Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration Concert Held Tonight

Posted: February 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason community is invited to celebrate the life of American writer Langston Hughes during tonight’s Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration Concert. An evening of drama, poetry, dance, and music from spirituals to the blues and jazz of the Harlem Renaissance begins at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Attendees will experience captivating performances combining solo jazz, solo dance, spoken word, art song, spirituals by Duke Ellington, and narrations of the life and times of Hughes.

Performers include guest artists Michael Stroud, bass; Dietra Battle Sparrow, soprano; the Duke Ellington School for the Arts show choir; and George Mason professors Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, Joan Nicolas-Walker, James Carroll, and Patricia Miller. Visual displays will be provided by Gail Scott White and Kirby Malone.

The event is being presented by the Departments of Music, Dance, and Art and Visual Technology; the Multimedia Performance Studio; University Life; the College of Arts and Sciences; the African American Studies Program; and the Department of English’s Text and Community Program.

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