The Colour of Music Festival highlights historically overlooked black composers

The fest is in its fifth year

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The Colour of Music Festival returns for its fifth year to various local venues Wed. Oct 18 through Sun. Oct. 22.

Featuring black classical composers and performers from around the world, the festival showcases the works of musicians whose names have been historically overlooked in the United States.

Some of this year’s highlights include a tribute to opera soprano Leontyne Price, a performance from German Maestro Kazem Abdullah leading the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Orchestra, a Matinee Memorial performance honoring the Emanuel Nine, and a debut of a piece in memory of those who lost their lives during the Middle Passage, when millions of Africans were shipped to the New World as part of the Atlantic slave trade.

The event will take place at a number of venues around Charleston including the Gaillard Center, Memminger Auditorium, St. Philip’s Church, and the Murray Center Salon.

Tickets are $11-$72. For more information, go to colourofmusic.org.

The full schedule is as follows:

Chamber Music Vocal Matinee: Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
Wednesday October 18
2 p.m.
Murray Center Salon, 14 George St.

Chamber Music Series: Wade Stewart Davis, cello, and Leslie Paris Kwan, harpsichord
Wed. Oct. 18
7 p.m.
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Chamber Music Vocal Matinee: Angela Brown, Soprano

Thurs. Oct. 19
2 p.m.
Murray Center Salon, 14 George St.

Chamber Music Series: Colour of Music Virtuosi (all-female orchestra)

Thurs. Oct. 19
7 p.m.
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Symposium Presentation: Ode to Leontyne Price
Fri. Oct. 20
10 a.m.
Gaillard Center Salon, 95 Calhoun St.

High Noon Organ Recital: Collin Richardson
Fri. Oct. 20
12 p.m.
St. Philips Church, 142 Church St.

Ebony and Ivory Piano Recital: Nnenna Ogwo
Fri. Oct. 20
5 p.m.
Murray Center Salon 14 George St.

Chamber Music Series: Grimbert-Barre Trio
Fri. Oct. 20
7 p.m.
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Symposium Presentation: The Legacy of Black Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Sat. Oct. 21
10 a.m.
Gaillard Center Salon, 95 Calhoun St.

High Noon Organ Recital: Mick Thomas Terry
Sat. Oct. 21
12 p.m.
St. Philips Church, 142 Church St.

Ebony and Ivory Piano Recital: Dynasty Battles
Sat. Oct. 21
5 p.m.
Murray Center Salon, 14 George St.

Gala Evening Performance featuring Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915 featuring soprano, Angel Brown, and The Song of Hiawatha’s Overture and Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast featuring internationally acclaimed tenor Roderick Dixon; Maestro Kazem Abdullah conducting the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra
Sat. Oct. 21
7 p.m.
Gaillard Center Performance Hall

Matinee Memorial Honoring Black Composers of Our Past and Emanuel-9 Survivors featuring Robert Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and the world première of Trevor Weston’s Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked under the baton of Atlanta’s Morehouse College conductor David E. Morrow
Sun. Oct. 22
5 p.m.
Gaillard Center Performance Hall

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