Lecture highlights impact of African-American composers – Luther College Chips

Forrest Stewart, Staff Writer

Alumni Guest Lecturer in Music Evan Mitchell (’14) gave a lecture examining the lives and works of notable African-American classical music composers on March 20.

The lecture occurred jointly with a meeting of the diversity council which was open to all members of the public and sponsored by the Luther College Diversity Center. Mitchell’s presentation focused primarily on three African-American composers from the 20th century and featured student performances of musical pieces by each composer.

Mitchell said his decision to lecture on the topic came about from his own frustration about the overrepresentation of a relatively small group of well-known composers in both professional and collegiate musical repertoires.

“I wanted to find more music…

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