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Celebrate Black History Month at the Negro Melodies of America Concert

February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

Negro Melodies of America
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Bask in the ambiance of West African spirituals during the Negro Melodies of America concert

Salon 21 will host pianist Dr. Leah Claiborne during Black History Month. Negro Melodies of America is a performance that highlights piano works by black composers who use arrangements of Negro Melodies, or “Spirituals,” in their compositions. Spirituals combine the influences of West African rhythms and melodies with the influences of European Christian Hymns to portray the hardships of African slaves in America.


Admission to Negro Melodies of America is free, however, a $15 donation is suggested. To donate, attendees can register online.


Parking is available on the street blocks of Sixth St., Walnut St., and Seventh St. there are several independent valet operators just footsteps from the Weston Art Gallery entrance. Also, valet stations are adjacent to Nada Restaurant. Keep in mind that the Weston Art Gallery does not own these lots, pricing is subject to change.



About Salon 21: Petite Piano Concert
Salon 21 is a series of intimate piano concerts in places around Cincinnati. The concerts resemble 19th-century salons where famous musicians and composers would perform in people’s living rooms. Salon 21 updates these historic gatherings for the 21st century. No stages will be found at a Salon 21 concert, breaking down the barrier between audience and artist. Each concert experience is an evening with a community of friends exploring world-class music and exciting new ideas.


About Negro Melodies of America
This genre opens a door to a time capsule during a dark period in American history. These melodies speak to the soul of humanity and as its name suggests, are arguably some of the most spiritually powerful music that ever emerged from this country. Furthermore, Dr. Claiborne will be performing selections from Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s 24 Negro Melodies as well as other Black American composers who arrange Spirituals for solo piano.

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Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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