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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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OPERA WORKSHOP


Liana Valente, Coordinator of Classical Voice
Kehembe Eichelberger
Gregory Hopkins
Eric O. Poole

The HU Opera Workshop, under the direction of Dr. Liana Valente, is committed to teaching aspiring performers the musical and theatrical skills needed to be successful performers in the ever-evolving operatic world. Students learn by doing; they audition, rehearse and perform scenes and full operas each fall, sharing their love of music theater with their peers and members of the campus and DC community.

In the fall of 2017 HU students and faculty presented the premiere performance of scenes from the new opera Kinyamaswa. Based on the epic poem of the same title by Andreas Morgner and with a relentless and powerful score by composer Jay Vosk, the opera chronicles a group of refugees fleeing certain death in 1996 following the Rwandan civil war and genocide.

 
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Cast of Kinyamaswa L-R: Ezinne Elele, Nina St. Preux, Marty Austin Lamar,
Jay Vosk (composer), Javon Charles, Dr. Liana Valente (director),
AcNeal Williams, Kayla Lennon and Kristen Patrick.

The Opera Workshop will perform Seymour Barab’s A Game of Chance* in November 2018 in the Blackburn Art Gallery Lounge. Set in our current time, our production will follow three students as they navigate through life, wishing for ultimate happiness in the forms of money, fame, and love. What happens when their dreams come true? Come to performances on November 2 and 16 to find out!


*By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.


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HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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SAASy at National Museum of American History
Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Jessica Boykin-Settles. Walter H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History - Thu, April 25, 12pm - FREE

HUJE at Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival
Annual concert hosted by UDC featuring the big bands of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC - Mon, April 29, 8pm - $Admission

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