Don’t Miss This Year’s African American Music Festival

The Penn State African American Music Festival will be celebrating African American composers and their contributions to African American music. From February 9th-11th, many events will take place around campus to remember the legacies of the pioneers that created African American music.

Rollo Dillworth, chair of music education and music therapy from Temple University, will be the guest at this year’s festival. Penn State students and faculty will be able to perform on the same stage as other guests artists.

To stick to this years Penn State initiative “All In At Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion”, the festival was changed from “Celebration of African American Spirituals” to “African American Music Festival” in 2009 to be more inclusive. The festival not only includes spirituals, but also a wider range of musical genres.

In honor of Black History Month, the African American Music Festival will have its scheduled events on February 9th-11th.

On Thursday afternoon, there will be a Bach’s Lunch in the Eisenhower Chapel, and there will be a recital program in the evening at 5:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall.

On Friday at 2:30 p.m., there will be Common Hour as well as Meet The Composer at 5:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall.

On Saturday from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Essence of Joy will be in the Worship Hall of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. The Essence Joy festival made it first debut in 1995 when it held its concert called the “Celebration of African American Spirituals”. Anthony Leach is the coordinator of the festival since 1997.

Don’t miss the 22nd annual African American Music Festival’s series of events this weekend, happening this Thursday through Saturday!


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