Windsor Performance:
When: 4:00pm February 24th
Where: The Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W, Windsor, ON N9A 5P4

Amherstburg Performance
When: 6:30pm February 25th
Where: Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King St.

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Featuring music of black composers, Classical, Ragtime and Gospel. Irene Moore Davis discusses the influence of music on Windsor’s rich and diverse history. Join Detroit based violinist Velda Kelly and harpist Maurice Draughn* along with Windsor pianist Mike Karloff and Soprano Shahida Nurullah* to explore the fascinating lives and music of black composers from the 1700s to present including Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint George, William Grant Still, Shelton Brooks and Scott Joplin.

* Note: Maurice Draughn and Shahida Nurullah will only be playing on February 24th.

We are honoured to feature the following:

Irene Moore Davis
Born and raised in Windsor, Irene Moore Davis is President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society and fulfills committee roles with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Amherstburg Freedom Museum, BookFest Windsor, and other organizations. Irene was part of the writing and editorial team for African Canadian Roads to Freedom, resource manuals which help local Grade 1 through 12 teachers integrate Black history into their everyday curriculum; she was a historical consultant on the documentary The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth which aired on TVO in 2015; she has been interviewed for a number of history-focused documentaries; and she was one of several Canadian and U.S. historians to contribute chapters to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State University Press, 2016.) Currently, Irene is writing a book about the history of African-descended people in Windsor and Sandwich. She enjoys speaking about Black history to a wide variety of audiences. In her professional life, Irene is the manager responsible for Continuing Education and English language programs at St. Clair College, where she also teaches Underground Railroad history.
Maurice Draughn

is an experienced harpist and a versatile performer. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras and in performance with celebrated performers and artists across various genres. Maurice is also an arranger and composer of music for the harp including pieces for harp and voice, harp and choir, flute and harp as well as harp and strings. His arrangements and transcriptions are self-published through DtM Publications. He is currently a freelance harpist performing in orchestras throughout Southeastern Michigan and Western Ontario. Maurice performs regularly in solo and chamber recitals and as a studio harpist on several recording projects. He is a founding member of the Modern Harp Quartet and Second Avenue Harp Duo. In addition to teaching privately, Maurice is co-director of the Harp Instruction and Performance Program (H.I.P.P.) in Detroit.

Maurice began his harp studies at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI with Patricia Terry-Ross. He continued his studies with Mrs. Ross, earning a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Harp Performance and Teacher Certification in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University. Maurice completed two summers of study with Lucile Lawrence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He also earned a Master of Church Music with a concentration in Harp and Organ Performance from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he studied harp with Elaine Cook and Laura Byrne at the University of Louisville.

Michael Karloff
is a multi-talented pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and musical director based in Windsor. He performs regularly as both a collaborative pianist and jazz pianist. Michael frequently performs with The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Music Theatre, 4th Wall Music and Jazz at Mackenzie Hall. Recent performance credits include, An Evening With Renee Fleming (The Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra), Jazz: Swinging Through The Decades (The Heritage Room), Greatest Hits Live: 10 Year Anniversary Concert (as arranger and conductor), Elf The Musical (Windsor Light Music Theatre). Michael’s original compositions and arrangements have been performed by The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, at The Detroit Jazz Festival and in various concert settings in Windsor.
Michael is a faculty member and musical director in The Department of Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College. He also serves on the faculty in The School of Creative Arts at The University of Windsor as the instructor for jazz piano, jazz combos and advanced skills.
Shahida Nurullah

has a right to sing the blues. Considering she lost both her parents as a teenager, raised her brother when she was practically a child herself, and suffered debilitating injuries in an accident that nearly ended her life.She sings the blues so beautifully. She also sings jazz, samba, bossa nova, show tunes, and more. Her vocal talent surpasses the challenges of any music in the popular American songbook. Not to mention singing in three different languages. Her skill has wowed audiences from her native Detroit to New York to Paris to Amsterdam and further. When internationally lauded pianist Geri Allen created the band Open On All Sides, she chose Shahida to be her vocalist. When the band toured without the alto saxophonist from Allen’s critically acclaimed recording, “In the Middle,” Shahida sang the alto lines.

Shahida’s vocal talent has been praised in Downbeat magazine, the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and Finland’s Rytmi magazine, which included her name in a poll alongside such legends as Sarah Vaughan and fellow Detroiter Betty Carter. Like everything else, Shahida has been more than equal to the task, returning to the stage with a triumphant appearance at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and numerous southeast Michigan club appearances and even winning a starring role in a staging of the musical play “After Hours: Great Legends! Great Music!”

In spite of her challenges Shahida has maintained a beautiful spirit and joie de vivre. And she now carries some of the coolest canes that ever assisted the stroll and strut of anyone. Each of them has its own story. Shahida is a collector of Josephine Baker memorabilia, antiques, Tramp Art and editions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. In fact, her interest in book collecting led her to join the Book Club of Detroit, a group of bibliophiles — even serving a term as president of the organization. She also volunteers with ProLiteracy Detroit.

Shahida’s latest recording “The Ruby and the Pearl” is the culmination of a lifetime of music and incredible experiences. Its intimacy, detailed craft and joyful rendering serves as a tribute to great songs and her never-ending search for material equal to her vocal skills. She is indeed a lovely pearl adorning the musical firmament.

Velda Kelly

Violinist Velda Kelly has been teaching and performing in metropolitan Detroit since 1983. As the recipient of a Music Assistance Fund fellowship, Ms. Kelly played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for three years. She holds music degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where her violin teachers included Henry Meyer, Joseph Silverstein and Denes Zsigmondy. Ms. Kelly is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and also has an active chamber music career. She and MOT principal cellist Nadine Deleury co-founded and are the artistic directors of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. Velda regularly performs as an extra musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, has a large class of private violin students, and is on the faculty of Madonna University.
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