FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---Join Dr. Roosevelt Newson, ECSU’s first Spangler Endowed Professor and the chairperson of the Music Department, for the initial presentations of the "Americana Lecture Series," on March 8 and March 29 in the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. The presentations begin at 7:00 pm.
The subject matter for all of the presentations will center around American Music and the role of African-Americans in creating the country's unique musical language. While the first two presentations will take place in March, future presentations will be scheduled over a broader range of time. His first presentation is a lecture, "The Invention of the Negro and the Evolution of His Music,” but the second presentation, “The Era of Ragtime,” is a lecture-recital featuring student and faculty performers. The series will continue throughout his appointment as the Spangler Endowed Professor.
“Next year, I am likely to present one standard lecture and a second presentation which will be a multi-media presentation. I’m looking forward to presenting this series for the community and of course ECSU students, staff and faculty,” Newson said.
Dr. Newson has an impressive resume documenting his accomplishments as a concert pianist and academician. Featured as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Newson has also presented solo recitals at Diligentia Hall in The Hague, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Wigmore Hall in London, Town Hall in New York City, as well as The Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington D.C. For a brief period, Newson was listed on the artist roster of the Perotta Management in New York City.
The Louisiana-born pianist graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and continued his formal studies at The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and The Juilliard School in New York City. Newson’s primary teachers include Walter Hautzig, Leon Fleisher, and Martin Canin.
With a second career in Higher Education, Dr. Newson has served as Dean at three institutions and as Provost at two other institutions. Having served two terms on the Board of Directors for CCAS (Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences), he was subsequently elected as President of CCAS. A former American Council on Education (ACE ) Fellow, Newson is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the ACE Council of Fellows.
For more information on this series, contact the ECSU Music Department, 252-335-3359.