The Langston Hughes Project: February 12 & 13
Arts Discovery Educational Series presents

The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama (12 Moods for Jazz)

Monday, February 12 & Tuesday, February 13 | 11:20AM

A multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” By way of videography, this concert performance by Dr. Ron McCurdy links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of “Ask Your Mama’s” people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired or collaborated with most closely over the course of his career.

Together the words, sounds, and images recreate a magical moment in our cultural history, which bridges the Harlem Renaissance, the post World War II Beat writers’ coffeehouse jazz poetry world, and the looming Black Arts performance explosion of the 1960s.
 
Grades: 4–12

Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Performance Art

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