Category: Festival Blog

Why ‘Black?’
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Why ‘Black?’

The Germanic origins and subsequent old English use of the word ‘black’ has various meanings in many cultures and societies around the globe. The word ‘black’ can be an adjective, a noun or a verb depending on its usage and can conjure up unique and sometimes mystic interpretations.   Unfortunately, musicians of ‘colour’ or black...

2017 Charitable Tax-Deductible Gift – 2 More Days!
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2017 Charitable Tax-Deductible Gift – 2 More Days!

The Colour of Music Festival helps to spread awareness and appreciation of the contributions that black composers and black classical musicians have made to the Lowcountry and beyond. You only have two more days to make a tax-deductible gift in 2017. Please consider directing your year-end donation to the Colour of Music, Inc. Help us...

Giving Tuesday
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Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday This year, for Giving Tuesday, consider donating to the Colour of Music Festival to help spread awareness and appreciation of the contributions that black composers and black classical musicians have made to the Lowcountry and beyond. Donate today as part of your end-of-year giving! #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On...

Press Release
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Press Release

The Colour of Music Festival announces the fifth annual Colour of Music Festival, October 18-22, 2017, offering a musical kaleidoscope showcasing the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture at various venues in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Since 2013 the Colour of Music Festival (COMF) has brought...

Become A Colour of Music Festival Black Choral Society Singer
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Become A Colour of Music Festival Black Choral Society Singer

Would you like to participate as a member of the Colour of Music Festival Black Choral Society Singers? Are you able to attend rehearsals October 18-22? If the answer is “yes” to both of these questions contact eric@colourofmusic.org The Festival formally invite to you to participate in this year’s glorious choral masterworks presentations of Samuel Coleridge Taylors...

Colour of Music Festival 2017
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Colour of Music Festival 2017

The 2017 Colour of Music Festival count down begins! Continue to visit colourofmusic.org as we show you the reasons why you need to celebrate with us.  Tickets are available from The Galliard Centre August 15.

All Things French
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All Things French

“Every once in a while, a truly original arts idea comes to Charleston, and our city is better for it.”-The Post and Courier The Colour of Music Festival has a variety of beautiful, enchanting musical events scheduled for this years festival. We are excited to announce that this year’s theme is all things French! All...

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Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi Perform April 28-29, 2016 in Pittsburgh

The Colour of Music (Black Classical Musicians) Festival in association with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to present the Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi in performance in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Kresge Recital Hall, 500 Forbes Avenue with an encore performance Friday, April 29 at East Liberty...

The Best Moments of #COMF2015
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The Best Moments of #COMF2015

It’s hard to believe that the third annual Colour of Music Festival has come and gone — especially since so many of us are still feeling exhilarated by the tremendous performances, with classical music continuing to buzz in our ears. Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments from the five-day festival in Charleston. One...

COMF’s Educational Mission: Enrich Lives, Stimulate Creative Minds
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COMF’s Educational Mission: Enrich Lives, Stimulate Creative Minds

This week, artists from the Colour of Music Festival will be visiting local schools to share the beauty of classical music and hope to inspire young Charleston area school children. On Tuesday, bassoon player Feleighta Green will visit Chicora Elementary in North Charleston, and violin player Greg Logan and trombone player Stephen Wilson will perform...

You’re Invited to a Gala Celebrating Classical Glamour!
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You’re Invited to a Gala Celebrating Classical Glamour!

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....

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What Is the ‘Imperfect Fiddle’?

Many years ago, a German music dealer sold its “imperfect fiddles” to enslaved people. This company stayed in business from the mid-1800s to 1970, and the descendants of the family still live here in Charleston. On Monday, October 12, Historian Nicholas Butler, PhD., of the Charleston County Library System will lead a symposium on the...

Emmy-Winning Producer and CBS News National Correspondent to Cover COMF
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Emmy-Winning Producer and CBS News National Correspondent to Cover COMF

With the Colour of Music Festival just weeks away, some of the greatest classical musicians from around the world will soon be descending upon Charleston. But they’re not the only ones headed to the Holy City. We’re thrilled to announce that CBS News National Correspondent Lee Cowan and Emmy-Award-Winning Producer Alturo Rhymes will be covering...

Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel
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Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel

“A natural and enormous talent.” These are the words the Chicago Sun-Times uses to describe Marlon Daniel. Russian news source Pravda prefers “fabulous and exceptional.” But no matter what terms are used to describe Daniel’s musical gift, no one can argue that he is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation. The Colour...

Why Is the Colour of Music Festival Needed?
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Why Is the Colour of Music Festival Needed?

Black classical musicians represent only about 2% of major orchestral membership in the United States. With African Americans making up the largest racial minority group in the nation, that statistic is staggering. “There are thousands of top-tier classical principals, composers, and performers of African descent around the world, yet their opportunities to grace concert stages...

Our Favorite Photos From Festivals Past
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Our Favorite Photos From Festivals Past

The countdown to Colour of Music 2015 is on, with less than a month until opening night. As we finalize details and make last-minute tweaks to the festival, we’re reminded of the best moments from the last two years.   The photo above is Dr. Alvoy Bryan, Violist performing at the City of Charleston’s City...