dr. cornel west, arturo o'farrill, buster williams trio, and more headline the new school's college of performing arts celebration of black history month

Curated by Charlotte Small and co-presented by the College of Performing Arts' Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, the one-night only event will take place on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30PM in the Tishman Auditorium

NEW YORK, February 1, 2024 – The New School’s College of Performing Arts is excited to announce A Celebration of Black History Month curated by Charlotte Small, a special concert of song, dance, theater, oration and community to celebrate Black History Month, featuring performers, artists, and activists, including keynote speaker Dr. Cornel West, Arturo O’Farrill, the Buster Williams Trio, Charlotte Small, the Mannes Orchestra performing Alvin Singleton’s Across Differences, and more. The one-night only performance will take place on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm in the Tishman Auditorium and is presented by The New School's College of Performing Arts and the College of Performing Arts' Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.

“I have always lived my life following the scripture that One Body has many parts and all parts must work together to function effectively,” says Charlotte Small. “My dream and vision is that our community will come together as one body in love and unity. We all need healing. My hope is that this concert will usher in a fresh new spirit for all. We can change the world one rhythm, one melody, and one harmony at a time.”

A full list of performers is below. The concert is free and open to the public. Please find registration and more information here.

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Cornel West
  • Dance and Drum Ensemble with Ethel Calhoun
  • Arturo O'Farrill
  • Mannes Orchestra performs Alvin Singleton's Across Differences, conducted by David Hayes
  • Buster Williams Trio: Buster Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, Lenny White
  • The New School’s College of Performing Arts’ School of Jazz and Contemporary Music's Gospel Chorus led by Charlotte Small
  • Performers from The New School’s College of Performing Arts’ School of Drama

The College of Performing Arts at The New School was formed in 2015 and draws together the Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances.

The 1,000 students at the College of Performing Arts are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at the College of Performing Arts is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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