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A major American artist of the mid-20th century, Hazel Scott was best-known as a virtuosic jazz pianist—a celebrated presence on stage, on records, in movies, and later, on television. But she was also an exceptional classical musician, at a time when classical artists of color had few opportunities to perform. In this recital, the second concert in our 2021/22 Hazel Scott “centenary-plus-one” salute, pianist Michelle Cann pays tribute to Scott and to other female, Black, classically trained pianists and composers of Scott’s time, including Florence Price and Margaret Bonds—all of whom incorporated Black culture into their classical works. A newly announced recipient of a 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Cann has been hailed as “a compelling, sparkling virtuoso” by the Boston Music Intelligencer. She will also be joined on stage by special guests in dialogue about Hazel Scott.

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Washington Performing Arts’s Hazel Scott 101st Birthday Celebration is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Lydia Micheaux Marshall.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.

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