Music Department to Celebrate Black History with Two Concerts

PCC music students sing as part of a choir during the 2023 BHM Black Composers Concert.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Music Department is paying tribute to black composers this month with a pair of concerts as part of the college’s overall celebration of black history.

Part one of the department’s annual “Black Composers Concert” is set for Feb. 20 at Koinonia Christian Center in Greenville. It begins at 7 p.m. and will feature performances by several musical groups and special guests, including PCC’s Symphony Orchestra, Chorale and Elements of Praise Gospel Choir, the Pitt County Schools Early College High School (PCSECHS) Choir, and the Eastern Youth Orchestra.

Part two of the “Black Composers Concert” will take place Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement’s Chris Smith Multipurpose Room on Pitt’s main campus. The program will feature the PCC Jazz Band, PCSECHS Jazz Band, and special guest, the Emerald City Big Band, performing a wide variety of musical selections, from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder.

Though both concerts are free and open to the public, donations will be accepted to support future PCC Music Department activities.

Additional concert details are available by contacting PCC Music and Drama Coordinator R. Michael Stephenson at rmstephenson701@my.pittcc.edu or (252) 493-7493.