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America's Music Concert: Clarice Laverne Thompson of RPM Voices
Thursday, June 13, 2013
7:00 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Grand Hall (1st Floor)
Clarice LaVerne Thompson, Musicologist, Composer, Choral Conductor, Music Director
RPM Voices of Rhode Island - Founder & Artistic Director
Dr. Clarice Laverne Thompson will perform music of the African American folk tradition. She will focus on some traditional gospel songs, spirituals, and blues songs.
Clarice LaVerne Thompson, musicologist; is a multi AUDELCO award winning composer and musical director. Her award winning musicals include, Song of Sheba, Crescent Tales, and Ophelia’s Cotillion, books by playwright Elmo Terry-Morgan. Some of Thompson’s other musicals or plays with music are Hot Comb, Profiles and Shadows, Heart to Heart, books by Terry-Morgan; The Children’s Legacy, book by Lola Loui; and Harriet Jacobs by Lydia Diamond. Her Bachelor of Arts in Music was conferred at Historically Black College, Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Thompson received her Master of Music in music composition and her Doctor of Arts in music history both from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Dr. Thompson has toured the United States, Europe and Japan as entertainer, music director and composer.
Clarice LaVerne Thompson founded RPM Voices of Rhode Island in 2003 (then known as the RPM Singers). Since then, over 200 people have performed with RPM Voices of Rhode Island from various musicians to an active 65 plus singers. Dr. Thompson serves as minister of music and choir director at Bethel AME Church and gospel choir director at Beneficent Congregational Church both in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been a consultant for Providence Public School Department's Fine Arts program, instrumental in the development of the current K through 12 music curriculum. As a Music Theatre director, she recently worked on productions for the Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, Mass)-Company One Theatre; the Central Square Theatre (Cambridge, Mass)-Underground Railroad Theatre; Mixed Magic Theatre (Pawtucket, RI); and Rites and Reason Theatre for which she was resident Music Director for 8 years while serving as an adjunct professor at Brown University. She has directed at the National Black Theatre in New York, and numerous other theatres in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and international venues in Japan.