Gerald Clayton, Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation

Featuring René Marie

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage

with Logan Richardson, Tivon Pennicott, Dayna Stephens, Alan Hampton, Joe Sanders, Kendrick Scott, + Maurice Chestnut

Duke Performances, Modlin Center for the Arts, Savannah Music Festival, and Strathmore have commissioned The Piedmont Blues Project which is premiering in December 2016. The Piedmont Blues Project, directed by Christopher McElroen, features celebrated jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Gerald Clayton’s Piedmont blues-inspired compositions written for the Assembly — a hand-picked, top-tier, nine-piece jazz ensemble featuring the luminous singer René Marie and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.

Entwined with the music is an assemblage of projected film, new and archival photography, and the Southern folklore underscoring the verdant cultural landscape of the Piedmont region. Piedmont Blues will include performances by some of the last of the living original Piedmont Blues musicians: NEA National Heritage Fellow bluesman John Dee Holman, as well as Piedmont songsters Boo Hanks and Algia Mae Hinton.

Join the Modlin Center for the Arts at 6:30PM for the pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion with Gerald Clayton led by WCVE Jazz host Peter Solomon.  Location: Dominion Arts Center Donor Lounge

Modlin Center Members at the Partner Level and above are invited to a pre-show reception in the Dominion Arts Center Donor Lounge beginning at 6:30PM. 

Ticket Information
Modlin Center Subscriber (4+ Performances): $32 / $29/ $26
Adult: $40 / $36 / $32 UR Student: $12
Senior (62+): $34 / $31 / $28 UR Employee: $33 / $30 / $27
Child (0-12): $21 / $19 / $17 Group (20+): $34 / $31 / $28

This performance will take place at Dominion Arts Center’s Carpenter Theatre. Ticket prices for this event include a $2 per ticket restoration fee.


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