Arts and Lecture Series Offers Variety of Programs

January 27, 2012

Paintings by international artist Chidi Ozieh will be on view in Biddle Hall Gallery from March 8-30

Paintings by international artist Chidi Ozieh will be on view in Biddle Hall Gallery from March 8-30

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will host celebrated musicians, artists and writers in its 2011-2012 Arts and Lecture Series.

Committed, winner of NBC'S "The Sing Off," will perform at 7 PM March 1, 2012 in the Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University.  This all-male group was founded in 2003 by four high school students at Forest Lake Academy. The group stayed together as they progressed to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama (birthplace of a cappella greats Take 6). A versatile a cappella act, Committed infuses R&B, pop, gospel/soul, jazz, and doo-wop into their music. Known for their powerful lead vocals, soaring harmonies, and booming bass lines, Committed uses its unique musical sound to minister to audiences of all kinds.  They clenched the “Sing Off” competition with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Hold My Hand” in December 2010.

An exhibition of paintings by artist Chidi Ozieh at the Biddle Hall Gallery at Cheyney University opens on Thursday, March 8, 4 – 6 PM. Chidi Ozieh has focused on music and drawing since his childhood. Initially painting with acrylics on linen canvas, and progressing to oils, Ozieh’s painting style includes the Neo Mannerist style pioneered by the late Ernie Barnes.  Raised in both Nigeria and England, Ozieh has travelled extensively. He began his art career in 2006 in London, and has since moved his studio to the United States. Chidi Ozieh holds dual bachelor degrees in Music and Art from Thames Valley University, England.  Ozieh’s work is represented in prominent art collections in Europe and North America. The exhibition continues through March 30. Gallery Hours are Monday and Wednesday 10:30 – 1:30 and by appointment by calling 610-399-2334.

Critically acclaimed and Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Ravi Coltrane will perform at the Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University at 7 PM on Thursday April 19, 2012.   Named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. He was raised in Los Angeles and as a young man he initially played clarinet, switching to saxophone in high school. He continued his studies at California Institute of the Arts. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman with many jazz luminaries, recorded noteworthy albums, overseen important jazz reissues, and founded the prominent independent record label, RKM. Ravi's credits include recording as a sideman on more than thirty recordings.He frequently tours the world with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, a dynamic band whose members include pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. 

The Arts and Lecture Series provides an array of programs for the Cheyney University community and campus guests.  The series is intended to further enrich the cultural experience on campus.  The Arts and Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).

All Cheyney University faculty, staff, and students have free admission with ID to all of the events. Guests are welcome, and tickets are available for purchase.  Please click on the Calendar to see the many exciting events. General admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance through Ticketleap on the University's website -