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Black Keys: The Evolution of the Black Classical Arts

April 20, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

$10 – $45
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Conducted by Matthew Kraemer, Music Director

Curated program by Joshua Thompson, ICO Creative Partner-in-Residence

Featured Guests Joshua Thompson, Piano; Kenyetta Dance Company; Jared Thompson, Saxophone; Psyrne Simone, Vocalist

Curated by ICO Creative Partner-in-Residence, Joshua Thompson, “Black Keys,” weaves together dance, powerhouse vocals, and world-class artistry and featuring fellow artists Psywrn Simone, Kenyetta Dance Co., and Jared Thompson. The repertoire includes masterpieces composed by Black contributors in classical music that span over three centuries: William Grant Still, Joseph Bologne, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Harry Burleigh and Margaret Bonds.


Coleridge-Taylor           Petite Suite de Concert           

Ulysses Kay                    Pieta    

Still                                   Darker America

Still                                   “Out of Silence” from Seven Traceries

Ellington                          “Spring” from The River

Still                                   “Africa” Land of Romance

Chevalier                        Symphony in D major

Still                                   Spiritual “A Deserted Plantation”

Burleigh                          “The Frolic” from The Southland

Simone                            Four Women

Bonds/Hughes              Dream Variations

Ellington                          Single Petal of a Rose

Ellington                         MLK, Movement III from “Three Black Kings”

Tickets packagaes available after July 1, Single tickets available after August 1

Joshua Thompson, music sociologist, ICO creative partner, melanated moments
Joshua Thompson, Curator, Pianist, ICO Creative Partner-in-Residence
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Kenyetta Dance Company
Jared Thompson, saxophone, guest artist
Jared Thompson, Saxophone
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April 20, 2024
7:30 pm
$10 – $45
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Indianapolis,IN46208United States
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