Raymond Jackson, world-renowned concert pianist and professor of music at Howard University, will lecture and perform on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m., in the Villard Room, Main Building, at Vassar College. The program, "Piano Music of Black Composers," is presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council and the Vassar College Program in Africana Studies. It is free and open to the public.
Jackson has led a life dedicated to music. He has performed around the world with symphony orchestras and as a solo artist. Jackson has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Marguerite Long International Piano Concour in Paris, the Tenth International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, the National Association of Negro Musicians Piano Competition, and the JUGG, Inc. New York Town Hall Debut Award. He was the first African-American, first musician, and youngest person from his native state elected into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
"Surely there are many people who come to a performance to be entertained, to hear something that is beautiful or perhaps exciting or different. But the ultimate aim in my thought is to bring a message that inspires the mind, heals the heart and elevates the soul," Jackson said.
A daytime performance for school groups is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 1. Reservations are necessary for this performance. For more information about school groups or to make a reservation, call Mary Koniz Arnold at the Dutchess County Arts Council, (845) 454-3222.
For more information about the evening lecture and recital, call the Vassar College Program in Africana Studies at (845) 437-7490. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.