Free admission - note that the official start time of this event is 12:10 p.m.
The Penn State School of Music's annual African American Music Festival kicks off during the weekly Bach's Lunch concert series with a diverse array of performers including a tuba-euphonium ensemble, the School of Music's violin studio, and the Graduate Brass Quintet. The Bach's Lunch concert will also include performances by student singers Olivia Lusk and Gregg Mauroni.
The Penn State African American Music Festival celebrates the music of African Americans and African American composers. Typically occurring in February (Black History Month), the annual festival includes performances by Penn State faculty and students as well as guest artists. In February, 1995, Essence of Joy presented the first concert titled “Celebration of African American Spirituals,” and in 1997, Anthony Leach coordinated the first symposium on the African American Spiritual, involving guest artists, lectures, and choral performances. Since that time, the event has developed into a multi-day collaborative venture within the School of Music and beyond. In 2009, the name of the festival was changed to the "African American Music Festival" in order to be more inclusive of the variety of music offered by the performers. The festival is coordinated by faculty member Anthony Leach.
The African American Music Festival is part of the 2016-17 initiative titled “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.” This event is generously supported by the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC).
Stephen Cannistraci and Daniel Thomas, euphonium; Ryan Hayward and Noah McDonald, tuba
- Euphonic Sounds ♦ Scott Joplin, arranged by David Werden
Olivia Lusk, soprano; Will Preston, piano
- Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees ♦ arranged by Moses Hogan
Gregg Mauroni, bass; Anthony Leach, piano
- If I Can Help Somebody ♦ Alma Bazel Androzzo
Penn State Violin Studio
- Deep River ♦ Traditional Spiritual
Graduate Brass Quintet (Stephen McLean and James Allison, trumpet; Emily Buehler, horn; Austin Oprean, trombone; Ryan Hayward, tuba)
- Around Midnight ♦ Thelonius Monk, arranged by Ingo Luis