Songs of the underground railway and beyond

The Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund presents a concert performance by the celebrated Nathaniel Dett Chorale in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The free concert will take place on Monday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 2:30pm in the Burton Auditorium, Keele Campus.

Conducted by Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, founder, artistic director and conductor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, the chorale will perform a selection of Afrocentric music. The concert program will feature a diverse line-up including performances of Go Tell It On The Mountain, Mary Had a Baby, Ave Maria, Deep River, Drinkin’ of the Wine, Let Us Cheer The Weary Traveler and This Little Light of Mine.


Above: The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles including classical, spirtual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The chorale provides a forum for promoting the public awareness of, and interest in, original works of Afrocentric composers, past, present and future. Twenty-one classically trained musicians make up the chorale.

The group was the winner of the 2003 Gemini Award (Canada Prize) and the Galaxy Prize (awarded by private Canadian cable companies) for the Best Hour Entertainment Program of 2003 for the film “Carry Me Home: The Story and Music of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale”.

For more information, click here or call ext. 55727. The event is organized and sponsored by the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund, Faculty of Fine Arts (Office of the Dean) and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies (Offices of the Dean and Master) with the cooperation of the York Faculty of Education and the Toronto District School Board.

About the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund Lecture

The annual lecture, organized by the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund and York’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, features outstanding individuals presenting on a variety of topical subjects, as well as a variety of cultural events to the University. It was established in honour of Atkinson sociology Professor Kitty Lundy, who was killed in a car accident approximately 15 years ago. The mandate of the memorial fund is to bring to campus scholarly and cultural presentations, especially on topics of interest to mature students and women.