Marian Anderson String Quartet: Songs of the Middle Passage

April 24, 2013
Marian Anderson String Quartet: Songs of the Middle Passage Discussion
Moderated by Donald W. King'93 , Fete Vice President, Co-Owner, Fete/Archetype LLC
7:00 PM
George Houston Bass Performance Arts Space at Churchill House
155 Angell Street
Free and Open to the Public

Please also join us on April 23, 2013 for a concert featuring the quartet sponsored by the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts. Information about the concert including time, location, ticket prices and reservations, can be found here: http://www.ricmc.org/

Songs of the Middle Passage is inspired by the cultural traditions of the Middle Passage which was the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of people from Africa were shipped to the New World.  This event will include a moderated conversation with the musicians of the Marian Anderson String Quartet and feature samples from their repertoire.

Please also join us on April 23, 2013 for a concert featuring the quartet sponsored by the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts. Information about the concert including time, location, ticket prices and reservations, can be found here: http://www.ricmc.org/

Starting as street performers in New York, the Marian Anderson Quartet's bold musicmaking embraces the classical tradition and infuses it with the richness of the African-American experience. The quartet, named for the celebrated contralto who shattered racial barriers, was the first African-American ensemble in history to win a major classical music competition. Their repertoire includes rarely heard classical compositions by Black composers and contemporary arrangements of Negro spirituals. 

Donald W. King'93, Fete Vice President, Co-Owner, Fete/Archetype LLC. is a creative director, socio-musicologist, brand strategist, event producer and builder of cultural institutions. A graduate of Brown University, Don has been a driving force in the establishment of the arts, culture, and tourism movement in the Creative Capital. The founder and artistic director behind successful brands such as The Providence Black Repertory Company and Providence Sound Session, a seven day, multi-staged and multi-venue, genre defying music festival that booked regional, national, and international artists and delivered upwards of fifty-thousand people into the city annually. Don has been heralded as a true connector and visionary. (Www.FeteMusic.Com)

This event is made possible thanks to support from the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, Creative Arts Council and Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre.

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