Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated and 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 Colour of Music Festival’smission is reversing this trend.
Now in its third year the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The third annual Colour of Music Festival will take place October 21-25, 2015 at various venues throughout historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Showcasing acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists to form the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, the five-day festival showcases top black classical musicians in the U.S., Canada, Russia, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe trained at some of the most prestigious music schools, conservatories and universities in the world.
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 once again serve as Music Director and conduct the Festival’s orchestra. Festival headliners include Aldolphus Hailstork, Fulbright Fellow and a Cultural Laureate from the Commonwealth of Virginia, who will serve as the Festival’s first Composer-in-Residence whose works blend musical ideas from both the African and European traditions.
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