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B-CU Hosts Annual Spring Concert

The Daytona Beach community is invited to attend Bethune-Cookman University’s upcoming Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10th at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center (698 W. International Speedway Blvd.).  The well-known Concert Chorale, directed by Damon Dandridge and the Symphonic Band, conducted by Donovan Wells, will offer the community an evening of entertainment featuring sounds from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.  In addition, the Symphonic Band will welcome special guest pianist Dr. Hezekiah Brinson, Jr.  The Spring Concert is a family affair; and is free and open to the public.  First Lady Mrs. Florence E. Jackson will also host a pre-performance reception from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. 
 
The Concert Chorale will present highlights from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin This well-known folk opera takes place on Catfish Row, a fictitious black tenement (once a mansion of the aristocracy) on the waterfront of Charleston, South Carolina circa 1930.  It tells the story of Porgy, a disabled street-beggar, who attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer. All of the roles will be sung by current members of the Concert Chorale and Opera Workshop Program. 

The Symphonic Band will open with a flourishing concert fanfare that is sure to grab the audience’s attention.  The remainder of the program will consist of masterworks, sacred literature, and scores from the original Rhapsody in Blue, featuring guest pianist Hezekiah Brinson from New Orleans.  The band will also offer sounds from jazz musician, Louis Armstrong. 

For more information and media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd at boydk@cookman.edu.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.