Beyond Classical

Beyond Classical
February 20, 2020 paperlesslion
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Grammy nominee violinist Jannina Barefield Norpoth returns to her hometown Detroit to lead a dynamic ensemble of string musicians for the Palmer Woods Music in Homes “Beyond Classical”  concert honoring Black History Month on Feb. 29. Longtime musical collaborator and fellow Sphinx Music alumni violist Jason Amos joins her, with others near to her soul — her father and internationally renowned guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield, and her husband, bassist John-Paul Norpoth.

The concert program features chamber music works that highlight the legacy of Black Composers in America and beyond. Composers featured include Jessie Montgomery, Frederick C. Tillis, Andres Martin and  A. Spencer Barefield.

The Palmer Woods Music in Homes evening includes dinner and light refreshments, in addition to the concert performance, for ticket holders. The address of the home is revealed when tickets are purchased. Click here for tickets and complete information.

Details from PWMIH:

“Beyond Classical” will celebrate Black History Month with chamber music that highlights the legacy of Black Composers in America and beyond, including works by giants of past centuries, as well as trailblazing contemporary composers. Composers featured will include  Jessie Montgomery, Frederick C. Tillis, Andres Martin, and a world premiere of a new composition by A. Spencer Barefield commissioned with the support of the Knight Foundation. The concert home is an historic 1927 Tudor owned by Detroit collectors of fine African American artwork, which fills the home.

Palmer Woods Music in Homes celebrates its 13th season of presenting jazz, classical, blues and world music in historic homes, featuring concerts each month with a wide array of extraordinary musicians who have strong links to Detroit. The performances take place in a different historic home, mansion, garden, or Log Cabin (yes, the Palmer Park Log Cabin will host the final concerts on June 27!). Locally-crafted meals, often reflecting the theme of the concert, are included with all concerts, and architecture, history and art also take a central focus at all events.

Tickets, $50-60, can be purchased at: palmerwoodsmusicinhomes202 or by calling 313-891-2514. The address and directions are provided to ticket holders.

The ensemble will also perform a free educational concert for children from 5-6 pm on Feb 29. Info and tickets at palmerwoodsconcertsforyouth202

About the musicians

Jannina Norpoth is a member of Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet (PQ), the 2016-17 Artists-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chamber Music America’s 2019 Visionary Artists. She made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14 and since then has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist, performer, arranger and educator. She has been featured alongside acclaimed musicians James Carter, Nadia Sirota, Regina Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Jay – Z, Beyoncé, Pharell, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, My Brightest Diamond, and many others. With PQ, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Gallery, the Detroit Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and throughout the U.S.

Jason Amos has served as violist of the Boston Public Quartet and resident musician at musiConnects, a non-profit which provides free instruments and comprehensive music education to underserved children in Boston since 2010. He is a also a faculty member at Project STEP, an intensive training program for minority string players. He has appeared as soloist with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and formerly played with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, among others. His extensive international engagements have included acclaimed chamber music performances, a residency at The Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and mentoring for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Jason and Jannina have performed internationally and are members of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, the artistic director of Music in Homes, is “an extraordinary guitarist/composer” according to JazzTimes. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. with legends Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, James Carter, and Richard Davis, to name a few. He also performed extensively with Reggie Workman, David Murray, Regina Carter and many others. A Kresge Arts Fellow, and recipient of numerous grants for composing, he recently was awarded support from the prestigious Knight Foundation. He will organize and present a series of concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wright Museum of African American History and Michigan Opera Theatre over the next two years, paying tribute to the 13-year concert series he founded and directed from 1979-92 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

John-Paul Norpoth has performed with many great jazz, classical, and avant garde music stars, including Pauline Kim Harris, Tyshawn Sorey, Bang-on-a-Can, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and numerous orchestras and chamber groups. He is currently a music doctoral candidate at Stony Brook College in New York.

Click here to read more about the concert series.

Presented by Palmer Woods Association & Creative Arts Collective with support from Be Well Medical Center, Mario Morrow & Associates, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Barefield DesignWorks, Blossoms Birmingham & Detroit, and WRCJ 90.9 FM.