Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
Beninese Afro-pop spitfire Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. She's collaborated with Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Bono, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga, and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Kidjo travels the world to inspire and empower.
Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by Bode Omojola, Five College Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College, 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
Activism through Music
Wednesday, October 29, 6–7 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Conversation with Angélique Kidjo moderated by Bode Omojola
Angélique Kidjo’s expansive career had been marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa. Join us as Ms. Kidjo discusses the importance of her advocacy work and the role her music has played to advance social causes. Presented in conjunction with the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series .
Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.