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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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‘Extensions of the Tradition’ concert presents works by African American composers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University African American Arts Institute, in collaboration with the IU School of Music and the Archives of African American Music and Culture, presents the musical concert, "Extensions of the Tradition," on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the IU School of Music.

In celebration of the African American Arts Institute's 30th anniversary year (2004-2005), the concert will feature works by composers who have been involved with the institute, including David N. Baker, William C. Banfield, Sonia Morales-Matos, James E. Mumford, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson and Undine Smith Moore. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Extensions of the Tradition recital series was established by Banfield in 1988 at the University of Michigan to publicly present works by African American composers. Since 1993, the series has been presented at IU Bloomington as a partnership among the School of Music, the African American Arts Institute and the Archives of African American Music.

This year's program will consist of a diverse collection of solo and small ensemble pieces performed by IU music students, including:

The concert's theme, Extensions of the Tradition, refers to artistic expressions that are linked to a long history of African American composers. These composers speak in several "musical tongues," which civil rights leader W.E.B Du Bois once said exist "in a double consciousness" of European- and African-derived artistic traditions. This year's concert will highlight this fusion of European art music, traditional African music, spirituals, blues and jazz.

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