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Districtwide concert showcases famous poet

By Kirsten Mahon/tr news editor

A jazz poetry performance featuring a multimedia concert will be showcased throughout TCC at the end of the month.

The Langston Hughes Project, a traveling musical workshop, will visit all five campuses on different days throughout the last week of Black History Month. The jazz-poem suite aims to honor the poetic and musical works of Langston Hughes.

Hughes was famous for his literary and musical art during the Harlem Renaissance, and he is now seen as a stronghold behind the progression of African-American history.

The project is based on Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” which he wrote in 1961 and dedicated to the legendary Louis Armstrong. When he died in 1967, the project was still in its planning stage.

The project connects the words and music to images of people, places, events and works of artists that Hughes admired or worked with. In all, the project spans black culture from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s through the 1960s.

Eddie Brassart, TR student development associate, said the free event is great for students to learn about the work of Hughes.

“If you are a fan of jazz or music in general, this performance is a must see,” he said.

The Langston Hughes Project will begin the journey to all five campuses on SE Campus 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the North Ballroom (ESEC 1102). Shortly after, it will appear 2-3 p.m. in the Energy Auditorium (TRTR fourth floor by the Rotunda) on TR Campus.

NE students can watch the show 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Center Corner (NSTU 1615A).

The show makes its final appearances on campuses 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 28 in WSTU 1303 on NW Campus and 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the SSTU Cafeteria on South Campus.

For more information, students can contact their campus’ student activities offices.

 
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