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Atlanta Music Festival 2013

African American Concert Music
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Laquita Mitchell, soprano
and Timothy Miller, tenor

Dwight Andrews
Artistic Director

Vega String Quartet

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church
Norma Raybon
Director of Music

Morehouse College Glee Club

The Meridian Chorale and Soloists
Steven Darsey
Music Director

Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
North Decatur Road on the campus of Emory University

The 2013 Atlanta Music Festival, September 18-21, will involve the Atlanta community through lecture, panel discussions, master classes for young musicians, a demonstration of our summer conservatory camp for children, and a climactic concert featuring opera star Laquita Mitchell, the Vega String Quartet, the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, the Morehouse College Glee Club, and the Meridian Chorale and soloists. Dwight Andrews is Artistic Director and Steven Darsey is Music Director.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.
African American Poetry and Music
Writer-Musician; Words-Music
Kevin Young, Dwight Andrews, presenters
Rosemary Magee, Jane Thorpe, hosts
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Emory University

7:30 p.m.
Opening Festival Address and Reception
"I've Got Some People in Me": African American Music and Culture
Dwight Andrews
Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, September 19
10:15 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
Assemblies for Atlanta Area Upper School Students
Laquita Mitchell, artist-teacher
Woodward Academy
Not Open to the Public

2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Vocal Workshop for Area College Singers
Laquita Mitchell, artist-teacher
Bradley Howard, host
Glenn Memorial Church
Free and Open to the Public

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Atlanta Music Festival Conservatory Summer Camp Presentation
4th - 6th grade Atlanta Public School children
Leaders: Dwight Andrews, Laquita Mitchell, Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Barbara Coble, and Bevin Carpenter Sr
Cannon Chapel, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, September 21
12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.
African American Composer's Forum - Panel Discussion
T. J. Anderson - Dwight Andrews
Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building, Emory University
Free and Open to the Public

7:00 p.m.
Festival Concert: Laquita Mitchell, soprano; Timothy Miller, tenor; the Vega String Quartet; First Church Chancel Choir, the Meridian Chorale, and the Morehouse College Glee Club.
Dwight Andrews, Artistic Director and Steven Darsey, Music Director
Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emory University
Tickets $25; $5 students — Reserved seating
Arts at Emory Box Office, 404.727.5050

Sponsored by First Congregational Church, Meridian Herald, and Emory University, this week of activities is dedicated to our community's aspiration, hope, and progress.

The Atlanta Music Festival past and present

In the wake of Atlanta's race riots in 1906, First Congregational Church, led by Pastor Henry Hugh Proctor, the congregation's first African American Pastor, instituted programs to improve the prospects of black communities and to encourage racial harmony. In 1910, they established the Atlanta Colored Music Festival to celebrate African American music and, though blacks had been refused admittance to Atlanta's opera week, to invite the white community to experience the high cultural attainments of African Americans. Concert planners brought in performers of international stature, including singer-composer Harry T. Burleigh, soprano Anita Patti Brown, concert violinist Joseph Douglas, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Proctor and First Church's initiatives, together with those of other black and white leaders, were the first steps in creating avenues for discourse that five decades later would help Atlanta shed the legacy of Jim Crow.

Andrews and Darsey

Dwight Andrews and Steven Darsey

Steven Darsey, a white southerner, and Dwight Andrews, an African American, articulate a convicted vision of justice and grace. Andrews, Pastor of First Congregational Church, has revived his congregation's music festival tradition in their ten year collaboration with Meridian Herald, and in May 2010 they presented the 100th anniversary Music Festival Concert at First Church. Darsey, music director, and Andrews, artistic director, explore their races' historic relationships via vernacular musical forms and their evolutions into contemporary classical expressions. This unique concert tradition has the historical gravity to project a future of shared promise. Music, with its mysterious power to manifest and transfigure reality, can inspire us all to advance this future.

For future performances, we intend to commission compositions from local and national musicians that explicate Georgia's particular racial heritage and help to realize her promise; to expand the range of art and institutions involved; and to make the fruits of this work available to an ever-expanding community.


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