Portals: Black Americans’ Influence on Music with Lloyd Kaplan

Monday, May 2, 2016

6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Conference Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2016-05-02 18:30 - 19:30

Black Americans’ Influence on Music

Instructor: Lloyd Kaplan

A four-part workshop series, meeting Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm,
April 11, 18, 25 and May 2.

Delve into the influence of the American blacks on the music of this country with Lloyd Kaplan, professional musician and member of the faculty of both Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University and the University of Rhode Island.  Kaplan will begin this four-part series with a lik at Blackface Minstrelsy in 1828, then look at how the blues came about, including the important early figures involved. The blues had a profound impact on popular music, country music and classical music as well as musical theater. This series will introduce many of the early black composers, lyricists, and performers, many of whom are now little known, or, essentially unknown, and their influence on modern music.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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