Black History Month Concert

Up South: The Great Migration in Sound and Movement,a concert of music and dance that celebrates the northward migration of African-Americans over the first half of the 20th century. A Hofstra student actor will guide the audience through a semi-historical narrative describing the exodus of millions of African-Americans from the racially oppressed, rural South seeking economic opportunities and a more inviting social environment in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City and Los Angeles.

This concert will feature performances by the Hofstra Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Hofstra student dancers, and invited choral ensembles from Hempstead High School and Uniondale High School. Esteemed guest artists include soprano and writer Diana Solomon-Glover; choreographer Mickey Davidson; baritone Steven Herring and tenor Robert Hughes; flutist and Hofstra alumna Nicole Camacho; and conductor and pianist Frank Owens, who performed in the Broadway productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’  and Sophisticated Ladies, and served as the first musical director for The David Letterman Show on NBC.

The first half will feature concert works, including Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston for flute, clarinet and piano, and opera excerpts from Strange Fruit by Hofstra professor Chandler Carter. The Hofstra Chamber Singers and visiting choirs from Hempstead and Uniondale high schools will sing traditional and contemporary African-American choral settings to begin the second half, and the Hofstra Jazz band will round off the show with a Count Basie dance set featuring pianist Frank Owens and choreography by Mickey Davidson.

This concert is funded by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the D’Addario Community Music Appreciation Initiative, a multi-faceted program designed to increase knowledge and appreciation for all types of music among a broad range of young people.

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

Tickets:  $10 general admission, $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Students under 18 receive one free ticket.  $5-- Group rate (15+). 

Tickets on sale beginning January 7, 2014.

For tickets and information, unless otherwise noted, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


The Department of Music has many student recitals scheduled for the spring 2014 semester. For more information, please contact the Hofstra Music Department at 516-463-5490.


Sunday, February 09, 2014


$8-$10 without HofstraCard



Sosnoff Theater at John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Adams Playhouse
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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Department of Drama and Dance
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