taking place in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. June 30, 2008 is deadline for normal registration – you save $25 (students save $15 from their discount rate!). Call now at 314-652-6800, volunteers are waiting to register you. You may also do so online at

The performance-focused event for artists and scholars from all walks of life collaborating to celebrate music by African, African-American and other African-descent composers. A marketplace for arts promoters of new music for orchestra and chamber groups. A market place for musical works by African-descent composers, and more. The acclaimed festival returns to St. Louis after rounds in New Orleans, Kansas City, Lagos (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana). Featuring exciting concerts and lecture-recitals by some of the world's greatest artists and scholars. Solo performances, chamber and orchestral music groups. Also, discussion forums, Special Gala/Award Ceremony and the launch of new publications by the Oxford University Press, William C. Nyaho’s “Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora” and Fred Onovwerosuoke’s “Songs of Africa”.

Special Guests:
Nyaho-Garcia Piano Duo, Seattle, WA
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine,
Chicago, IL
Pianist Silvia Belfiore
Pianist William C. Nyaho, Seattle, WA
Flutist Wendy Hymes, New Orleans, LA
Oboist Althea Ifeka
Equinox Chamber Players, St. Louis
Musicians of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Marlon Daniel
(New York)
Winneba Youth Choir (Ghana)
National Troupe of Nigeria
St. Louis Children's Choirs

University City High School Choir
McCluer North High School Orchestra
Mehlville High School Band, Mehlville
Kirkwood Community College Concert Choir, Cedar Rapids, IA, and more

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