Acclaimed classical Violist Ashleigh Gordon will be an artist-in-residence at the Clemmons Family Farm in August. Gordon will offer two family-friendly classical musical events showcasing Black history. The first event is “A Little History,” which fuses together original music, poetry and Black history in an interactive educational workshop designed for children ages 10–13 years old and families on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Authentica Art Gallery. Participants will learn about historical and contemporary figures ranging from the poet Phillis Wheatley to former President Barack Obama. The second event, designed for adults and children 12 years and older, is a presentation entitled “Meet the Composers”, highlighted with live viola performances of musical excerpts on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Barn House. Events are free with pre-registration. A $10 donation is suggested.
About the Artist-in-residence
Ashleigh Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe and Hong Kong, ranging from chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions. Passionate about contemporary music, Gordon performs regularly with Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, NYC’s ECCE Ensemble, and the Grammy award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
She is also the Artistic and Executive Director of Boston-based Castle of our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. In recognition for her advocacy of social and cultural awareness, she has given presentations at IDEAS UMass Boston and the North Carolina Governor’s School of the West; has been featured in the June 2015 International Musician Magazine, the Boston Globe and Improper Bostonian; and awarded the St. Botolph Emerging Artist and Charles Walton Diversity Advocate award from the American Federation of Musicians.