A unique Longwood University concert celebrating Black History Month, co-sponsored by the Moton Museum, blends legendary poets and composers in a fusion of entertainment and learning this month.

The performance by the chamber ensemble Black, Brown and Beige—named for a composition by renowned jazz artist Duke Ellington—takes place Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Wygal Recital Hall on Longwood’s campus. The free performance includes the work of notable poets such as Toni Morrison and Langston Hughes and celebrated composers André Previn and Keith Jarrett.

A reception following the concert will be held in the Haga Room in Wygal.

The chamber ensemble consists of

  • Dr. Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano and assistant professor of music at Longwood
  • Naima Burrs, violinist, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
  • Russell Wilson, pianist with the Richmond Symphony
  • Dr. Timothy Holley, cellist and associate professor of music at North Carolina Central University

"I hope that people will leave this concert having learned something about African-Americans’ contribution to the cultural fabric of America, in addition to enjoying the music that will be performed," said Edwards-Burrs. "All of the performers feel very passionate about both the compositions and the need to share this music with audiences everywhere. We hope this is a night to remember."

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