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Colour of Music: All Black Classical Musicians Festival Oct 22-26
8/27/2014 3:58:09 PM

Maestro Marlon Daniel
The Second Annual Colour of Music Festival will usher in the fall arts season in Charleston October 22-26, 2014. Over twenty performances will showcase the breadth and influence of blacks on the classical music world past and present. The five-day festival features top black musicians, vocalists, and orchestra leaders from across the globe performing piano, organ, voice recitals, and chamber works. The Festival Chorus includes the host ensemble the CSO Spiritual Ensemble, the Colour of Music Chorale, Bennett College, Benedict College and Winton-Salem State University Choirs. The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Morehouse Glee Club will also be featured in two pre-Festival performances October 17 and 23.

Showcasing acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Orchestra, the Festival will showcase some of the top black classical musicians in the US, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world. This convergence of talent will  converge on a number of historic Charleston venues including the Charleston Museum, Memminger Auditorium, and Saint Stephens and Grace Episcopal Churches.

Maestro Marlon Daniel, Music Director of New York-based Ensemble Du Monde, Artistic Director of Festival International Saint-Georges and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta in Bulgaria, will once again conduct the Festival orchestra in a performance highlighting black composers and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Concert Suite. The Festival Orchestra will also reintroduce Charleston’s ‘father of classical music’ Edmund Thornton Jenkin’s composition Charlestonia: A Folk Rhapsody. Dr. David Morrow, Director of the Morehouse Glee Club, will conduct the Festival’s finale performance—Verdi’s mammoth Messa di Requiem, an ode to Le Chevalier de St. Georges and the many black composers who for more than 300 years have received scant artistic recognition.

“Though limited in numbers on American concert stages, classically trained black artists have contributed significantly to classical music.. The Festival hopes to inspire young black students to further their musical pursuits in the classical realm, including the pipe organ,” said Lee Pringle, Festival Founder and General Manager of the Festival.

“This one-of-its-kind festival, with professional black musicians coming together in one of American’s admired cities, Charleston, inspires me to contribute to this history-making effort,” says Maestro Daniel, Festival Music Dire Full schedule and tickets can be found online at or by calling (866) 811-4111. Series packages with discounts up to 30% off are available. For all-inclusive packages for college professors and administrators and/or for groups of ten (10) or more use code: GR. Tickets are $7.00 for schools and church youth groups. Tickets also available at the door (credit card, cash or check) one hour before each performance.

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