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WQED celebrates Black History Month

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

By Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Classical station WQED-FM (89.3) will mark Black History month with special programming spotlighting works by African-American composers and performers.

A musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. -- "Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future" -- airs at 10 p.m. tomorrow.

On the Feb. 21 edition of "SymphonyCast," Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus will perform Alvin Singleton's choral work "Praisemaker" (airing at 7 p.m.).

"Arhaus Furniture Performance in Pittsburgh" will feature mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves' benefit concert for the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the African American Cultural Center (5 p.m. Feb. 23).

WQED-TV's "Black Horizons" features special programs to commemorate Black History Month, including "Keepers of the Flame," an hourlong special at 10 p.m. Monday that profiles historians Betty Cole and Edna Mackenzie and former journalist Frank Bolden.

"On Q Magazine" presents a Black History Month Special at 10 p.m. Feb. 25. Chris Moore hosts the one-hour program that features reports relating to the past, present and future of the African-American community.

"Brothermen," a performance-based documentary, features five African-American men who through their art transmit the historic, political and cultural realities of the African-American experience, at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

"Wylie Avenue Days," which documents Pittsburgh as a major center of African-American culture from the 1930s through the 1950s, returns to WQED at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

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