Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit February 21-22, 2014


Location: Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall (Indiana University South Bend)


February 21st: 

Symposium by trumpeter Rodney Craig Mack @ 12:00 noon

Brass Master Class @ 3:00 p.m.

Where: Education and Arts Building room 1103

               1002 S. Esther Street (IU South Bend Campus)

Admission to both events is free of charge

February 22nd:

Black History Month Celebration Concert

Featuring guest artists: trumpeter Rodney Craig Mack, soprano Denise Murchison Payton, and pianist Maria Thompson Corley as well as the South Bend Symphonic Choir and IU South Bend Gospel Choir @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: Campus Auditorium Northside Hall
              1825 Northside Blvd. (IU South Bend Campus)

Tickets $3, free to students and children


Join the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts in celebrating Black History Month with our 6th annual "Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit" concert.  The South Bend Symphonic Choir and IU South Bend Gospel Choir will be joined by three guest artists, and the concert will feature the world premiere of a choral composition written by Julius Miller, one of our talented students.

Headlining the concert is trumpeter Rodney Mack. The sound of Rodney Mack’s trumpet has reverberated throughout the world. Mack made his solo debut at the age of 15 with the New Orleans Symphony and received national attention at the age of 19 as soloist with the Boston Pops. He is founder of The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, composed of some of America's top brass musicians. His year is split between his duties as principal trumpet with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, artist-in-residence at Temple University, and various masterclass and solo engagements in the United States and abroad.

Joining Mack will be pianist Maria Corley and soprano Denise Murchison Payton.

Payton’s recent release of "Songs in 'D' Inspirational Songs of Faith" displays her versatility. She performs regularly with the Long Leaf Opera Company and is frequently a soprano soloist in such operas as Susannah, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Regina. Under her baton, the Fayetteville State University Concert Choir made their debut with a Prelude Concert at the famed Carnegie Hall in April 2013. Payton is also the founder of The Heritage Restoration Chorale, an ecumenical group of singers from the Fayetteville region specializing in the Negro Spiritual.

Corley, a Jamaican-born Canadian pianist, gave her first public performance at the age of eight. Since then, she has appeared on radio, television, and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Europe with performances at the Carnegie Recital Hall, Aaron Davis Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. She has collaborated with Metropolitan Opera soprano Priscilla Baskerville, and internationally renowned clarinetist James Campbell.

The concert will also feature selections by the IU South Bend Gospel Choir and the South Bend Symphonic Choir singing the world premiere of "Set Me As A Seal," composed by student Julius Miller. Miller is a junior music major at IU South Bend and this is his first published musical composition. A native of Detroit, Mich., he is also a featured soloist at St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Episcopal Church in South Bend.

The weekend of events is under the direction of Marvin Curtis, dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.

For more information: 574-520-4203 //