New York musician/activist Fred Weihan Ho will present an evening of music, poetry, and politics on Monday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Unity House at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Parking is available in lot 5.
The event’s music and discussion will center on how music, poetry and other arts express cultures outside of the American and world mainstream. Following the performance, participants will enjoy an evening of cuisine and continued informal talk.
Ho will be an artist-in-residence on campus from October 29-November 1. His schedule includes a presentation on world music, culture and the visual arts in the College of Visual and Performing Arts atrium on Tuesday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. that day, Ho will give an open performance collaborating with dance and visual arts students at the Star Store campus on 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford.
Other events include a presentation on Thursday, November 1, in the CVPA Recital Hall (room 153), from 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Park in lot 8/9. Ho will also collaborate with royal hartigan’s world music classes and university ensembles during his residency.
Ho is leader of both the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and the Monkey Orchestra. He combines folk music elements from Asia and the Pacific Islands within an African American context influenced by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Cal Massey. He is the recipient of several awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for opera/musical theater and music composition; two New York Foundation for the Arts Music Composition Fellowships and a Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award given by the 17th Annual Black Musician’s conference at the University of Massachusetts.
For more information, contact royal hartigan at (508) 999-8572.