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The Arts as Black Resistance in Eighteenth-Century London: The Music of Ignatius Sancho

Date & Time

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m.-{7}:{30} {p.m.}




Presented by The Raritan Players and Mason Gross School of the Arts

Ignatius Sancho
Image credit: Francesco Bartolozzi, engraving of Ignatius Sancho after a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough (1768). The engraving was later printed in the posthumous collection Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African.

Join Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice for a concert on period instruments, with commentary, on Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780). Known as the first Black person to publish original music compositions, Sancho used his work as a tool to resist enslavement and racism.

With soprano Sonya Headlam (DMA ’21) and pianist Rebecca Cypess.

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This event is offered in connection with The National Day of Racial Healing, part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial, Healing & Transformation efforts, and is supported by the Creating Change Network in partnership with the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Rutgers University – Newark. The Creating Change Network is a program hosted by New Jersey Theatre Alliance and ArtPride New Jersey that aims to build a more equitable, just, and anti-racist arts community. The activities of the Creating Change Network are made possible by the generous support of the Grunin Foundation.