African-American Music Planned Jan. 17

Contact: Ralph Derickson or Dwight Newton

Photo of Cliff Jackson
Cliff Jackson

Photo of Shawn-Allyce White
Shawn-Allyce White

Photo of Everett McCorvey
Everett McCorvey


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2004) -- In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the University of Kentucky School of Music will present “Uniquely American: A Celebration of African-American Music” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Recital Hall of the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. For tickets, contact the Singletary Center box office at (859) 257-4929.

There is a long history of music by composers of African descent in America. From Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), to the jazz great Duke Ellington (1899-1974), to contemporary composers David Baker (b.1931) and Robert L. Morris (b.1941), music of African heritage has been interpreted in lyrics, melody and especially rhythm.

“A Celebration of African American Music” will highlight these composers plus traditional spirituals in an evening of instrumental and vocal music. Featured performers will include Cliff Jackson, piano; Benjamin Karp, cello; Miles Osland and Raleigh Dailey, jazz sax and piano; and Shawn-Allyce White, soprano. Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera, will provide opening remarks.

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