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News Tidbits

St. Louis, USA:
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, Webster University Chorale & Choral Club, the Legend Singers and the Equinox Chamber Players joined the St. Louis African Chorus to host the world during the inaugural Festival of African & African-American Music, March 30-April 1, in St. Louis. According the Leo Sarkisian, producer of Music Time in Africa for the Voice of America, the International Consortium couldn’t have chosen a better host for the inaugural event: the great musical city of St. Louis... The festival was a historic gathering, and showcased a record repertoire of music by black composers.

Cambridge, UK:

Composition in Africa and the Diaspora: An International Symposium and Festival. Churchill College, University of Cambridge. 2-4 August. 6 August at St. Pancras Parish Church. This event is dedicated to Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Ghanaian scholar and composer, and to Professor Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian composer, to celebrate their 80th birthdays.

Windhoek, Namibia:
The International Federation of Choral Music will join Namibia’s Ministry of Basic Education & Culture to present Choral Workshop in Namibia. The event will hold August 25 through September 1, and will feature concerts, panel discussions, master classes by world-class directors. The special focus will be on choral music from around Africa. Fred Onovwerosuoke, St. Louis African Chorus director, will give a special presentation on "Training Non-natives to Teach and Perform African Choral Music," and will conduct a concert by the Namibian Youth Choir. 

New Orleans, USA:
In collaboration with Dillard University, one of America’s premier historic Black Colleges and Universities, JPAS will host the 2002 Festival of African & African-American Music – FESAAM – an international collection of activities related to the culture of Africa and its Diaspora. Activities include a series of concerts of new music, recitals, scholastic symposia, and special cultural presentations held throughout the community. In addition, FESAAM 2002 boasts three special programs of immense interest. FESAAM, in addition to the plethora of activities at Dillard, includes: a lecture at Amistad Research Center and a presentation at the Hogan Jazz Archive with a special screening of the semidocumentary "The Cry of Jazz." These events are free and open to the public.

WORLD PREMIERE!
Or
unmila’s Voices by Akin Euba. Orunmila’s Voices: Songs From The Beginning Of Time is a multi-disciplinary composition for soloists, chanters, chorus, dancers and full symphony orchestra. It will be performed in the Yoruba language (native to the peoples of southwest Africa) with English subtitles. JPAS Symphony Orchestra - Dennis G. Assaf, Conductor; JPAS Symphony Chorus - Dr. Louise LaBrayčre, Director; Dillard University Concert Choir - Dr. S. Carver Davenport, Director; Vocal Soloists, Chanters, African Dance and Percussion.

Washington D.C.,USA:
"Spiritual Fantasy: Organ Music by Black Composers" WILLIAM GRANT STILL (arr. Weathersby): Summerland, fr 3 Visions. Wendy Hymes, flute; Lucius Weathersby (1864 Willis Organ/Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Devonshire, England) Albany CD-440 (www.albanyrecords.com) Effectively transcribed from an original piano meditation, Still’s hauntingly beautiful melody goes beyond the stereotypical "spiritual" to a quiet realm of inspired fantasy. The entire album provides insight to the remarkable work of African and African-American composers in "the art of the organ." On beyond Bach—and more than mere curiosity. - Michael Barone (National Public Radio).

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