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"The Rebirth of Cool: An Evening of Floetic Proportions"

Saint Xavier University's Black Student Union hosts event

Chicago (March 27, 2006) – Artistic expressions of African-American culture dating back to the Harlem Renaissance will be featured at “The Rebirth of Cool: An Evening of Floetic Proportions” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Sponsored by Saint Xavier University’s Black Student Union: Progeny, the event explores the Harlem Renaissance’s influence on American music and culture while infusing it with contemporary sounds.

“It was the first time that the musical and literary expressions of African-Americans were articulated in a fashion that transcended the racial barriers of America,” said Antoine Clark, president of the Black Student Union: Progeny.

“African-American music has served as a musical score to the Roaring Twenties, and to commemorate this time we will reintroduce classical jazz and complement it with modernized genres of soul, rhythm and blues, and spoken word, while exploring the many themes that are conveyed in romantic relationships,” Clark said.

“This event celebrates diversity by illustrating the likenesses that all cultures have in dealing with relationships while also celebrating African-American heritage,” he said.  

Admission is $5. For more information, please contact David Bell, assistant professor of Education at Saint Xavier University, at (773) 298-3881.

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