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by Crystal Wu & Catherine Zachary

In this monthly concert series created by Arts Everywhere and the Department of Music in the fall of 2019, First Fridays gives students and student chamber ensembles an opportunity to perform and share their music with the community. Originally set in the rotunda of Hill Hall on the first Fridays of the month and then going on the road to different spaces across campus, these informal pop-up concerts have allowed students, faculty, staff, and community members to come and go as they listen to live music of all genres and configurations.

In keeping with the efforts made in Fall 2020 to keep the community safe and healthy, First Fridays will continue to premiere online this Spring! Once again, Arts Everywhere and the Department of Music sought and carefully selected proposals for virtual, pre-recorded 15-30 minute programs featuring music by underrepresented voices (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, etc.).

For Spring 2021, we are pleased to announce the following featured performances below! Selected students researched and chose pieces by underrepresented composers who were meaningful to them and will present the pieces along with program notes about the musical works, composers, poets, and historical context.

Please join us on Facebook on the first Friday of each month to listen to and support these talented musicians!

March 5 at 12:00 pm

Songs and Lieder of Robert Owens

Erin Pratt (‘22), mezzo-soprano

  • Major: Musicology PhD candidate 

With Stephen Feiss, piano



Three Countee Cullen Songs for High Voice and Piano, Op. 27

1.From the Dark Tower

Three Songs of Emily Jane Brontë, Op. 18 (c. 10 minutes)

  1. The Old Stoic
  2. Tell me, tell me

III. Sleep

Drei Lieder von Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Op. 47 (c. 13 minutes)

  1. Vorfrühling
  2. Die Beiden

III. Manche freilich…

Border Line, Song Cycle on Poems by Langston Hughes, Op. 24

16. The End

First Fridays Quartet collage. Text with performance information also available on webpage.April 9 at 12:00 pm

Celebrating the Music of Florence Price & William Grant Still

Ayman Bejjani (He/Him)

  • Major: Music BA, Chemistry Minor
  • Year: Junior
  • Instrument: Violin 

Maria Manning (She/Her)

  • Major: Neuroscience BA, Music BM
  • Year: First Year
  • Instrument: Violin 

Tate Jones (He/Him)

  • Major: Biology BS and Music BA
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Instrument: Viola 

David Kim (He/Him) 

  • Major: Music BA, Premed Track
  • Year: First Year
  • Instrument: Cello 



String Quartet in G Major (1929)—Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953)

  1. Allegro 
  2. Andante Moderato

Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)—William Grant Still (1895-1978)

  1. Mother and Child


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