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Guest artist to present ‘Heard But Not Seen — The African American Voice: A Musical Landscape’

Guest artist Daniel Washington visits Marshall University this month to present a concert, “Heard But Not Seen — The African American Voice: A Musical Landscape,” as well as teaching a master class and leading an artist talk. His visit is part of the Birke Fine Arts Symposium, a university-wide celebration of art featuring the theme “Making the Unseen Visible.” Artists present musical performances and works in theatre and dance, as well as lectures, literary readings and gallery exhibitions, as part of the symposium.

Washington is a bass-baritone and tenured professor of voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His “Heard But Not Seen” concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Smith Recital Hall. He will be joined by Marshall faculty members Dr. Carline Waugh and Dr. Alexander Lee; Sara Lee; and the MU Chamber Choir, led by Dr. David Castleberry, and the University Chorus, directed by Dr. Briana Nannen. A reception will follow, and the event is free and open to all.

“This concert is an exciting, heartfelt and moving vocal presentation of art songs and spirituals by African American composers,” said Waugh, an assistant professor of voice at Marshall. “While these works are sometimes overlooked within the canon, they speak to audiences across the American landscape.”

Washington also will present a vocal master class at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Smith Recital Hall and will lead an artist talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Smith Recital Hall.

The visit is sponsored by the School of Music in the College of Arts and Media and the Birke Fine Arts Symposium Endowment, with support from the Joan C. Edwards Professorship Award.