Symposium Honors Archives of African American Music
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- On Friday, Oct. 20, the University
of Connecticut will celebrate the acquisition of the
Samuel and Ann Charters Archives of Blues and
Vernacular Music with a daylong symposium. Media
are welcome to cover the event.
The collection includes everything from recordings
and sheet music to field notes and musicians' contracts.
The extensive collection was amassed during
Samuel Charters' career as a renowned music historian,
author and producer. During much of Samuel Charter's
career, which spans more than 50 years, his
wife, English Professor Ann Charters, has served as his
Friday's celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with remarks
from the Charters. At 9:30 a.m., Horace Boyer, a professor
emeritus of music and an expert on gospel
music, will discuss gospel's past, present and future.
Boyer's talk will be followed by a performance by the
Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir at 11 a.m. All
the morning's events will take place in the ballroom of
Lewis B. Rome Commons, on UConn's South Campus.
The day's events continue with a 1:30 p.m. talk
about the art of preservation by Anthony Seeger, a
professor of ethnomusicology at the University of
California at Los Angeles. At 2:20 p.m., Jeffrey Ogbar,
an assistant professor of history at UConn, will discuss
rap and hip-hop music. A talk by Samuel
Charters follows Ogbar's presentation. The afternoon's
events will be held in the Thomas J. Dodd Research
Center's Konover Auditorium.
At 6:30 p.m., the Charters will deliver a talk and
host a reception at Jorgensen Gallery. A concert by
blues guitarist Otis Rush, and guitar and harmonica duo
John Cephas and Phil Wiggins will follow in Jorgensen
Auditorium at 8 p.m.
Friday's symposium is hosted by the Institute
for African American Studies with support from the
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the music
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