B-CU students to trace musical roots at Daytona Beach library Jan. 18
Join Bethune-Cookman University music students on a journey tracing the “Impact of our musical roots” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Using a combination of narration and musical performance, the students, under the direction of Choral Studies Director Damon Dandridge, will trace the 200-year history of African-American music from the cotton fields to the civil rights movement. They’ll begin with spirituals, then move on to gospel music, soul music and the unifying songs of Motown during the civil rights era.

B-CU lecturer and artist-in-residence Curtis Rayam Jr. will be a featured soloist, singing a selection of spirituals. Other solos will be performed by students Marquis Thompkins, baritone; Courtney James, mezzo-soprano; Kaitlin Beil, soprano; and Parris Lewis, soprano. The musical numbers will be accompanied by Dr. Rose Grace, assistant professor of piano at the university.

This concert is part of the library’s Connecting with the Community Series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

Throughout 2014, the library will sponsor book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The grant will continue into 2015, when the programming emphasis will change to contemporary issues. All Connecting with the Community programs are co-funded by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


County Chair to speak to Rotary Club
Volusia County Chair Jason Davis will discuss county issues and projects at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City. The meeting will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the DeBary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive, DeBary.

Patricia Northey, District 5 representative to the Volusia County Council, also will attend the meeting.



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