Recital spotlights music of black composers

Recital spotlights music of black composers
By: Merrillville High School Last Updated: January 16, 2020

Merrillville, Ind. -- The Merrillville High School orchestra program is performing a black composer recital in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Reinhart Auditorium, located at Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Pl. The public should enter door M at the back of the school.

High school students from all three levels of orchestra classes, MHS orchestra alumni and professional string players will perform classical and contemporary pieces by composers of color.

The recital will also feature the third movement “Even Pirates Get the Blues” from the “Pirate Suite,” music composed especially for the after-school jazz orchestra club by Charley Harrison, UCLA jazz professor and former assistant artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets are $5, and all proceeds go to the John Bradford Scholarship Fund which subsidizes private instruction for talented orchestra students with limited resources.

Donations can be made to the Bradford Scholarship Fund at the door or by mail. Checks should be made to Bradford Scholarship Fund, mailed to MHS c/o Rosenthal, 276 E. 68th Pl., Merrillville, IN 46410. Tax deductible receipts available.