2018-04-06 / Arts & Entertainment

University of South Carolina School of Music presents Richard Greener tribute concert

Contributed by Uof SC School of Music

The Richard Greener tribute concert explores the legacy of Richard Greener, UofSC’s first African-American professor (1873-77) and the first black graduate of Harvard. The concert will take place Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the UofSC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the world premiere of two newly-commissioned pieces composed by Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, which include vocal and instrumental music and narration, poetry, and Greener’s own writings.

Coleman and Scott are two of the country’s most accomplished African American composers and members of the Grammynominated Imani Winds. The two will discuss their new works in a pre-concert conversation from 6:30-7 p.m.

The concert will be performed by UofSC music faculty and students, featuring Columbia baritone Kendrick Williams.

In addition to the new musical works, several other tributes are planned for the evening. Greener’s biographer, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock, author of Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College, will speak about Greener’s life and legacy.

UofSC theater professor Stanley Brown will perform a monologue from the play The White Problem by Jon Tuttle, based on Greener’s writings, and an exhibit of materials related to Greener from the South Caroliniana Library will be on display before the concert.

These events have been made possible by a Visiting Scholars Grant from the UofSC Provost’s Office, with additional support from the UofSC School of Music.

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