Contributions Of Black People To Classical Music Subject of Talk In NY
Brooklyn, NY ---- Ethnomusicologist Curtis Finney will
discuss “Pink Elephants and Black Holes: A Look at How Black People
Have Been, and Are, Involved in Classical Music” on Wednesday, April
14, 1 p.m. in the Atrium Building, Room 632 at New York City College of
Technology (City Tech) 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn.
The public is invited to this free event. For more information, e-mail
Hazel Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.260.5205.
Finney is an emeritus professor at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of
Music. He has taught music in the public schools and has conducted
liturgical masterworks in and around Central New York. He has also
served as adjudicator in choral festivals and competitions. He studied
ethnomusicology at Columbia University, specializing in African music
and conducting field research and studies in Senegal, Ghana, and
Since Finney’s retirement from Crane, he has become associated with
the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago, and
is researching and lecturing on the contributions of Black people to
This event is sponsored by City Tech’s Department of African American
Studies and has been made possible through “Speakers in the
Humanities,” a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.
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support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York
State Legislature, and through funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas
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