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Shades of Africa 2019

Map of Africa made up of many faces with text Shades of Africa
February 21, 2019

The School of Fine Arts' Department of Music hosts two Shades of Africa Festival concerts: February 28 and March 2. 

The first concert of the 6th Annual Shades of Africa Festival will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Weber Music Hall. This year’s event is entitled A Tribute to African American Women Composers. 

The program includes works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, Margaret Bonds, Valerie Coleman, Sakari Dixon Vandrveer, Allison Loggins Hall, and Melba Liston.

It features performances by UMD music faculty, including Jean R Perrault, viola, Asami Hagiwara, piano, Theodore Schoen, clarinet, Paula Gudmundson, flute, Jacqueline Holstrom, piano, Elias Mokole, baritone, Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer, trumpet, Derek Bromme, trombone and Ryan Frane, piano. 

The second concert, on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 pm in Weber Music Hall, will be a Tribute to Minnesota’s First Black Women Judges and African American Composers. A documentary on the first Black women judges of Minnesota will be shown, followed by the University of Minnesota Duluth Symphony Orchestra performing music by Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Tania Leon.

Both concerts are presented as part of Black History Month and Women’s History Month and are made possible with funding by the UMD Commission for Women.

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