Saturday, January 31, 2009

Collaborative Piano Blog: Raymond Jackson at Bethesda's Strathmore on February 10

Our friend Chris Foley of Toronto sends us a very interesting post on Raymond Jackson, a pianist who is on the faculty of Howard University:
Friday, January 30, 2009
If you're in the Washington, D.C. area in early February, you might want to take the drive out to Bethesda, Maryland on the evening of February 10 to hear an innovative program given by pianist and Howard University faculty member Raymond Jackson at Strathmore. Entitled From Beethoven to Eubie Blake: Discoveries and Connections, this lecture recital juxtaposes the music of European composers with composers of African descent. The recital will take place at 7:30pm on February 10 in The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Tickets are $25. Here's the program: 'From Beethoven to Eubie Blake: Discoveries and Connections'. A Lecture Recital Featuring Works for the Keyboard by Composers of European and African* Descent.” [Full Post]

Composers of African Descent on the program are Frederick Eliot Lewis (1846- ? ); Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912); Hall Johnson (1888-1970); and James Hubert “Eubie” Blake (1883-1993). The post ends with this comment: “I really like the way that Jackson juxtaposes these styles alongside each other, and in my experience audiences have responded highly favorably to this type of programming. Best of luck to Raymond for what looks to be a fascinating recital.”

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