‘The Le­gacy Show’ at UTC

Vi­o­lin­ist Tami Lee Hughes presents work of black mu­si­cians, poets

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Crit­i­cally ac­claimed vi­o­lin­ist Tami Lee Hughes brings “The Le­gacy Show” to the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga tonight, Feb. 8, for a free per­for­mance at 7: 30 p. m. in the UTC Fine Arts Cen­ter, 752 Vine St.

Dr. Jonathan McNair says “The Le­gacy Show” fea­tures Hughes in “a pro­gram she de­signed, pair­ing mu­sic in­flu­enced by di­verse styles from spir­i­tu­als and blues to jazz, hip- hop and clas­si­cal, with po­etry and vis­ual im­ages. All of the fea­tured com­posers and poets are African-Amer­i­can.”

“The Le­gacy Show” is the first of two week­end per­for­mances billed jointly as the Fes­ti­val of African-Amer­i­can Con­cert Mu­sic & Po­etry. The sec­ond is a mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mance by EnVaGe and poet Earl Braggs on Satur­day, Feb. 10.

McNair, the Ruth S. Holm­berg Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Mu­sic at UTC, is spon­sor­ing “The Le­gacy Show” in co­op­er­a­tion with the UTC Depart­ment of English and the UTC Hon­ors Col­lege.

Hughes’ al­bum, “Le­gacy: Vi­o­lin Mu­sic of African- Amer­i­can Com­posers” was named one of the top 10 al­bums of 2011 by “All Mu­sic Guide” and has been broad­cast via ra­dio around the world.

Com­posers whose mu­sic will be fea­tured in “The Le­gacy Show” in­clude Duke Elling­ton and Fran­cis “Frank” John­son, who McNair says was a cor­net player and the most pop­u­lar dance band leader in Philadel­phia, Penn., dur­ing the early- to mid-1800s. Po­etry is se­lected from the work of James Wel­don John­son, Langston Hughes, Maya An­gelou and oth­ers.

Hughes will be joined by pi­anist By­ron Bur­ford-Phearse, who has per­formed across the U.S. in ad­di­tion to Paris as part of the Euro­pean Amer­i­can Mu­si­cal Al­liance.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-425-4269.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Vi­o­lin­ist Tami Lee Hughes presents her trib­ute to past and present black com­posers in “The Le­gacy Show” tonight in the UTC Fine Arts Cen­ter.

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