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Concert and Symposium | Black Music in Eighteenth-Century London

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 23, 2019

This Thursday at YCBA:

Black Music in Eighteenth-Century London
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 25 April 2019

Tunde Jegede (Photo by Yoshitaka Kono).

This concert will feature Tunde Jegede, a renowned cellist and master kora player who specializes in the West African classical music tradition; Robin Jeffrey, a versatile performer on instruments of the lute and guitar families; Corey Shotwell, a celebrated vocalist; and Nathaniel Mander, an exciting young harpsichordist. The performances are free and open to all.

In October 2017, the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), and Handel & Hendrix in London (HHL) co-hosted a scholarly workshop entitled Black Music: Its Circulation and Impact in Eighteenth-Century London. The program was produced in association with Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World, an exhibition that had been co-organized by the Center and HRP, and which then was on display at Kensington Palace. Moderated by Michael Veal (Professor of African Music, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale) and attended by scholars from around the world, the workshop opened with a series of concerts and performances held throughout HHL, which set the stage for a rich and productive exchange the following day at the PMC. Thanks to the generosity of Laura and James Duncan, Yale BA 1975, Friends of the Center who underwrote the original workshop, this program will be reconstituted for a New Haven audience on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30pm. The performance will be followed on Friday, April 26, by a daylong symposium Black Music: Its Circulation and Impact in Eighteenth-Century London, also at the Center.

This Friday at YCBA:

Black Music: Its Circulation and Impact in Eighteenth-Century London
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 26 April 2019

This daylong symposium, which follows the musical performance Black Music in Eighteenth-Century London at the Center on Thursday, April 25, will explore the complex, long-standing relationship between African and Western musical traditions, especially within London metropolitan society, and to recognize the brilliance of black composers and performers who, against great odds, contributed to the musical culture of the age. The program is hosted by the Yale Center for British Art and co-organized with Historic Royal Palaces, Handel & Hendrix in London, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with generous support from Laura and James Duncan, Yale BA 1975. Admission is free, though space is limited.

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