Mount Mercy hosts "Music of Change" concert

Saxophone Artist Ray Blue will perform a special celebratory concert titled “Music of Change” on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Stello Performance Hall, Warde Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 

“Music of Change” is a historical, educational, and entertaining experience designed to tell the story of the social developments of the African American community through its music, the spoken word, and authentic images. While the developments of America and its African American community are far from over, the “Music of Change” concert takes a moment to understand and celebrate just how far this country and this community have come.

Saxophonist Ray Blue has a sound and style that is energetic, powerful, and sensitive. Blue has played in jazz, blues and R&B bands on the New York scene and learned from veteran musicians in a variety of contexts. He honed his skills as a saxophonist, composer and leader by performing in clubs, concerts, at festivals and while recording with bands for Columbia Records, RCA Records and several independent record labels.

In addition to his work as a musician, Blue is also an educator and clinician, consulting at colleges, universities, schools and communities around the world. He is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a performance and educational organization that promotes jazz in educational and community institutions.

The “Music of Change” concert is sponsored by Mount Mercy College and the African American Museum of Iowa.

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