Concert Opens Tonight

Tonight, at 7 p.m., the Annual Black History Musical Concert will be showcased at Lee Hall. 

Florida A&M University students and faculty members from the music department are all participants.”This will be a good concert,” said the secretary of the musical department, Lanita Jones.

The FAMU musical department prepared for the concert all month long.

“We facilitate the events in Lee Hall,” said Author Cavano, the headman of the Lee Hall stage crew.

The stage will be managed by at least eight workers for the event. 

A historical composer will be highlighted by music from each department in the music program.  The musical department will play a variety of music, including classical music, jazz, old Negro spirituals. Two faculty members will also sing solo pieces during the show.
People working in the production of the show said they are excited and proud of what they have done.

“This will be a great opportunity for FAMU students and faculty and for the community of Leon County” said the chairman of the Black History program, Denine White. “We are the only HBCU School that has a bell choir.”

The musical department has many different types of choirs, ranging from flutes, clarinets and now a bell choir, who will be performing.

The department offers a wide range of musical classes for their students that other HBCU’s do not. FAMU is one out of a few in the nation that has many musical choirs.

Professor Dorian Hollaway, the assistant band director said, “The saxophones will be playing a song named the Devil’s Rag.”

Many have high hopes for the concert.

“We would like to enlighten the community and FAMU students,” said Antonio Witherspoon the 25- year-old president of the concert choir.

Audience members can also expect a surprise from the Marching 100. 

“The FAMU Marching 100 will be performing in the audience and in each row of the Lee Hall,” White said.

The Marching 100 will perform classic pieces like “Celebration,” “SOS” and “Signed Sealed Delivered.” 

The staff and other workers involved in the event said they hope it turns out to be a great success.  They added that they are excited to present this musical, and hope it goes smoothly.