Sunday, February 26, 2012

Drexel Concert Band Performs Valerie Coleman's 'Roma' and 'Umoja' at Kimmel Center 7 PM Feb. 29

[Valerie Coleman]

On Feb. 5, 2012 AfriClassical posted: “ Drexel ConcertBand at Kimmel Center 7 PM Feb. 29 in Bonds, Coleman, Dickerson,Hailstork, Nelson & C.C. White.” Drexel University provides additional details of the event:

Drexel University

When: Wed, February 29, 8 pm
Where: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center


The University Concert Band will take the stage at the Kimmel Center for an evening dedicated to a wide range of African American composers in honor of Black History Month. Dr. Mike Moss, Music Program Director, has devoted his scholarship to this little-known repertoire, and he will conduct the Concert Band on Wednesday, February 29th at 8 PM in a concert at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater (300 S Broad St). At 7 PM a pre-concert discussion will be held by Stanford Thompson and Jeri Lynn Johnson.  Admission is $5 with a Drexel ID and $10 for the general public. 

"The Coleman commissions involve a consortium of 25 university bands, including Yale, Clemson, Morgan State, and Auburn, and were initiated by Dr. Moss and our University.”

Dr. Myron D. Moss has provided AfriClassical with this program:

Music of African American Composers

Umoja - Valerie Coleman

Essay for Band - Roger Dickerson

His Song - R. Nathaniel Dett,
Arranged by William L. Dawson

Triumphal March - Clarence Cameron White
Orchestration by Jack Stamp

Roma - Valerie Coleman


Troubled Water - Margaret Bonds
Tim Ribchester, Piano

Minstrel Man - Margaret Bonds
Dream Variation - Margaret Bonds
Perry Brisbon, Tenor; Tim Ribchester, Piano

New “Wade ‘N Water” - Adolphus Hailstork

Fugue and Bossa - Oliver Nelson

Look to This Day - Adolphus Hailstork
With the Drexel University Choru

[Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941) and Margaret Allison Bonds (1913-1978) are profiled at, which features a comprehensive works list for Margaret Bonds by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,]  

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