Arts groups around the County, from New Rochelle to Pleasantville, have been celebrating Black History Month all month long. Here are several highlights to help you close out the month with reflection, inspection and celebration.
February 24: Gospel Concert: Mount Vernon Interfaith Community Choir
The Mount Vernon Interfaith Community Choir will be performing at the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library on February 24. The concert will feature a selection of gospel songs that are meant to encourage reflection during Black History Month. The songs representative of the group’s diversity – its singers hail from different backgrounds and faiths. Under the guidance of their Director and Founder, Maureen Wilson, the Choir has been an example of artistic cooperation among local congregations for 20 years. Begins 3pm.
February 27: Soul Voices
SUNY Purchase’s “Lift Every Voice” concert returns for its annual Black History Month performance. During the performance, the College’s Soul Voices vocal ensemble explores a variety of genres and seeks to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate music that represents the African-American experience. The 60-student performance will feature a variety of soul and jazz music, as well as a selection of spoken word works from the BFA Junior Acting Company. The concert takes place in the concert hall of school’s Music Building. Begins at 7pm.
February 27 through June 30: Nina Chanel Abney
The Neuberger Museum of Art is opening the exhibition Royal Flush in time for Black History Month. The show will survey a decade of works by African-American artist Nina Chanel Abney. The solo exhibition will include approximately 30 pieces, including paintings, watercolors and collages. Abney’s work explores the complex racial and social dynamics at play in urban life, while utilizing a vibrant range of color in massive scale. Hours vary.
February 25: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film Screening
The Jacob Burns Film Center will be screening the film Hale County This Morning, This Evening by director RaMell Ross. The documentary takes the audience through the typical day-to-day routine for a pair of African-American men in rural Alabama’s Hale County. The film provides a layered narrative that explores ways in which local African American communities are incorporated into the collective national viewpoint. The documentary, which is nominated for an Academy Award, will be screened the day following the Awards. Begins at 7pm.
William Bermingham works in the Communications Department at ArtsWestchester. He is a graduate of Purchase College where he studied Arts Management.