AAMHI

University of Louisville
School of Music

Presents

21st Annual African American Music Heritage Institute
THE CLASSICISTS: THE MUSIC OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017

 

 The University of Louisville School of Music will sponsor the 21st annual African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI) February 13-14, 2017 on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville. This celebration of the history of the music of African Americans will feature concerts, clinics, lectures, and workshops for Kentuckiana elementary and secondary school students, University of Louisville students, and the general public.  This year’s theme is

 

THE CLASSICISTS: THE MUSIC OF AFRICAN AMERICAN

CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

 

The program celebrates the efforts of African American composers and the influence of music of the African Diaspora in the realm of classical music. Many are not aware that there was, and is, a large contingent of African American composers who have transfused classical music forms with the sounds and influences found in music from the African Diaspora. The guest performer is composer, conductor, and educator Quincy Hilliard. Currently, Hilliard holds the position of Composer in Residence and is the Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Dr. Hilliard's compositions have been performed throughout the world. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, Dr. Hilliard is in demand internationally as a conductor, adjudicator, and guest clinician on effective teaching techniques. His frequent commissions include a piece for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the score for the documentary film, The Texas Rangers.

On Monday evening, February 13th, there will be a performance by Hilliard with the U ofL Symphonic Band, which is under the direction of Dr. Amy Acklin at 7:00 PM in Comstock Concert Hall at the U of L School of Music.  The concert will feature works by Hilliard as well as William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, Ulysses Kay, Louisville native Valerie Coleman, and Hale Smith.  Also featured on the concert will be Dr. Hilliard directing the Noe Middle School Band which is under the tutelage of Elizabeth Lyles.  General admission to the performance will be $10 for adults and $5.00 for students.   U of L students will be admitted free with their valid student ID.  Tickets may be reserved by calling (502) 852-6907, or they may purchased at the door.

 

Other Institute events include a workshop presentation for area students and their instructors at 10:00 am, Tuesday, in the Comstock Concert Hall of the U of L School of Music.  There will also be master classes and workshops for U of L School of Music students on Monday and an open Q & A session at 11:00 AM on Tuesday on the art of composition. There is no charge for these Institute events, and the public is invited to attend.

This African American History month event is a part of U of L's celebration of diversity and recognizes the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history.  The African American Music Heritage Institute is being made possible through the generous support of numerous individuals and community and University organizations.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS EVENT, CONTACT THE U OF L SCHOOL OF MUSIC:

Jerry Tolson

AAMHI Director & Coordinator

Professor of Jazz Studies and Music Education

School of Music

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

(502) 852-6972 (office)

Email Jerry Tolson