Colour of Music Festival/Black Classical Musicians Returns to Charleston Jan 29-Feb 1

Robert L. Davis

The Colour of Music Festival announces the eighth annual Colour of Music Festival (COMF) January 29-February 1, 2020 at three historic Charleston locations showcasing leading black classical artists from France, Britain, Colombia, and the Caribbean. The 2020 winter Chamber Series will feature members of an ‘elite’ Colour of Music Festival Octet and Quintet group of musicians highlighting performances that include Felix Mendelssohn’s Grand Octet and Florence B. Price’s and Johannes Brahms Piano Quintets. 

Since 2013 the Colour of Music Festival (COMF) has brought international, national, and regional classically trained black musicians of African descent to share their musical talents, knowledge, and inspiration to Charleston. Since 2018 the Festival has also traveled to leading collegiate venues and performance halls in Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

Winter 2020 Colour of Music Festival Highlights

Performances will take place in intimate settings for audiences to experience up close and feel the magic of how classical music originated, i.e., in salon settings. 

Featured highlights include one of COMF’s star musicians, clarinetist Robert L. Davis, who served as principle clarinetist for four years and was also noted in a COMF CBS Evening News feature in 2015. Mr. Davis will perform Mozart’s and Samuel Coleridge Taylors’s Clarinet Quintets. Also débuting is the new all-star Colour of Music Festival Octet, an elite group of eight black string instrumentalists, performing Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20 and Fugues by Mozart and Bach. 

Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violinist, will join her touring colleague pianist Kyle P. Walker to present Florence B. Price’s Piano and String Quintet in A Minor and Johannes Brahms’ Piano and String Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 in a grand setting in historic Murray Center Salon in Spoleto Festival USA.

Additional performances will take place at the historic Edmonston-Alston House Museum Salon, 21 East Bay Street and Middleton Place Pavilion, 4300 Ashley River Road (Hwy 61) surrounded by ancient live oak trees in a new state-of-the art facility.

“Coming off of a remarkable fall season of Masterwork gems with 88 musicians on stage at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University and 60+ musicians at historic Chappelle Auditorium at Allen University we are thrilled to showcase a more intimate program which we are calling our Charleston winter showcase.” said Lee Pringle, Founder and Artistic Director of the Colour of Music Festival.

Anyango Yarbo-Davenport


Wednesday, January 29 

Spotlight Piano Recital • 2 p.m.

Leonard Hayes, pianist 

Murray Center Salon

Wednesday, January 29

Chamber Music I  • 7 p.m.

Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Robert L. Davis, Clarinet

Florence B. Price String Quartet in G-Minor

Edmonston-Alston House Salon

Thursday, January 30

Vocal Recital • 2 p.m.

Indra Thomas, soprano

Marcena Kinney, Accompanist 

Murray Center Salon

Thursday, January 30 

Chamber Music II  • 7 p.m.

Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet

Robert L. Davis, Clarinet

Mozart String Quartet/Divertimento

Edmonston-Alston House Salon

Friday, January 31  

Spotlight Brass Ensemble • 2 p.m.

Eganam K. Segbefia, Trumpet

Jahleel Smith, Trombone

Leonard Hayes, Piano

Murray Center Salon

Friday, January 31

Chamber Music III

Felix Mendelssohn Octet • 7 p.m.

Middleton Place Pavilion

Saturday, February 1 

Johannes Brahms & Florence B. Rice Piano Quintets • 7:30 p.m.

Murray Center Salon

Colour of Music Festival Tickets and Information: $15-$35 

By phone (866) 811-4111


At door: (credit card, cash or check) before each performance

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