SCC Presents an Evening of Music with Whit Whitaker Celebrating Black History Month

Feb 26, 2018

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Whit Whitaker

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Diana Hallman

Somerset Community College presents musician, soloist, and dramatist, Whit Whitaker, of Lexington, Kentucky, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at six o’clock in the evening in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset North Campus.  Diana Hallman, a pianist, and musicologist who is a professor in the School of Music at the University of Kentucky will accompany Mr. Whitaker.

Mr. Whitaker earned his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Kentucky where he studied voice under acclaimed voice Professor, Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of Opera Studies and founder of the internationally known American Spiritual Ensemble, and vocal coach, Professor Cliff Jackson, noted accompanist for opera soprano, Kathleen Battle. Whitaker earned his Master’s in Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Mr. Whitaker has performed for the Somerset Community College at the First Presbyterian Church on Vine Street as well as First Baptist Church on North Main Street.   On each occasion, this pair presented historically timely presentations related to both past and current events.  Programs presented have been entitled:  “Redemption: From Slavery to Freedom,” “A Dream Deferred,” and the “Portrait of Freedom.”   Extremely talented, Mr. Whitaker performs both drama parts and solos through each presentation. Excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches have been included, as well as excerpts from President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Address.  Music has included “Malice Towards None” from the movie “Lincoln” by John Williams.

Elegy For A King is a dramatic performance in remembrance and celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The performance is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Somerset Community College. Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00pm.  Refreshments will be provided.