UMD Department of Music to host Shades of Africa Music Festival


Chantal Lavigne. Submitted

Chantal Lavigne. Submitted

The UMD Department of Music’s Shades of Africa Music Festival will be held April 2-6 at Weber Music Hall. This series of concerts celebrates the rich diversity of composers and performers of African decent. The festival will feature world-class artists in a variety of settings: solo recitals, choral, traditional, classical, orchestral and popular.

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm, Weber Music Hall
Offrandes Vodouesques: Chantal Lavigne, soprano & Dr. Jeanne Doty, piano

Ms. Lavigne received a Master degree in music from the Universite de Montreal. Dr. Doty
recently retired as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she taught piano, piano-related courses, pedagogy, and chamber music.
Adult $15 | Senior $12 | UMD Faculty/Staff $5 | Student $5

TC Gospel Choir. Submitted

Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir. Submitted

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 pm, Weber Music Hall
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir

This Minnesota community choir gathers singers of various musical experience, ethnic backgrounds, and ages to celebrate music and spirituality through the rich tradition of African American religious music. The choir strives to share the “Good News” of gospel music with diverse audiences, leaving them energized, hopeful, and filled with spirit.
Adult $15 | Senior $12 | UMD Faculty/Staff $5 | Student $5

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm, Weber Music Hall
Ovation Guest Artist Series Concert: Catalyst Quartet

Part of Shades of Africa Music Festival

The Catalyst Quartet. Submitted

The Catalyst Quartet. Submitted

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. Inspired by music’s ability to transform, the Catalyst Quartet seeks to change the way classical music is perceived through diverse programming and inspiring new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works.
Adult $19 | Senior $17 | UMD Faculty/Staff $5 | Student $5

Sowah Mensah. Submitted

Sowah Mensah. Submitted

Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm, Weber Music Hall
Sowah Mensah, Master Drummer with the UMD Percussion Ensemble

Special guest artist Sowah Mensah, ethnomusicologist, composer and a Master Drummer from Ghana, West Africa along with the UMD Percussion Ensemble

Adult $15 | Senior $12 | UMD Faculty/Staff $5 | Student $5

Joshua Russell. Submitted

Joshua Russell. Submitted

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall
UMD Symphony Orchestra Concert

Jean R. Perrault, conductor
Performing works from composers of African descent with guest soloist Joshua Russell, piano. Dr. Russell is widely regarded as an expert on the piano music of Haiti and recently performed at the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Adult $8 | Senior $7 | UMD Faculty/Staff $5 | Student $5 | UMD Student $3

Tickets: 218-726-8877 |

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