Jule Collins Smith Museum presenting ‘A History of African American Music’ Feb. 16

AUBURN – Auburn University music professors Rosephanye Powell and William Powell will present “A History of African American Music” through a joint lecture and performance at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. The presentation is part of the collaborative programming based on the museum’s current exhibition, “Promises of Freedom,” featuring selections from the Arthur Primas collection of African American art in celebration of Black History month.

Rosephanye Powell, a professional singer and professor of voice at Auburn University, is a researcher, interpreter and performer of African-American spiritual and solo vocal works. She has presented numerous recitals and lecture-recitals at churches, concert halls, universities and professional meetings around the country. William Powell, associate professor and director of choirs in the Department of Music at Auburn University, is in demand as a lecturer, teacher, conductor, presenter and adjudicator.

Guests should be aware that the museum parking lot and driveway area are under construction as more accessible handicap parking spaces are being created closer to the main entrance. Visitors should follow the new path from the parking lot through the gardens to the main entrance. Patrons with accessibility difficulties can call (334) 844-1884 to arrange to enter through the downstairs ramp at the loading dock.

Admission to the museum is free and open to the public. For more information on this program or for parking information, go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-1484.

(Submitted by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, Jule Collins Smith Museum, (334) 844-7075 (cst0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)