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'The Langston Hughes Project' comes to Ohio University Nov. 2
Multimedia performance incorporates images, spoken word and live music

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2006) -- The Langston Hughes Project ? "Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz" will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. This event is free to the public.

The production is described as "a masterwork written in twelve-parts by Hughes in the early 1960s. [It] is Langston Hughes at his best -- insightful, wise, poignant, funny and soulful -- brought to life in a multimedia production."

The audience experiences the mood of the Harlem Renaissance in this 800-line suite of poems illustrated by the spoken word, accompanied by a live jazz quartet and a large-as-life slide presentation of visual illustrations of Hughes' world through his collaborators and contemporaries.... This multimedia presentation recreates Hughes's vision of the global struggle for freedom in the early 1960's. African-American artists and photographers, including Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks and Romare Bearden, link words and music to a kaleidoscopic collection of images. 

Music director and composer Ron McCurdy orchestrates the original musical based on the music cues suggested by Langston Hughes. McCurdy is chair of the jazz department and professor of music at the University of Southern California.

This event is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board with partial funding from the Student Activities Commission.

For more information about the performance, please contact BSCPB Public Relations Coordinator Erial Ramsey at 216-233-7664 or er937903@ohio.edu.

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