02/27/2012 02:36 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Jazz Ensemble will present the two-night world premiere of Rufus Reid's “Quiet Pride,” on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 28-29, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Manship Theatre, located in The Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
“Quiet Pride” is a five-movement work composed and conducted by renowned jazz bassist, educator and composer Rufus Reid, who will lead the ensemble in the two performances. The piece was inspired by five sculptures created by American artist Elizabeth Catlett – “Recognition,” “Glory,” “Mother & Child,” “Singing Head” and “Stargazer.”
To create this unique musical tribute, Reid was awarded a prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition, which provides financial support for the creation of new musical works. The Sackler award was established in 2000 and is administered by the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. More information on “Quiet Pride” can be found at www.geodesicmanagement.com/quietpride.
“Quiet Pride” was originally written as a four-movement piece, but Reid has composed a fifth piece for the LSU Jazz Ensemble to perform.
The concerts will be shared with an exhibition at the LSU Museum of Art titled “Faces of Pride,” which features selected works of Catlett’s art. The exhibition is open now through Aug. 26 in the museum, which is also located in the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Over her 70-plus year artistic career, Catlett has created numerous sculptures, drawings and prints that celebrate African-American and Mexican women, from nurturing mothers to strong workers. Among her work is the statue of Louis Armstrong that stands at the entrance to the New Orleans Park, dedicated to his memory. More information on Catlett is available at http://elizabethcatlett.net.
Reid’s proposal to create “Quiet Pride” resonated with the Sackler commission’s committee because it was inspired by Catlett, who is 96 years old and still producing.
“She is a very important artist that should be known more widely,” Reid said of Catlett. “Since writing the piece, I have met her and we have become friends. I am now working on presenting my music, along with her art and her story, to art centers and colleges and universities by involving the jazz departments, art departments, Afro-American studies and women’s studies departments, all working together.”
On Tuesday, concertgoers are invited to stay after the show to see the exhibit and meet Reid and the LSU musicians. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., concert attendees can come early to see the Catlett exhibit.
General admission tickets for the event are $30, with student tickets available for $10.
For more information on the concert events, including how to purchase tickets, visit www.manship.org.
To learn more about the LSU Museum of Art and the “Faces of Pride” exhibit, visit www.lsumoa.com.
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012