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Last modified: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

“Seeing is Believing!” is theme for a Potpourri of Arts in the African American Tradition on Nov. 4

Oct. 4, 2006


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute presents the 13th annual "A Potpourri of Arts in the African American Tradition" concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

This year's theme "Seeing is Believing!" reflects the dazzling talent and captivating sights and sounds of the institute's performing ensembles: the IU Soul Revue, the African American Dance Company and the African American Choral Ensemble.

The concert will feature performances by each of the institute's ensembles and a finale including all three groups. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and students, and $5 for IU students with advance purchase (limit two tickets per IU I.D.). Tickets are available at the Sunrise Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., or by calling 812-323-3020.

A Potpourri of the Arts was created to bring together a diverse range of African American performance styles. This year's event is a another example of the AAAI's commitment to celebrating and fostering arts in the African American tradition and reflects an exciting time in the institute's history. The AAAI is welcoming Keith McCutchen -- an accomplished musical director, jazz musician, composer and pianist -- as director of the African American Choral Ensemble this semester.

This will be the first of many performances and events presented this year by the African American Arts Institute. Led by executive director Charles E. Sykes, it is the only collegiate arts program with an emphasis in African American performance traditions through academic credit-bearing ensembles. Over the last 32 years, the AAAI has contributed to the cultural diversity of IU by preserving, promoting and celebrating African American arts traditions.