FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 1996
Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6610
Fax: (323) 343-6423
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
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
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.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Black Music Repertory Ensemble.
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.
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., at junction of I-10 (San Bernardino)and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.
Sunday, February 11 at 4 p.m.
$22/$18 (student & senior prices available). Call Theatix, (213) 466-1767.
Luckman information, call (323) 343-6610.