Regie Gibson to perform readings at a special concert of music by black composers

Event details

  • Thursday | May 5, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

The Handel and Haydn Society will perform a special concert of music by black composers at the Museum of African American History. The program will feature Countertenor Reginald Mobley, who will curate the performance and lead members of the H+H Chorus in spirituals, gospel music, and contemporary selections.

The diverse selection of composers includes Ignatius Sancho (1729 –1780), who was born on a slave ship and was later a respected London-based composer and author. The concert will also feature music by vocalist and conductor, Bobby McFerrin (b. 1950), and Haitian-American composer, Syndey Guillaume (b. 1982). Mobley will be joined by Regie Gibson, BEI Emeritus Fellow, a poet and former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, who will give readings during the performance.

“This music is a survey of the various styles of music written by Black composers,” said Mobley. “I tried to find a representative from varying time periods from the 18th century to the present day, within these genres.”

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