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CLS invites you to share in a rare opportunity to hear the storied Color of Music Festival Quintet and join a post-performance reception to meet the musicians. With a special appearance by violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and pianist Kyle P. Walker, the evening will feature an arrangement of Igor Frolov’s “Fantasy” on Porgy and Bess. The full Colour of Music Festival Quintet will be performing “Quintet in A Major” by Florence B. Price – one of the most noted Black female composers – whom we are pleased is finally getting the recognition she deserves. Tickets for this event are $25 for CLS Members and $35 for CLS Guests. Hors d’ oeuvres reception to immediately follow the performance from 8:00-9:00 p.m.
About the Festival:
The Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences nationally. The festival has presented in Atlanta; Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Houston; Pittsburgh; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.
Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th-century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated and prodigiously talented classical principals, composers and performers of African descent throughout the world. Yet, their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. The Colour of Music Festival’s mission is reversing this trend.
Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of Black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The Colour of Music Festival began with performances at various venues throughout historic Charleston, South Carolina and has grown to debut in cities across the country with artists from across the globe.
Assembling acclaimed Black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Orchestra, the Festival showcases some of the top Black classical musicians in the United States, trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world.