Alcyon ushers in Black History Month

January 19, 2010


WINCHESTER — Winchester’s Alcyon Chamber Ensemble ushers in Black History Month with a
children’s concert of music for string quartet. The concert, entitled “Making History” takes place on
Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 pm at Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street, Winchester, MA. The
program features premieres by three area African-American composers, Julius P. Williams, Jonathan
Holland and Serena Creary.

Mr. Williams, noted conductor, composer, recording artist, educator and author is a professor at Berklee
College of Music. He was born in Bronx, NY and graduated from the High School for the performing
arts in New York City. He began playing the drums when he was eight years old, adding violin, clarinet
and keyboards as he became older. By the time he was 20, he was recording with 5th Diminsion. His
composition, written for the Alcyon String Quartet’s celebration of Black History Month 2010, is
entitled “Black Symbols in the Sand.” Mr. Williams likens it to “writings in the sand of life.”

Mr. Holland’s work “Meditation” is a newly-created arrangement of his “Etudes for Brass and Strings,”
originally written for Cleveland Orchestra youth concerts. He describes it as “representing calmness”
and “floating,” manifested by constantly rising notes with slowly shifting chords above them. Mr.
Holland is a prolific composer, wth commissions from diverse performing organizations and residencies
throughout the country.

Ms. Creary is currently a student at Natick’s Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Also a prolific composer,
her latest piece is for string quartet and narrator. The piece is entitled “Thomas and His Imagination” and
is a charming story about a young lad who learns to trust his imaginings.

Performers will include Shufang Du and Randy Hiller, violins; Joan Ellersick, viola; Shannon Snapp,
cello; and Serena Creary, narrator.

The concert, billed as a children’s concert, will be about 30 minutes in length for young listeners and
their families. Following the concert, children will be able to try out a string instrument, courtesy of
Johnson String Instruments, Newton, MA. In addition, children’s literature about music and Black
History will be on hand for perusal.

The concert will be repeated on February 6 at 10:30 am at the Class of 1959 Chapel on the Harvard
Business School campus in Boston, and on February 21 at 3:00 pm at Creative Arts in Reading.
Admission to all performances is free of charge.

EVENT: “Making History,” a musical celebration of Black History Month, featuring three premieres
by Julius P. Williams, Jonathan Holland and Serena Creary.

DATE: January 31 at 2:00 pm (also February 6 at 10:30 am and February 21 at 3:00 pm).

LOCATION: Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street, Winchester (Also Harvard Business School,
Boston and Creative Arts, Reading).

INFORMATION: 781-721-7725