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December 2018

Music Sustains Us: Haitian and African-American Spiritual Music

December 12 at 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Glacier HIlls Senior Living, 1200 Earhart Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States

With Glacier Hills Senior Living, Crossing Borders Music shares Music Sustains Us: Haitian and African-American Spiritual Songs! Hear spiritual songs of Haitians and African-Americans provided solace, resilience, and strength in the face of oppression. These powerful traditional melodies have been arranged by keyboard, violin, and cello by composers Julio Racine and Samuel Coleridge Taylor.

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Honoring Refugee Composers

December 16 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Crossing Borders Music honors refugees around the world in this performance of music written by or about refugees! Hear the proud “Refugees Anthem” by Moutaz Arian. Be stirred by Tatev Amiryan’s “Tristesse,” a homage to the famous Armenian musician Komitas. The piece expresses Komitas’ pain and sorrow as the Armenian Genocide forced him from his home and caused him to suffer a mental breakdown as he lived in exile for the rest of his life. Hear Ruth Schonthal’s String Quartet…

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April 2019

free and open to the public

Of Folk, Faith, and Fellowship: Exploring Chicago’s African-American Women Composers

April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Join pianist and scholar Samantha Ege in exploring the music and lives of four great composers! Florence Price and Margaret Bonds lived and composed on Chicago's South Side during the remarkable artistic period of the Chicago Black Renaissance in the 1930s. Supported in their friendship in the midst of a thriving arts environment, these trail-blazing women created historic and ground-breaking compositions influenced by African-American folk melodies - especially spirituals.  Ege also explores the  remarkable music of contemporary composers Dolores White…

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May 2019

free and open to the public

Cello Around the World

May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Haitian American Museum of Chicago – HAMOC, 4654 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
Tom Clowes

In celebration of Haitian Flag Day, Crossing Borders Music founder Tom Clowes performs solo cello music by composers from Haiti, Cambodia, Germany, Egypt, and Colombia at the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Said Clowes, "I wanted to volunteer my talents at the Haitian American Museum of Chicago to promote the great work they do exposing people to Haitian culture and beyond." The program will include Solace by Haitian-Canadian composer Gifrants, a transcription of the traditional Haitian melody Erzulie Malade ("Erzulie Is…

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