Tune in Wednesday, February 28th at noon and 10 p.m. for a special Performance Iowa featuring UNI and Cedar Valley musicians performing in our studio to honor Black History Month! Black History Month is an annual observance in remembrance of important people and events in the history of people of color. It was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, and first celebrated at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government.
· Violist and UNI Master’s Program Graduate, Andrea Alert, performing Carmela for Viola by Black composer William Grant Still
· UNI Junior Vocal Performance Major, Athena-Sade Whiteside, singing Song of the Dark Virgin by Florence Price
· UNI’s Student Recruitment & Retention Coordinator and concert artist, Celeste Bembry, singing Witness by Hall Johnson and reading A Song of the Dark Virgin by Gwendolyn Brooks
· UNI Flute Performance Master’s Program Graduate, Azeem Ward, performing two original works on flute and electronic keyboard with guest Abe Miller, tenor saxophone
· UNI Associate Professor of Literacy Education, Dr. Shuaib Meacham, reading Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin and I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
· UNI Sophomore Vocal Music Education Major, Shannon Jones, singing Running Back to You by contemporary gospel group Commissioned with Marcus Jackson at the keyboard
· Undergraduate Music Education Major, Marcus Jackson, singing and playing his own R&B renditions of Hey Lover and The Brady Bunch Theme Song by Jamie Foxx
· And Director of Music Ministries at Waterloo’s First Presbyterian Church, Taemin Han, accompanying Andrea, Athena, and Celeste at the keyboard
Tune in on Wednesday, February 28th at noon and 10 p.m. to hear this Performance Iowa broadcast!