Composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran reflects on the legacy of a hero of Black music in a multidisciplinary program entitled James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin.
An iconic figure in the evolution of African American music, ragtime pioneer and World War I hero, James Reese Europe led a crack military ensemble called the Harlem Hellfighters. In addition to their achievements in combat, Europe and his Hellfighters popularized the new spirit of jazz in a war-torn French nation fascinated with Black culture. And that’s only the beginning of their story-- their legacy has had an extraordinary impact on African American music over the past century of cultural and political change.
This concert is made possible by the Amherst College Department of Music, the Music at Amherst Series and the Presidential Scholars program.
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning Sept. 9. Seating is by general admission.