YSU Department of Theatre & Dance and Dana School of Music: Voices of Color in Song

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YSU's Department of Theatre & Dance and the Dana School of Music will host a virtual Juneteenth Celebration this evening at 7 pm, on the videoconferencing platform Zoom. Voices of Color in Song is a virtual open mic celebration hosted by Jaron M. LeGrair, YSU Adjunct Professor and Director of the YSU Gospel Choir. Participants should sign into the Zoom application through the YSU Department of Theatre and Dance Facebook page. More information available at 330-727-7514.

 

[Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the last remaining African-American slaves were officially freed (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect).

The event, called 'Voices of Color in Song', is a virtual open mic celebration hosted by faculty member Jaron M. LeGrair, Adjunct Professor and Director of the YSU Gospel Choir. Participants should sign into the Zoom application through Facebook (search YSU Department of Theatre and Dance). While music is the primary medium, anyone may join as a performer, although there are limited performance spots available.

The idea to host an event came from faculty and students who thought it was essential to celebrate such a day to bring positive energy to current events to celebrate black lives and freedom.

LeGrair said, "Using music to celebrate this day is poignant because of the freedom music brings to any listener and any artist. Creativity is freedom. Art is freedom. Expression is freedom. So using this freeing medium to celebrate is an amazing way to bring light to the historical day."

Bringing Black History into the music classroom is not unique. Dr. Maria Fenty Denison, Program Coordinator of YSU's Musical Theatre Program, noted, "The Juneteenth celebration and moments in Black History are used frequently as a normal part of our curriculum, helping students to understand the history of Broadway and the lineage of the songs of American musical theatre."

"This event is for all races and creeds to enjoy and participate in - we all can celebrate freedom," said LeGrair.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.]

 

Submitter Organization: 
YSU Department of Theatre & Dance and Dana School of Music
Event Date(s): 
June 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Contact Email: 
LAFactor@ysu.edu
Event Contact Phone Number: 
(330) 727-7514