The Alpena Community College Spotlight Series opens its 2011-12 season with a premiere event on Sept. 22, when musician and lecturer Ray Kamalay will present "World Slavery and the Rise of American Music."
In this fascinating presentation, Kamalay contributes performances of various genres, putting American music in the perspective of world history. He traces the development of slavery from ancient times to its links with American society in the early jazz age.
Kamalay has been a professional musician for nearly four decades and holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Detroit. He has performed at such prestigious venues as the Edinburgh Festival, Interlochen and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
In 1997, his work with Howard and Ralphe Armstrong was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award.
Kamalay's presentation for the Spotlight Series will include a discussion of freedom, ancient and modern slavery, the Haitian Revolution, the origin of blackface, spirituals, blues, minstrel shows, ragtime and jazz. The production will be an evocative, educational, and entertaining combination of lecture and performance that is not be missed.
The Spotlight Series has offered distinctive cultural opportunities to the community for 14 years. The 2011-12 lineup of events offers music, inspiration, and education for all ages.
Kamalay's presentation is co-sponsored by the ACC Student Leadership Commission and the Global Awareness Fund. This performance, like all Spotlight Series events, will be staged in ACC's Granum Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Spotlight Series 2011-12 Season and for individual performances are available at Neiman's Family Market and the ACC Bookstore. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $7 for youth; and $30 for a family. ACC students are admitted free with Student ID card. Call 358-7271 for more information.