Category: Festival Blog

Allen University Concert Choir Joins COMF Petit
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Allen University Concert Choir Joins COMF Petit

The Colour of Music Festival announces the Columbia SC début of Colour of Music Festival ‘Petit’ September 11-15, 2019 at Allen University, Chapelle Auditorium, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia SC, a five-day festival featuring black classical artists and scholars from France, Britain, Colombia, the Caribbean, and the United States performing organ, piano, vocal, chamber and orchestral...

Colour of Music Festival “Petit” Debut at Allen University, Columbia, SC
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Colour of Music Festival “Petit” Debut at Allen University, Columbia, SC

The Colour of Music Festival announces the Columbia SC début of Colour of Music Festival ‘Petit’ September 11-15, 2019 at Allen University, Chapelle Auditorium, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia SC, a five-day festival featuring black classical artists and scholars from France, Britain, Colombia, the Caribbean, and the United States performing organ, piano, vocal, chamber and orchestral...

Celebrating Florence B. Price
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Celebrating Florence B. Price

Florence Beatrice Price was born on this very day in 1887 and we honor her now as we did during our spring presentations during the 2019 Colour of Music Festival in historic Charleston SC March 27 – 29. A true trailblazer ahead of her time, she deserves the new found recognition the classical music world...

COMF Honors Duke Ellington Co-Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz
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COMF Honors Duke Ellington Co-Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz

Blacks are noted pioneers in jazz, gospel and R&B, but classical music most assuredly belongs on that list! African-French composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges is highly recognized overseas for operas and masterpieces that place him second to none among his more-famous 18th-century contemporaries. Unfortunately, his work has received little notice in the United States, much...

COMF partners with Duke Ellington in Washington
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COMF partners with Duke Ellington in Washington

The Colour of Music Festival has partnered with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts which was established in 1974 in Washington DC. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for students to expand their repertoire while affirming their place in the world of classical music. The Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm...

Orchestral Debut in Pittsburgh
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Orchestral Debut in Pittsburgh

CASOP: A Requiem For Rice orchestral debut for orchestra is a project three years in the making.  Launched in 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University’s’ Kresgee Recital Hall, the many facets of ‘Requiem For Rice’ continued to the gothic edifice’s of East Liberty Presbyterian Church;  2018 would present two major installments at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s...

All-Female Virtuosi 2019
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All-Female Virtuosi 2019

The all-female virtuosi mezmerised audiences in Houston and Richmond in 2018. There is so much more to explore regarding black female classical artists and even more as it relates to black female composers. Come and join us in 2019 to learn about many extraordinary black women who have contributed greatly to the classical music world,...

Goodbye 2018…Roll on 2019!
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Goodbye 2018…Roll on 2019!

2018 was an amazing year for Colour of Music Festival. Presenting in four cities; Houston, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Charleston, is an indication our mission continues to permeate cities that are keen on exposing the contributions of black classical artists and composers. We eagerly look forward to 2019 and what is on the horizon – We hope...

Thank You For Your Support
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Thank You For Your Support

Patrons near and afar, THANK YOU for your support this season. You helped the Colour of Music Festival achieve something incredibly special by supporting our performances this year. Planning for the 2019 season is well underway! As an important member of the Colour of Music community, we need your help now to ensure that we...

2018 Colour of Music Festival Charleston
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2018 Colour of Music Festival Charleston

The Colour of Music Festival announces the sixth annual Colour of Music Festival October 24-27, 2018 at three historic locations in the heart of downtown Charleston showcasing leading black classical artists from France, Britain, Colombia, and the Caribbean and highlighting the Baroque period (1600s-1750s) and Early Classical period (1730-1809). Since 2013 the Colour of Music...

University of Houston CoMF Offerings
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University of Houston CoMF Offerings

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Something big is coming to the University of Houston for one week only. The “Colour of Music Festival” will feature a performance by celebrated violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport among other very gifted musicians. Anchor Melanie Lawson had a chance to sit down with the festival’s founder and artistic director, Dr. Lee Pringle,...

CoMF in Houston – Hear for 30 seconds
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CoMF in Houston – Hear for 30 seconds

The Colour of Music Festival “petit” versions of the annual festival will tour to Pittsburgh, Richmond, and Houston. With support from the City of Houston and the University of Houston, COMF founder Lee Pringle chose to bring it to Houston for the first time, partly because of the city’s own diversity. “It gives the patron...

Houston…We Are Here!
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Houston…We Are Here!

The Colour of Music Festival Petit Houston features four spotlight performances as it opens with three special recitals—Russian Gerard Aimontche, piano, German violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, honors the Links, Inc., women of greater Houston for championing the arts and a platform for young black women globally, then Aimontche and Yarbo-Davenport join forces to present Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. ...

CoMF and Education News
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CoMF and Education News

The Colour of Music Festival participates in education and the community. At its Houston Petit Festival September 12-18, we have partnered with Metro Houston Middle and High Schools. Follow our journey here and on our social media pages. Research by YouGov, an international Internet-based market research and data analytics firm headquartered in the UK, has...

Mayor of Houston supports CoMF
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Mayor of Houston supports CoMF

Thank you Mayor Sylvester Turner, for your support and the Houston Arts Alliance, for campaigning for the arts through the diverse Houston area. We are excited to meet you again and look forward to seeing you in the audience.

Colour of Music Festival ‘Petit’ Masterworks Highlights
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Colour of Music Festival ‘Petit’ Masterworks Highlights

The Masterworks Opening Night features a performance of Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Opus 24 by Samuel O. Barber (1910-1981) by Soprano Lequita Mitchell. “…a lovely tonal sheen and soaring high notes…” Opera News. Colour of Music Festival ‘Petit’ September 12-16, 2018 at the University of Houston is a five-day festival featuring black classical artists and...