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Open To The Public, Diversity In Classical Music Symposium A Mix Of Seminars and Concert

The Keene State College Redfern Arts Center and the college’s Music Department have scheduled a one-day Diversity in Classical Music Symposium on Friday, March 8, which is International Women’s Day.

The symposium – a day of lecture recitals, master classes, and seminars followed by an evening concert – focuses on the music of African-American and female composers and performers. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Redfern Arts Center Alumni Recital Hall.

Daytime events are free and open to the public; no registration is required. The concert is ticketed. Order tickets here.

A coffee reception will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Redfern lobby.

“Keene State is celebrating African-American and female musicians both at this event and in our daily curriculum,” Keene State Prof. Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova said.

“This music is brilliant, passionate, and needs to be celebrated in the broader Arts community.”

Among those scheduled to present or perform are:

  • Prof. Artina McCain, University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Prof. Andrea Moore, Smith College
  • Prof. Cailin Marcel Manson, Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts
  • Prof. Amadi Azikiwe, New York University/Mannes School, NYC
  • Apple Hill String Quartet, Keene
  • Prof. Christina Wright-Ivanova, Keene State College
  • Prof. Heather Gilligan, Keene State College
  • Prof. Seelan Manickam, Keene State College

Special thanks go to the KSC Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the KSC Provost’s Office, the Music Teacher’s Association and the Global Education Class of a’39 grant for their generous support.

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