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 Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Avenue.

The April 28 Carnegie Mellon performance is free for Carnegie Mellon faculty and students; all other general admission tickets are $10-$25; general admission tickets for the April 29 performance at East Liberty Presbyterian Church are $10-$35. The Colour of Music debut is part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) Requiem for Rice initiative led by Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black librettist on which The Requiem is based. The Requiem will premiere at the Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians’ Festival October 18-22, 2017 in Charleston, SC.

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the Colour of Music Festival presents a diverse repertoire of Baroque, Classical and 20th century music at the highest musical standards comprising top musicians of African descent from around the globe. The Colour of Music Virtuosi is an elite group of musicians selected as ambassadors of the Colour of Music Festival.

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Artists hail from some of the most world’s prestigious music institutions including The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and have performed in the some of the world’s most prominent venues including The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Spivey Hall, and at the world’s leading music festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Graz, Salzburg and Fontainebleau.

The 20-piece Virtuosi performs innovative repertoire incorporating the works of composers of African descent alongside traditional classical works. Each performance will include the ‘father’ of black classical music and predecessor to Mozart, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 (performed only for the second time in the United States) as well as works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including his Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, and Symphony No. 29 in A Major.

“There are thousands of prodigiously talented classical principals, composers, and performers of African descent throughout the world. Yet their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. The Festival has sought to change this and we are thankful for Carnegie Mellon’s keen interest in presenting this sampling of the Colour of Music Festival and its exceptional talent,” said Lee Pringle, Festival Founder and General Manager.

Maestro Marlon Daniel, Music Director of New York-based Ensemble Du Monde, Artistic Director of Festival International Saint-Georges, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta in Bulgaria, will serve as conductor. “The selections chosen for our debut in Pittsburgh are première pieces rarely performed. Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Jessica McJunkins and No. 2 with soloist Josh Henderson have never been performed in Pittsburgh. I am excited about conducting his works and those of his contemporary Mozart,” said Marlon Daniel, Conductor.

Colour of Music Virtuosi Performances
Thursday, April 28 ● 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon University, Kresge Recital Hall, 500 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
General Admission: $10-$25; free for CMU faculty and students with I.D.

Friday, April 29 ● 7:30 p.m.
East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh
General Admission: $10-$35

Tickets available at or (866) 811-4111
Also available at door (cash or check only) up to one hour before performances