Five Black History-Based Performances to see before the end of February

In Boston we’re lucky to have fantastic Black-centered cultural events all year long.  But during Black History Month, a particularly radiant spotlight shines on the performances, films, lectures and events created in special celebration of African Diaspora in America

Here are five outstanding Black History Month events in Boston you’ll want to check out before the end of February. More information about each of them, as well as details on how to get tickets, is available on the ArtsBoston Calendar. (Links to each are provided below.)

 

February 16

Boston Conservatory Orchestra: Celebrating Black History Month at Symphony Hall 

Boston Conservatory Orchestra brings a powerful program featuring important African-American composers William Grant Still and Margaret Bonds, and a recent work by Valerie Coleman that celebrates the spontaneous outdoor applause New Yorkers gave medical professionals during the pandemic. Concludes with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “Toussaint l’Overture,” with long-missing parts specially created by conductor Bruce Hangen. At the program’s center is a recitation of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. during Joseph Schwantner’s “New Morning for the World.”

 

Feb 18
IDENTITY: I BELIEVE, Honoring Reginald Mobley, Countertenor. Presented by Coro Allegro at Roxbury Community College

Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus under Artistic Director David Hodgkins, presents IDENTITY: I Believe, a program celebrating works by Black American composers and their impact on American music, with performances by four acclaimed Black LGBTQ+ and allied artists including Grammy nominee Reginald Mobley, who will receive the 15th Annual Daniel Pinkham Award, ground-breaking trans soprano Breanna Sinclairé, baritone Philip Lima, and pianist David Freeman Coleman.

 

February 23

CROWN OF TIMES presented by ReRooted at the Museum of Science, Boston 

After a sold-out summer run, Crown of Times returns to the Museum of Science for one night only! The play was written, produced, and directed by two Black women, Yvette Modestin and Michele Avery, who have over twenty years of experience in community activism and creativity. They’ve merged their talents to create an intimate performance piece that shines light and truth on the decade-long practice of policing Black hair.

 

Feb 23

Black to the Future: An Afrofuturist Soiree presented by Castle of Our Skins at Black Market

Immerse yourself in Afrofuturistic ideals and draw inspiration from boundless realms of imagination to envision a future where the Black race thrives! Your presence supports a brilliant future for Castle of our Skins by raising funds to promote Black artistry, history, and culture through innovative programs and initiatives. Dress to impress: channel your inner cosmic explorer and don your most avant-garde Afrofuturist attire. Prepare to transcend the ordinary with live performances, captivating visuals, and an atmosphere that echoes the interstellar vibes of Afrofuturism.

 

February 28 – FREE

The Space Race, a film presented by Roxbury International Film Festival and Museum of Science, Boston

This special screening from National Geographic Documentary Films uncovers the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists who became astronauts. The Space Race weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight, and Charles Bolden, among many others.

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