Now in its ninth season (2021), the Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians Festival honored Black History Month with a series of chamber presentations circling the globe showcasing the Festival’s unique versatility.
Unlike previous years, the Festival adjusted its offerings to accommodate the uncertainty of COVID-19 presenting a series of virtual performances February 3-7, 2021 in many of Charleston’s landmark historic venues as well as a special presentation from Nashville, TN.
Staying true to the Festival’s mission of highlighting black classically trained artists and giving black composers a platform and focus, an array of canonized standard chamber repertoire from baroque, early classical to modern works by noted western composers along with a substantial segment of black female and male composers will be featured.
2021 highlights included chamber selections featuring octets, duos, and individual spotlights including Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major for Strings, and inspired by Florence Price’s legacy and recent notoriety, rising female black composer Valerie Coleman’s work Umoja.
A special duo presentation completed the musical circle with César Franck’s Sonata in A Major and Mozart’s Sonata in E Minor, k. 304 for violin and piano. The global ‘music’ tour presentrf a unique duo featuring violin and double bass of Astor Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations and Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for xylophone and piano.
More info on 2021 Colour of Music Festival Virtual Concert Hall Highlights Video
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