Dust off those tuxedos and ball gowns — you’re cordially invited to the Colour of Music Festival’s inaugural gala on Saturday, October 24.
The evening kicks off with a benefit performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on 2015 at 7:30 pm, followed by elegant hors d’oeuvres and dancing in The Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom, from 9-11pm.
In addition to celebrating the Colour of Music Festival’s third year, the night will pay homage to classical glamour, inspired by Nichelle Gainer’s gorgeous book, Vintage Black Glamour. Filled with stories and photographs of the women who epitomized black glamour (think Theresa Harris, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Maya Angelou), the book memorializes the “famous black entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts.”
Gainer has also written Vintage Black Glamour; Gentlemen’s Quarters, featuring Duke Ellington, Sidney Poitier and Muhammed Ali, which will be published in February. She will also be giving a talk at 7pm TONIGHT (Monday, October 19) at the Charleston Library Society that’s free and open to the public.