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Alumna Tami Lee Hughes's "The Legacy Show" Celebrates Music by African American Composers

April 17, 2017

Watch a video of highlights from Tami Lee Hughes's (BM, 1998, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) solo project The Legacy Show, a celebration of music by African American composers. Her collaborator is pianist Byron Burford-Phearse.

The Legacy Show is more than a concert, it is a musical, cultural, and historical journey. The show features classical music infused with a variety of styles, including spirituals, blues, Gospel, hip-hop, and jazz. Portraying cultural themes of the Antebellum Period, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Era, and Modern Times, the program binds music, spoken word, and imagery.

Poems and narratives by such writers as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, introduce each piece. A special component of the show is a tribute to African American women, particularly iconic female music artists. Hughes has performed on numerous recordings, including projects for Grammy award-winning artists Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Aretha Franklin, and live in concert with Smokey Robinson.

Since making her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Hughes has extensively toured the United States, Europe, and Central America, giving her rendition of the story and music of African-American composers. In addition to performing, Hughes is an active teacher and advocate for music outreach. She has taught at the University of Kansas, Marygrove College, Interlochen, and the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts.