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February 2, 1999
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Hopkins Performance to Commemorate Black History Month

Darin Atwater, composer, pianist and conductor, and Kishna Davis, a 1996 Baltimore Opera Competition winner, will give a performance, "Commemorating Black History Month: A Musical Tribute," at noon on Wed., Feb. 17, in Shriver Hall on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., in Baltimore.

A Maryland native, Kishna Davis holds a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University and a master's from the Juilliard School. She recently made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and has been re-engaged for the 1999-2000 season. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the Baltimore Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra and as "Clara" in the National Symphony Orchestra's production of Porgy and Bess conducted by Bobby McFerrin. Her upcoming performances include the national Duke Ellington Celebration.

Darin Atwater made his orchestral debut as both composer and pianist with the National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was accompanist for Kathleen Battle at the re-opening of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and was keyboardist for Wynton Marsalis and Stevie Wonder. Atwater studied conducting with Nathan Carter at Morgan State University, composition at the Peabody Institute and with John Corigliano at the Juilliard School of Music.

Atwater and Davis will focus on spirituals, gospel and other musical pieces within African and African-American roots. The concert is part of the university's observance of Black History Month titled "African Heritage: A Foundation for Our Modern-Day Presence." It is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events. Admission is free. For further information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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