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Contributions of Black People to Classical Music Subject of
April 14 Talk

Ethnomusicologist Curtis Finney will discuss “Pink Elephants and Black Holes: A Look at How Black People Have Been, and Are, Involved in Classical Music” on Wednesday, April 14, 1 p.m. in City Tech’s Atrium Building, Room 632. For more information, e-mail Hazel Gibbs, or call 718.260.5205.

Finney is an emeritus professor at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. He has taught music in the public schools and has conducted liturgical masterworks in and around Central New York. He has also served as adjudicator in choral festivals and competitions. He studied ethnomusicology at Columbia University, specializing in African music and conducting field research and studies in Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Since Finney’s retirement from Crane, he has become associated with the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago, and is researching and lecturing on the contributions of Black people to classical music.

This event is sponsored by City Tech’s Department of African American Studies and has been made possible through “Speakers in the Humanities,” a program of the New York Council for the Humanities. “Speakers in the Humanities”lectures are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York State Legislature, and through funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Since its launch in 1983, the Council’s “Speakers in the Humanities”program has linked distinguished scholars with diverse audiences through the presentation of lectures on a broad range of topics. It offers the very best in humanities scholarship to thousands of citizens in every corner of New York State.

The New York Council for the Humanities is a not-for-profit, independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through statewide collaborations, and programs and services that encourage imaginative thinking and critical inquiry, the Council works to ensure that the humanities are present in the intellectual and cultural life of every New Yorker.


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