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The Langston Hughes Project (Wheaton College Artist Series Performances)

Great Music. Great Value. Close to Home.

In the 2019-2020 season, the five main series events include something for everyone—humor, awe-inspiring excellence, ethereal choral pieces, ballet, and a literary take on jazz. 

Our Artist Series evenings feature world-renowned performers showcasing their unique musical expressions in Edman Chapel. Plan to enhance the evening experience by attending Grace Notes, the free pre-concert conversation before each main series event.

Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama--12 Moods for Jazz


Saturday March 21, 2020 @ 7:30PM

Iconic American author, Langston Hughes wrote Ask Your Mama - 12 Moods for Jazz as a commentary on the struggles of the African-American community. In addition to his rhythmic prose, Hughes included musical notations but never created a musical score. Dr. Ron McCurdy developed these notes into 12 jazz pieces to be performed alongside the reading of the poem. Drawing from bues and Dixieland gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Lavin “Cha cha” and Afro-Cubam Mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso and African drumming, this performance is sure to excite and inspire!

Edman Chapel
401 E Franklin Ave
Wheaton, IL

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