MAAH Music Presents A Tribute to Dr. Ephraim Amu: The Father of Ghanaian Art Music

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Join us as we celebrate the life, leadership, and music of Dr. Ephraim Amu (1899-1995) and introduce the renowned composer’s daughter Misonu to Boston.  This MAAH Music presentation is a prelude to the African Music Festival, a two-day series of performances, workshops and presentations hosted by New England Conservatory (NEC) and Tufts University Music Department on February 21-22, 2014. 

Misonu, along with NEC vocalists, will perform a concert of her father’s choral music, which speaks meaningfully to the conscience of his nation, and present hand-crafted instruments that she brought from Ghana.  Insights about Dr. Amu, the man and his music, will be provided by Dr. George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, University of Mississippi, whose symposium presentation the following day focuses on Amu’s treatment of language as a major generative force and determinant of style, especially in his mature choral works, and his creative ingenuity in forging a synthesis between Western art music and traditional African music into Ghana’s intercultural art choral idiom.

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