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#FERGUSON, and Other Works by David Patterson

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Event Date: October 21, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: University Hall, 1st Floor, University Hall Recital Hall

#FERGUSON

And other works by Dr. David Patterson of UMass Boston to be performed in a free concert.

October 21, 7:30 p.m. at University Hall Recital Hall, UMass Boston

UMass Boston’s Performing Arts Department presents a special performance of #FERGUSON, a new piano composition by Professor David Patterson. A native of Ferguson, MO, and graduate of Ferguson High School, Patterson’s musical reflection contemplates his own upbringing with what he calls “a wellspring of hope” that emerged the vigils that followed the events of the summer of 2014.

#FERGUSON, and other works by Patterson, will be performed at a FREE concert on October 21, 7:30 p.m., at UMass Boston’s University Hall. The recently completed building features a stellar 150-seat recital hall. Janice Weber, a member of the piano faculty at the Boston Conservatory and MIT, will perform the piece. UMass Boston faculty member Chaerin Kim (harp), and students Jacsonn Jean (baritone) and Julia Nelson (soprano), will also perform.

Following the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, the community became the focus of national attention on issues of race, law enforcement, and protests. Patterson, now of Watertown, followed it closely at first bewildered that this could be “my Ferguson.” As events unfolded, beginning in those first days through to today, he found greater inspiration in the church vigils that transformed “Hands up, don’t shoot!” to “Hands up, let’s pray.” 

“The suite moves from home to school to church, glimpses of what I did most of the time while growing up: practicing the piano, learning about Bach to Bartok at school and playing for my mother's Sunday school classes at the Presbyterian Church,” Patterson said.

“Fast-forwarding to the ‘now, after a cataclysmic scene, the music describes the dreaming, stumbling, and determined steps tracing the tune ‘We shall overcome someday,’ emphasize the someday. The Finale ‘Hands Up, Let's Pray’ is an anthem of entreaty, supplication, appeal. More than anything, it’s about hope.” 

#FERGUSON was first performed on September 12 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an event that coincided with Patterson’s high school reunion, Class of ’59.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.