Arturo O'Farrill Preconcert Lecture

Friday, February 2, 2018, 6:45pm

Education Center


Arturo O'Farrill Preconcert Panel Discussion: 
Jazz & The American Conscience

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's cross-discipline collaboration between a Cuban composer of Afro-Latin jazz and an African-American spoken-word artist and scholar is a powerful example of how jazz and jazz fusion offer an ideal vehicle for giving voice to the American moral and social conscience, and calling out wrongs in our society. Jazz is uniquely suited, by its improvisational structure as well as its cross-cultural potential, to bring people together to take a stand on social and political issues.

Join us for a lecture and panel discussion to explore how jazz and cross-cultural jazz fusion/collaborations have given voice to the American conscience over the decades, and helped speak truth to power. 

Seating is limited, and registration is highly recommended.

Lila Downs lecture

Access to the preconcert lecture is free with a concert ticket. Please be sure to have your concert ticket with you when checking in. Seats will be available for pre-registrants only until 6:35pm, at which point remaining seats will be released to the standby line.


Felix Contreras, Co-Host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture
Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies and an Affiliated Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University
Saïs Kamalidiin, Associate Professor of Jazz History and Flute at Howard University
Katea Stitt, Program Director at WPFW 89.3FM

Moderated by Omrao Brown, Cultural Entrepreneur and Former Owner of DC’s Bohemian Caverns

Read biographies of the panelists

  This performance is part of Strathmore’s Windows to the World series of international performances. Check out the full line-up and join the Global Voices Club.

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