IN TRIBUTE:  The Charleston based Colour of Music Festival takes up residence at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in performances in memory of beloved school co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

by Patrick D. McCoy

Beginning on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., The Colour of Music Festival will mark a special residency at D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts with performances in tribute to school co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

This performance will feature the all-female Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in representative works of women composers.  Cafritz who was a stalwart arts patron, civil rights activist and educator passed away last year at the age of 70.  This concerts will pay to her lasting impact and legacy in the Washington, D.C. arts community.

Founded by Lee Pringle, The Colour of Music Festival delivers a global offering of the most talented musicians of African ancestry from around the U.S., Canada, Russia, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Europe. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students to expand their repertoire while affirming their place in the world of classical music.

The performance on Saturday, March 16, 2019, also at 7:30 p.m. will feature the performance of the beloved “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dvorak’s New World Symphony, performed by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra The Colour of Music Chamber Orchestra the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra and the Ellington Chorale.    The acclaimed vocal soloist for the performance will be soprano Marsha Thompson, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Chauncey Packer and baritone Kenneth Overton.

For ticket information, please visit The Duke Ellington School Box Office.

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