Pianist Geri Allen and multi-instrumentalist Dwight Andrews present a performance of music inspired by the work of Romare Bearden. Continuing their conversation with Bearden’s work over the past few years, this performance will feature existing and new work by both composers and a special presentation of a new Andrews composition for Ms. Allen and the Vega String Quartet. This program will be of special interest to those who are interested in the connections between the arts and artists, the long history and sometimes-surprising ‘crosstalk’ from one discipline to another and one generation to another.
Romare Bearden’s work continues to inspire and serve as a catalyst for new creative work across many different artistic disciplines. Bearden was especially important to playwright August Wilson. As Wilson’s longtime collaborator, Andrews brings a unique insight to the nexus between the legacies of these two artists and offers a tome to their influence on his own work and worldview. In the long tradition of the synergy between words and music, the program will include Andrew’s This Train’s Been Here and Gone for String Quartet—-inspired by both Bearden and the poetry of Kevin Young.
The evening will begin with a pre-concert conversation with Allen, Andrews, and Columbia Professor Robert O Meally.
Presented as part of Columbia Explores Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.
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