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Persevering Legacy

  • Howard B. Waltz Music Library 1020 18th Street Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)

Persevering Legacy champions a catalytic collaboration that will elevate stories of historically marginalized female African-American composers to align classical music with social activism. The College of Music's American Music Research Center (AMRC) partners with the college's Diverse Musicians' Alliance and the Museum of Boulder to pilot a socially engaged performance and workshop event as part of a broader celebration during Women’s History Month.

This free public performance will feature College of Music faculty and students performing selections from the AMRC’s Helen Walker-Hill Collection, a unique collection of rare and seldom performed musical compositions by female African-American composers. The workshop component, led by members of the Museum of Boulder’s existing Inclusipedia project, will give volunteers the necessary skills for creating and editing Wikipedia pages to add women and people of color from Boulder’s past and present to the website.

This program features specially selected College of Music faculty and students who are dedicated to raising awareness for equity, diversity, inclusion and access in music performance.

Indigo will be performing Chicago-based composer Regina Harris Baiocchi’s “Autumn Night” for solo alto flute. The piece’s original form was a poem, then grew into a jazz quintet with voice, then morphed into a solo for alto flute. The version for alto flute is inspired by the original song lyric:

Spend an autumn night here / I'll work while you cheer
We can scat where no one understands but us:
Me, You, Us, We, One / This autumn night

Can you spend a little time / Can you spare one night
In one night we can write a 12-bar Blues
Can you spend a little time / Can you spare one night

One night, one night, one night / Playing Jazz is real good news
We can scat where no one understands but us:
Me, You, Us, We, One / This autumn night

Earlier Event: November 29
CU Symphony Orchestra Concert
Later Event: March 14
CU-Boulder Chamber Orchestra