Black History Month Celebrated With A Free Concert Friday

February 21, 2014

in Barnard,Entertainment,News

BarnArts Celebrates Black History Month With Free Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 21
At Barnard’s First Universalist Church

On Stage Will Be The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour

BARNARD, VT — BarnArts Center for the Arts in coordination with Black History Month presents The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Barnard’s First Universalist Church.

The 16-piece jazz band will perform the music of two legendary and influential big band jazz composers: Cal Massey, a leading 1960s African-American composer whose long – lost magnum opus The Black Liberation Movement Suite is one of the 20th century’s great undiscovered long-form works; and Fred Ho, famed composer, political activist, ecosocialist and “Best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker). Ho will showcase the world premiere of his newest work, The Revolutionary Gardens of Harlem Suite: A Tribute to Clifford Thornton.

The band includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, including bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Duke Ellington, Mel Lewis/Thad Jones), trumpeter Winston Byrd (Paquito D’ Rivera, Clark Terry), and Fred Ho’s saxophone protégé Ben Barson (Arturo O’Farrill, Craig Harris). Tenor saxophonist and distinguished jazz scholar Salim Washington (Pharoah Sanders, Randy Weston) will be accompanying the tour as performer and a speaker, having worked with the music of Cal Massey for decades.

Here is a website/blog for the EcoMusic tour — all kinds of details on here, from press release and posters, to info about Cal Massey, Fred Ho, the comic book and more.

Following the performance there will be a meet / greet and post-show discussion with the musicians at the Barnard Inn Restaurant & Max’s Tavern where patrons can order a la carte off their full menu until 10 p.m.

Because of a grant by The Canaday Family Charitable Trust this will be a free concert. However, donations are welcomed to help support BarnArts Center for the Arts’ expanding efforts in providing opportunity for local adults and children to engage in musical, stage, and artistic productions.

For reservations please call 802-332-6020 or email
For more information visit

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