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School of Music, Theatre & Dance pres.

Centering Black Composers: Music to Unravel the Classical Canon

Jackson Jackson
12:00 PM, Burton Memorial Tower
1:30 PM, Lurie Tower

"Black composers’ non-existence in academic institutions tells black composers that we are not wanted, no matter how much success we gain," writes Anthony R. Green in his galvanizing article "What the Optics of New Music Say to Black Composers" (New Music USA). To unravel the exclusivity of the classical music canon, the work of Black composers, and especially Black women, must take center stage. Professor Tiffany Ng, University Carillonist, performs works by composers ranging from Yvette Janine Jackson and Jessie Montgomery to arrangements of Motown and soul

Burton Memorial Tower: The public is welcome to visit the belfry by taking the elevator to the 8th floor and then the stairs to the 10th floor. Warm clothing is advised. An ADA-accessible, family-friendly simulcast will take place on the 8th floor, where visitors with mobility limitations can also see the practice keyboard.

Lurie Tower: The public is welcome inside the 3rd-floor belfry during the concert and afterward for Q&A. The carillon is ADA-accessible. Warm clothing is advised.
Jackson Jackson


  • Free - no tickets required

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