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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Atlanta, GA) (January 22, 2020) — The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) announces a month-long concert series showcasing the music of the African diaspora. AMP is committed to celebrating the vast contributions to music by Africans and the descendants of enslaved Africans around the world, bringing together tradition and history with its modern-day influence and cultural relevance.
The concert series comprises seven free performances, featuring works made popular by composers, arrangers, and artists from Africa and the African diaspora. Pieces to be performed include Shosholoza an Nguni song from South Africa, The Battle of Jericho a spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan, and Alegre by Cuban composer Tania León. In addition, music of the classical genre written by composers of African descent such as Joseph Boulogne (also known as The Black Mozart) and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will be performed.
“AMP programming is based in a historically African-American community and the vast majority of our young musicians are African-American,” said Chief Program Officer, Aisha Moody. “All of AMP’s young musicians especially enjoy this series of concerts because it celebrates the beauty and diversity of African diasporic music and culture.”
Atlanta Music Project “Music of the African Diaspora” Concert Series
February 2 – AMP Academy Recitals
Young musicians from the AMP Academy perform solos accompanied by piano
Winds & Percussion Recital
12:00 pm AMP Center for Performance & Education
Beginner & Intermediate Voice Recital
1:15 pm AMP Center for Performance & Education
Intermediate & Advanced Voice Recital
2:30 pm AMP Center for Performance & Education
Beginner & Intermediate String Recital
3:45 pm AMP Center for Performance & Education
Intermediate & Advanced String Recital
5:00 pmAMP Center for Performance & Education
February 22 – AMP Youth Orchestras
AMP Junior & Senior Youth Choirs sponsored by Cricket Wireless
4:00 pm Sylvan Hills Middle School
February 29 – AMP Youth Choirs
AMP Junior & Senior Youth Orchestras sponsored by Cricket Wireless
4:00 pm Sylvan Hills Middle School
The mission of the Atlanta Music Project is to empower underserved youth to realize their possibilities through music. AMP believes the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity, and ambition, character traits that can be applied to one’s academic, professional and personal endeavors. The 2019-2020 school year is the Atlanta Music Project’s tenth consecutive year of programming, during which 350 children will be served across six program sites.
About the Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project is a non-profit organization providing more than 5,000 hours annually of intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Now serving 350 students through eight programs, AMP provides all its students with an instrument, a teaching artist, and classes in band, orchestra, and choir. In addition to four after-school learning sites, AMP’s program includes the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school; and the AMP Youth Choirs & Orchestras.
AMP music ensembles perform more than 50 concerts annually, performing in venues all across Atlanta, from community centers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMP music ensembles have performed alongside international stars such as the Harlem Quartet, electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Alison Buchanan, and R&B singer Monica. AMP musicians can be seen performing with rapper T.I. on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. AMP’s young musicians have successfully auditioned for Georgia All-State ensembles, and have concertized as far away as Los Angeles, Aspen, and Mexico City.
AMP is based in the Capitol View neighborhood at the Atlanta Music Project Center for Performance & Education. AMP is a 2018 winner of Emory University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. In 2016 and 2017 the White House named AMP one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the nation.