BMRE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 1996

Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6610
Fax: (323) 343-6423

BLACK MUSIC REPERTORY ENSEMBLE BRINGS WORKS BY AFRICAN AMERICAN COMPOSERS TO LUCKMAN THEATRE ON FEBRUARY 11

Tribute to Black History Month features
newly- or re-discovered compositions with musical, social and historic significance

The Black Music Repertory Ensemble, with conductor Kirk Edward Smith, performs powerful works by African American composers at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Sunday, February 11 at 4 p.m.

The Ensemble will present both seasoned and contemporary compositions that have been newly- or re-discovered and have musical, social and historic significance. The repertoire includes The Spirit of the U.S. Navy (1925) by Alton Augustus Adams, Overture to In Dahomey (1901) by Will Marion Cook, Six Songs on Texts by African American Poets (1976-77) by Leslie Adams, Three Negro Songs by Will Marion Cook, Dialogues and Commentaries (1991) by Hale Smith, Brasstacs (1990) by Wendell Logan and Of Visions and Truth: A Song Cycle (1991) by Olly Wilson. The latter was commissioned by the Center for Black Music Research for its Black Music Repertory Ensemble and premiered in February 1991 at Chicago's Orchestra Hall.

Featured performers include trumpeter Lyman Brodie, tenor William Brown, mezzo-soprano Hilda Harris, and bass-baritone André Solomon-Glover.

The Black Music Repertory Ensemble, the performance organization of Columbia College Chicago's Center for Black Music Research, is the only organization of its kind in existence. Its group of fifteen musicians brings to the American public an aesthetically powerful repertoire from a large body of unperformed, small-ensemble works by African American composers that is generally excluded from performance, from mention in books on American music and from academic study.

The Ensemble, founded in 1987, has performed to critical acclaim in two of the world's most prestigious concert halls -- Orchestra Hall Chicago and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. It has also performed on tour at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Williams College (Massachusetts) and at the historic Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. Additionally, the Ensemble has been broadcast nationally on NBC Television's "Today Show," National Public Radio's "Performance Today," WFMT-FM's "Studs Terkel Show," and on Cable News Network. The BMRE has recorded eight live performances in Columbia, SC and Pittsburgh for national broadcast over the Public Radio International Network. Four one-our shows will be broadcast during February 1996.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California. It's located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the California State University, Los Angeles campus. Luckman's beautiful red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public -- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre ticket information call Theatix at (213) 466-1767. For additional information about the Luckman Fine Arts Complex call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Black Music Repertory Ensemble.

WHAT:
Critically acclaimed ensemble performs powerful works by African-American composers which represent both seasoned and contemporary compositions that have been newly- or re-discovered and have musical, social and historic significance.

WHERE:
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., at junction of I-10 (San Bernardino)and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN:
Sunday, February 11 at 4 p.m.

TICKETS:
$22/$18 (student & senior prices available). Call Theatix, (213) 466-1767.

INFO:
Luckman information, call (323) 343-6610.

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