TERRE HAUTE -- The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will perform, "The Gift," a concert celebrating Black History Month through music Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m., in the Cecilian Auditorium at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Jeff D. Lorick, Director of the Terre Haute Human Relations Commission, will be the narrator/emcee for the program.
Lorick has served as Director of the Human Relations Commission since 2007, and is a liaison between the citizens of Terre Haute, the business community and local, state and federal agencies.
He also serves on the President's Council for Diversity at Indiana State University, Ivy Tech College Council of Diversity, the Business Leadership Network and the Community Reinvestment Board of the Federal Prison.
Lorick is also the President of the Board of Arts Illiana.
The music selected for the concert features musical works of black composers and entertainers.
The first modern successful Broadway show was, "Shuffle Along," which opened in 1921.
It was the first show that had a storybook line and music with singing and dancing. "Shuffle Along" was also the first show written, produced, directed and performed by Black Americans.
Dixieland is the earliest style of jazz and was developed around the beginning of the 20th Century in New Orleans. The orchestra will perform, "The Original Dixieland Concerto," arranged by Johnnie Warrington. Featured performers are L. Edward Harbour and Jan Weber on clarinets, Steve Steppe on cornet, Bill Heinrich on trombone, Doris Pell on piano, Jeff Parkinson on drums and Julia Ford on string bass.
The orchestra will also perform a medley of Motown hits called, "Motown Forever," which includes "My Girl," "Stop! In The Name of Love," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," and "I'll Be There," all written by Smokey Robinson. The orchestra will perform a medley of Duke Ellington's greatest hits, arranged by Calvin Custer. In addition, the orchestra will perform, "Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong."
James N. Chesterson, music director of the Sinfonietta, noted that the playlist also includes, "Ol' Man River," "Stormy Weather," "Summertime," and "Three Times a Lady."
Tickets will be available at the door and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 10-under will be admitted free.