Valencia College Hosting Art & Music Concert to Honor Black History Month

The Valencia College Art & Music Concert will feature contributions and compositions of African Americans to celebrate Black History Month.

On Feb. 22, Valencia’s Symphonic and Jazz Bands will allow the audience to immerse themselves in the sounds from “John Henry,” which brings a musical description of this mythical man-versus-machine battle. Also, the bands will perform a medley of classic tunes called “River Jordan.”

Sounds from Ayatey Shabazz, a popular African American composer, and William Owens, who is well known in the concert band genre, will also be featured during the concert.

Jazz music will focus on bringing titles celebrating the successful rise of jazz, which has its roots in the Black musical community of New Orleans.

While the jazz and symphonic bands are playing, student artists will line the front of the stage with easels, creating artwork before a live musical backdrop. The artists will draw by inspiration, not held to the theme.

“It’s a rare artistic experience,” said Rebekah Lane, director of Valencia College’s School of Arts and Entertainment.

This is the 10th year of Valencia College’s Art & Music Concert.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the East Campus Performing Arts Center (PAC) located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail.

For more information about the concert, please contact the Valencia College box office at 407-582-2900.