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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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This performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet.

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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, and Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet.

Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

This is one of eleven 2021/22 Season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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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