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Concert honoring Martin Luther King set for Jan. 29

January 10, 2018

The Indiana State University School of Music will present a concert in celebration of "The Dream" of Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Boyce Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Indiana State percussion Professor Jimmy Finnie, along with 11 music students, eight faculty and three visiting artists will present this concert featuring the compositions of Chicago native Regina Harris Baiocchi.

"Anyone who is familiar or not with percussion music will enjoy this concert," Finnie said. "It will include percussion with string quartet, percussion with piano, percussion within the context of a brass and vocal oratorio and African drumming. And don't forget the incredible singing by classical and gospel singer Felicia Coleman-Evans with the ISU Percussion Ensemble & Steel Band."

The concert is also a result of Finnie's faculty sabbatical leave in fall 2017. The eight works to be performed by these professionals and students will be recorded and mastered by Terre Haute's Don Arney over the next few months and released summer 2018 as the compact disc, "Percussing Up a Storm."

"Regina's music creates a murky line between Western classical music, Negro spirituals and American jazz," Finnie said. "I am grateful to ISU for providing this opportunity for me to seriously study, interpret and now perform the music of this outstanding composer and am equally excited my students and colleagues are getting to know and perform Regina's music as well."

The performance is free and open to the public, made possible in part by the Indiana State School of Music, Indiana State Arts Endowment Grant, Indiana State Office of Community Engagement, Indiana Arts Commission and 3AP (3Arts Projects) Chicago. A reception will follow provided by the Indiana State College of Arts and Sciences.

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Photos: http://www.reigningrecords.com/page500_felicia_bw_large.htm -- Felicia Coleman-Evans, classical and gospel singer

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/i-TtBKtjP/0/b1da7105/O/Regina_Harris_Baiocchi.jpg -- Composer Regina Harris Baiocchi of Chicago

Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications and media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@indstate.edu

 

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Indiana State percussion Professor Jimmy Finnie, along with 11 music students, eight faculty and three visiting artists will present this concert featuring the compositions of Chicago native Regina Harris Baiocchi.

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