St. Stephen's Church hosting Black History Month concert

Rashaan Allwood

Rashaan Allwood

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main St. will present three young artists in a concert honoring Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary.

This concert highlights the contributions of black musicians and composers and will feature rarely heard classical works by such African American composers as Harry Burleigh, Florence Price, Fela Sowande, Samuel-Coleridge Taylor, as well as Rashaan Allwood, a widely acclaimed keyboardist and composer who will be one of the three performers at the concert.

Allwood has toured across Europe and was named to the CBC “30 under 30” list of classical musicians in 2017. He will be featured alongside baritone Caleb Wright, who appeared this past summer at the St. Stephen’s Jazz Vespers, and Alcee Chriss III, music minister at St. Stephen’s.

“The concert is intended to be both a musically and spiritually fulfilling experience,” said the Rev. Whitney Altopp, rector of St. Stelphen’s. “Mr. Allwood and Dr. Chriss are consummate keyboard virtuosos, and Mr. Wright’s versatile voice easily transitions between operatic and popular styles. This will be a very exciting evening for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

The Black History Month concert will feature a variety of musical styles that are reflected in the African American heritage, including selections from Scott Joplin and Erroll Garner. Organ and piano works will intersperse sacred vocal works and spiritual arrangements, many of which were conceived by living African American composers.

There is no admission charge, although donations will be accepted.