Back the Curtain, 2/16
In honor of Black History Month join us at our Starring Artists event on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Ron McCurdy’s Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. Admission is free.
Journey through the minds of performing artists with the second season of Starring Artists. At each session, participants will gain insight into what makes artists tick, how they choose their repertoire and what drives them to pursue their chosen field through a question and answer session, as well as be treated to a live performance. Host Nina Garin, Arts Calendar Editor and Producer at KPBS, will guide lively discussions between the artists and the audience.
Performances begin at 2 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” which is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad in the early 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues, gospel, boogie woogie, Latin “cha-cha,” Afro-Cuban mambo music and West Indian calypso; a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. This performance is a joyous multimedia celebration of this masterwork, in music, spoken word and visuals, performed by the impressively versatile Dr. Ron McCurdy and his talented group of musicians who make heads bob, fingers snap and feet tap throughout. This amazing production was named “Live Experience of the Year” at the 2016 JazzFM Awards in London, England.