Celebrate Black History Month at PPL

Celebrate Black History Month at PPL

A Narrated Concert with Dr. Clarice Thompson RESCHEDULED for Monday, March 2

PROVIDENCE, RI
– Providence Public Library (PPL) invites the public to a special, free concert (rescheduled from Feb. 9) as part of Black History Month celebrations at the Library.  PPL will welcome Dr. Clarice Laverne Thompson, founder and artistic director of RPM Voices of Rhode Island, who will present: A Narrated Concert – The Beauty of My Music: a Musical Journey from Blues to Gospel on Monday, March 2 from 7 – 8:30 pm in the Grand Hall (150 Empire St., Providence).

Dr. Thompson will perform music of the African American folk tradition, focusing on traditional gospel songs, spirituals and blues songs.
 
Clarice LaVerne Thompson, musicologist, founded RPM Voices of Rhode Island in 2003 with an active 65 plus singers. She also serves as minister of music and choir director at Bethel AME Church and gospel choir director at Beneficent Congregational Church both in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been a consultant for Providence Public School Department's Fine Arts program, and was resident Music Director at Rites and Reason Theatre for eight years while serving as an adjunct professor at Brown University. She has directed at the National Black Theatre in New York, and numerous other theatres in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and international venues in Japan.
 
Dr. Thompson received her Master of Music in music composition and her Doctor of Arts in music history both from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
 
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

(release from Providence Public Library)