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“Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit”

lifteveryvoiceThe Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts will recognize and celebrate Black History Month with musical and theatrical performances in the fifth annual concert, “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit.”

The concert will feature four guest artists and a special presentation based on the book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.

The concert will open with performances by nationally acclaimed guest artists Fred Dade, piano; Timothy Holley, cello; David Hughey, baritone; and Deb Nansteel, mezzo-soprano. The guests will present works in both the Western classical and African American music traditions.

The second part of the concert will feature a theatrical presentation of the book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by the African American author Carole Boston Weatherford. This presentation will feature music by the combined South Bend Symphonic Choir and the IU South Bend Gospel Choir, with dramatic interpretation by the IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company.

The presentation is in memoriam of the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. Weatherford will visit campus in March for a formal presentation and a book-signing.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February  2, in the Northside Hall Campus Auditorium.

“Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” also includes a symposium on Friday, February 22, at noon in the Northside Recital Hall given by David Hughey. The symposium, entitled “From Classical to Broadway” will discuss the nuances that are required in singing and dance for both the operatic and the Broadway stage.

Hughey is a classically trained singer who recently appeared in the cast of the Tony Award winning production Porgy and Bess on Broadway. Hughey substituted for David Alan Grier for several performances in the role of “Crown” garnering his own rave reviews. As a classically trained singer, Hughes will discuss his transition from the world of Schubert lieder to the Broadway stage. The symposium is open to the public, admission is free, and no tickets are required.

Tickets for “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” are available for $3 and are free to students and children. For more information call the arts box office at 574-520-4203 or visit

// “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit”
// Symposium: Noon Friday, February 22
// Northside Recital Hall
// Free Admission, No Tickets Required
// Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 23
// Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
// Tickets $3 – Free to students/children
// 574-520-4203 –