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A Tempo: Concert Explores Life, Works of 18th-Century Black British Composer

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An upcoming performance presented by the Raritan Players features the music of Ignatius Sancho, a Black composer, writer and abolitionist in 18th-century London, and A Tempo this Saturday (1/8 at 7 pm) explores Sancho's life and works in a conversation with soprano Sonya Headlam and pianist Rebecca Cypess, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of musicology at Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

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The performance will be live-streamed Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm, and is co-sponsored by Mason Gross and the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. It is also offered in connection with the National Day of Racial Healing.

(Photos: Top - 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; Bottom right: Soprano Sonya Headlam; Bottom left: Pianist Rebecca Cypess.)

 
 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; Bottom right: Soprano Sonya Headlam; Bottom left: Pianist Rebecca Cypess.)

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