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Including two world premieres by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael Nickens

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music presents a pre-recorded digital concert featuring the rich choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble repertoire of Black composers. In addition to works by William Grant Still and George Walker, this concert features two world premieres of commissioned works by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Michael Nickens. Simpson-Curenton’s Passages is a moving choral work that powerfully proclaims, "Sing a song of freedom." The program also features a commissioned work for combined bands and narration composed by Michael Nickens (Doc Nix), performed by the wind ensemble and Green Machine. 

How to Watch

This event will be available to watch beginning Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET simultaneously on this webpage and the Center for the Arts YouTube channel.


Spring 2021 Dewberry School of Music performances as part of Mason Arts at Home are free. You can give back to these talented young musicians by supporting their educations. A gift of any size in support of scholarships is deeply appreciated. Make a gift.