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Left: a portrait of Aaron Diehl in a black outfit, leaning against a piano. Right: Brandon Patrick George leaning on a staircase railing, holding a flute.
Maria Jarzyna

Aaron Diehl (piano) and Brandon Patrick George (flute)

Songs of Black America

Presented by
ADULTS: $28 / $23 / $18
COLLEGE STUDENTS: $22 / $10 / $10
YOUTH: $22 / $10 / $10
Friday, October 14, 2022, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's Golden Anniversary Season

Two of today’s most exciting musicians come together to explore the rich culture of music, both traditional and classical, by Black American composers. William Grant Still’s Three Songs for Flute and Piano features text by poets Countee Cullen and Verna Arvey. Valerie Coleman’s Wish Sonatine is inspired by poet Fred D’Aguiar’s work and depicts the brutality and tragedy of the Middle Passage. Coleman’s Fanmi Imèn is Haitian Creole for Maya Angelou’s famous work Human Family in which the poet reminds us “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

PROGRAM (subject to change)
William Grant Still: Pastorela
Yusef Lateef: Four Études
W.G. Still; arr. Alexa Still: Three Songs
Valerie Coleman: Fanmi Imèn
Mary Lou Williams: Blues for Peter
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; arr. Katherine Needleman: Three Silhouettes
Brandon Patrick George and Aaron Diehl: arr. of three spirituals
Valerie Coleman: Wish Sonatine

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food—fast! 

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Alan and Liz Swanson

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