Loyola Marymount University Hosts Ghanaian Pianist in Honor of Black History Month

As part of a month-long of activities honoring Black History Month, Loyola Marymount University is hosting a mixed-media presentation and master class delivered by world-renowned composer and pianist William Chatman Nyaho on Thursday, February 28, and a solo piano recital on Friday, February 29.

Thursday, February 28, 2008
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Murphy Recital Hall
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA


The two events will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Murphy Recital Hall.



The afternoon event will include a mixed-media presentation about African pop music as a resource for African art. A question and answer session will immediately follow. In the evening event, Nyaho will lead a master class with piano students featuring works by Ghanaian and Nigerian composers.


On Friday, February 29, at 8 PM in the Marymount Institute (Suite 3002 University Hall), the Ghanaian pianist will perform in a solo piano recital.  Featured on the program will be music by composers of African descent from South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt as well as music by composers of the African diaspora from the Carribean, England, and the United States.


A reception will follow the Friday evening event.


Nyaho is internationally known for the range and artistry of his performances and is the editor of a recently published five-volume anthology of music for solo piano by composers from Africa and the African Diaspora.  He recently returned to the US from South Africa where he served as a judge in the final round of an international piano competition held in Pretoria.


About Black History Month:

Black History Month is a remembrance and commemoration of important leaders and events in African American history. Black History Month also aims to expose the dangers of racial prejudice and recognize the significant contributions that the African American community has had on American society.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available on campus.

For more information please contact:

Office of Black Student Services Tel: 310.338.5808


Sponsor(s): , Office of Black Student Services, Department of Music College of Communications and Fine Arts and Office of Intercultural Affairs. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.