Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cumberland County College 'to host Feb. 9 Black History Month piano recital and lecture' by Everett N. Jones

[Dr. Everett N. Jones III]
“Cumberland County College hosts Dr. Everett Jones III, Assistant Professor of Piano at Wilberforce University, who will give a piano recital/lecture marking Black History Month. The free concert takes place in the Guaracini Performing Arts Center, 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 and will feature his original works, as well as piano works by African-American composers such as Margaret Bonds, Shawn Okpebholo, William Grant Still and George Walker.

“Dr. Jones, a gifted pianist, composer and lecturer, uses composition to translate classical music to traditional and non-traditional audiences, and teaches the next generation of classical musicians the importance of appreciating and preserving history. He has pioneered performances of William Grant Still and George Walker at many colleges and universities.

“As the Artistic Director of the 2008 William Grant Still Festival, Dr. Jones wrote and secured a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to produced and direct concerts at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the University of Dayton and the Schuster Center.” [Margaret A. Bonds (1913-1972), William Grant Still (1895-1978) and George Walker (b. 1922) are profiled at]

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