February is Black History Month, but Bellarmine University’s Why Just in February? concert series ensures that the music of otherwise little-heard African-American classical composers is heard well into the spring.
The free, final offering of the 2010-2011 series will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday April 12, at 7:30 P.M. at Highland Baptist Church, 1101 Cherokee Road in the Highlands. The program, “Traditional Negro Spirituals,” will be performed by mezzo-soprano Karmesha Peake, a Louisville native and graduate of the University of Kentucky’s School of Music, and accompanied by pianist Austin Echols and improvisational organist Owen Sammons. Additionally, members of the Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble will perform arrangements of traditional spirituals by Bob Burroughs and Dick Averre.
The concert series is jointly sponsored by the Bellarmine’s Music in the Black Church Seminar, Bellarmine’s Music in Louisville Seminar and the Bellarmine Chorale. For more information, contact Dr. A. T. Simpson Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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