2012-2013 Arts and Lecture Series Opens on September 18

September 10, 2012

The 2012-2013 Schedule for the Arts and Lecture Series at Cheyney University features ten programs with a variety of speakers, musicians, singers and dancers from many continents and disciplines. All programs are held on the Cheyney University Campus and are open to the public.

The 2012-2013 Schedule for the Arts and Lecture Series at Cheyney University features ten programs with a variety of speakers, musicians, singers and dancers from many continents and disciplines. All programs are held on the Cheyney University Campus and are open to the public.   The Arts & Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).

The first program of the series, Black Violin, is set for September 18th. Black Violin brings out a different take on how jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical music are played. This show is not to be missed - Black Violin duo Kev Marcus and Wil B  put a different twist on the most popular songs. All concerts are open to the public and many are free of charge. Please visit for ticket details.

Black Violin - Tuesday, September 18, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.
Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, Black Violin (Kev Marcus   plays the violin and Wil B plays the viola), two classically trained violinists and their DJ, are redefining the music world- one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare, a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel! Admission is free.

Lateefah Simon, Speaker - Wednesday, September 26, Logan Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.

At age 19, Lateefah Simon was appointed Executive Director of the Center for Young Women’s Development in San Francisco, an organization that helps low-income, formerly incarcerated young women transform and rebuild their lives.  She has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.  She has spoken at the United Nations, before the United States Senate, and at numerous trainings around the country. Admission is free.

Awadagin Pratt, piano - Tuesday, October 2, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. A great favorite for college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, he became the first student in the history of the Peabody Conservatory of Music schools to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. Tickets available for purchase.
Three Mo’ Tenors - Saturday, October 13, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

The tenors of THREE MO’ TENORS have developed a musical repertoire with astonishing breadth. Like Olympic decathlon athletes, these classically trained, multi-talented operatic tenors can do it all!  They have mastered not only operatic music, but also jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals, New School, Broadway, and the blues. Tickets available for purchase.

anonymous bodies- Thursday, November 15, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

Drawing upon the traditions of visual art, post-modern dance, site-specific study, conceptual and performance arts, audience participation and public spectacle, anonymous bodies co-directors have won numerous awards, including a 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival LAB Fellowship and a 2007 Pew Fellowship in Choreography.  Known for their creative use of ordinary space, anonymous bodies "has a gift for making pockets of space feel infinite. Wild imagination ruled.” (The New York Times). Tickets available for purchase.

Artist in Residence: Wendell George Brown
Exhibit: Tracing Stitches: Exploring a National Treasure - February 7-March 30, Biddle Art Gallery

Wendell George Brown’s works have been exhibited at The American Folk Art Museum in New York; Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts; The International Quilt Show in Yokahama, Japan. This exhibit will highlight Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in a historical context with ideas focusing on survival and triumph in the face of racism and alienation. Gallery admission is free.

Dr. Terry Rodenberg, Speaker, The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball
… The Rest of the Story - Wednesday, February 27, Logan Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Terry Rodenberg retired from Western Illinois University in 2010, where he served as a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for International Studies for three years. He previously served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of International Affairs at East Carolina University (2005-2007) and as Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of International Studies at Central Missouri State University (1972-2005).  Dr. Rodenberg’s research into the Negro League culminates in its impact on baseball today. Admission is free.

This Little Light of Mine, performed by Adrienne Danrich, soprano, Djorge Nesic, piano - Tuesday, March 5, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

Written by Adrienne Danrich under a commission from the Cincinnati Opera, This Little Light of Mine is an inventive one-woman musical tribute honoring the ground breaking careers of two African-American opera legends who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement to become international opera stars. Ms. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Ms. Price would take that torch and carry it to The Metropolitan Opera and the most prestigious opera houses around the world. Tickets available for purchase.

Unbinding our Lives, performed by actress Christiana Chan - Wednesday, March 27, Dudley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Christina R. Chan is an actor and playwright whose work focuses on Asian-American women and immigration issues. In her solo performance, Unbinding Our Lives, she portrays three real Chinese American women from China in the 1800s and their personal stories of being sold into slavery, prostitution, and abandonment in the streets of China thus shattering the exotic, subservient, China doll image.Tickets available for purchase.

Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus, performed by Kùlú Mèlé African American Dance & Drum Ensemble - Thursday, April 25, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1969 by master drummer Baba Robert Crowder, Kùlú Mèlé presents and preserves African dance traditions rooted in the cultures of the African diaspora. Led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie for more than 20 years, its repertoire draws upon the music and movement forms of Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and the Senegambia region, as well as African-American vernacular traditions. Tickets available for purchase.

Ticket information:
• Unless activities are denoted as free, ticketed programs cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students.
• Tickets are available at
• Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.
• Tickets will not be sold at the door. 
• Doors open 30 minutes before the event and parking is free.
• For more information, call (610)399-2365.
• The Arts and Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant