Jubilee, A Celebration of African American Music
Montclair Art Museum and Montclair Early Music present Jubilee, A Celebration of African American Music.
African Dance and Drum ensemble from Montclair State University will begin the program. The program will include singing, dancing, poetry with audience participation.
The highlight of the afternoon will be a performance by Emily O’Brien, a professional recorder soloist from Boston, who will perform “Oracle," a composition by award-winning contemporary African American composer Melika Fitzhugh. Emily will be accompanied by a string quartet from APEX ensemble.
Montclair Early Music’s ensemble will play rarely performed music by African American composers, including William Grant Still, Julia Niebergall, and Nathaniel Dett.
JazzHouse Kids will perform jazz standards accompanied by Lindy Hop dancers, Nisreen Almazouni and Jim Geyer.
School of Rock will perform music of the present day.
“We are honored to have Rev. Jessie Branson of Union Baptist Church host the event,” says Julienne Pape, organizer of the event.
Tickets to the event include admission to the Museum prior to the program, including the current exhibition featuring Jerry Pinkney, one of America’s most renowned illustrators of children’s books that honor Black heritage.
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