School of Music to Sponsor Multicultural Music Festival


Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

"Culture Link," a two-day celebration of multicultural music sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Music, will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, in the third-floor auditorium at the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca.

The festival includes performances by a steel drum band, a klezmer ensemble, African drummers, Irish percussionists, and various choirs. Jeremy Schlegel, a junior in the School of Music, organized the festival.

All events are free and open to the public. The CSMA is located at 330 E. State St.

The complete schedule:

Friday, February 27

  • 5:00 p.m. -- Performance by the Ithaca Children's Chorus Choraliers, directed by Verna Brummett, associate professor of music education
  • 6:00 p.m. -- "Egyptian Music and Culture," a lecture by Verna Brummett, associate professor of music education
  • 7:00 p.m. -- African drumming workshop presented by Bernard Woma, one of Ghana's foremost musicians, with a performance to follow
  • 8:15 p.m. -- Concert by the Ithaca College Klezmer Ensemble, the Ithaca College Steel Drum Band, and the multicultural choir Voices, under the direction of College faculty members Peter Rothbart and Baruch Whitehead
  • Saturday, February 28
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Concert by the Djembe Ensemble, directed by Baruch Whitehead, assistant professor of music education
  • 5:15 p.m. -- Workshop and performance of traditional Irish music and culture presented by percussionist and School of Music graduate Laura Bilodeau, with a performance to follow
  • 6:15 p.m. -- "Building Bridges through Multicultural Music," a lecture by Janet Galván, professor of music education
  • 7:00 p.m. -- Closing concert by the Ithaca Children's Choir and Ithaca College Chorus, conducted by Janet Galván, professor of music education
  • For more information about the festival, e-mail Jeremy Schlegel at For more information on the 300 yearly concerts offered by the School of Music concerts, call (607) 274-3717 or visit

    Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck