Middletown Church to Host Musical Program of Native African and African-American Composers; New Date Set Following Feb. 16 Postponement

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In collaboration with the College’s ongoing “Global Initiative: Africa” programming, the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will continue its 2014 African Composers Series with a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 30 at Middletown’s Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North St. This concert was originally slated for Feb. 16 but was postponed.

The program will feature compositions for brass ensemble and organ composed by African and African-American composers. Featured compositions will include Adolphus Hailstork’s “Spiritual,” Gary Powell Nash’s “Four Jovial Miniatures,” Evan Williams’ “Lux Aeterna,” Fela Sowande’s “Obangiji” and Leo Edwards’ “Festival Toccata.”

PHOTO: Craig WilliamsThe brass ensemble will be joined by Craig Williams (left), organist and choirmaster at the United States Military Academy, in Hale Smith’s “Solemn Music” and David Hurd’s “Fanfare for Brass and Organ.”

Williams, who is also on the faculty of Westminster College and Nyack College, will perform solo organ selections by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price and Ralph Simpson. Admission is free. A goodwill offering will be collected at intermission with proceeds going to The Guild of St. Margaret’s Soup Kitchen, a community outreach program sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church.

“Global Initiative: Africa” is a yearlong investigation and celebration of the culture, history, art, music and politics of the countries and peoples of Africa. Through its Global Initiative events and programs, SUNY Orange seeks to expand students’ horizons, bring academic departments together in collaboration and infuse a global perspective on its curriculum. The community is invited to attend any of the College’s Global Initiative events.

The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, an ensemble comprised of students and members of the community, is under the direction of Kevin Scott. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787 or Scott at 341-4393. The band is also seeking musicians who are interested in joining a college-community ensemble.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940