Did you know that June is African American Music Appreciation Month??
Black Music Month was created in 1979. Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams convinced President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Steps were taken even farther when, in 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration. In 2009, President Barack Obama officially designated June as African American Music Appreciation Month honoring all who have made contributions to music. (National Museum of African American Music)
To celebrate the many achievements African Americans have made to the many different genres of music, the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library will host an event honoring the legacy of all who came before.
Please join us for a very special concert and reception featuring Opera Singer Stephanie Ann Ball. In this significant concert, music and words come together through the sound of the voice to take you, the audience, on a journey through opera, art song, jazz, and spirituals - all highlighting the many ways African Americans have made a lasting impact on many forms of music we experience in today’s world. Featuring the music of Puccini, William Grant Still, Fats Waller, Moses Hogan and more, you are sure to hear something that will delight your senses.
New to Denver and swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong voice, Lyric-Coloratura Soprano, Stephanie Ann Ball, joined by Michael Tilley, collaborative pianist, and Russell Costen, narrator, will take you on a tangible expedition you will not easily or readily forget. Come join in on this extraordinary opportunity!