Spring 2021 First Fridays Announcement

In this monthly concert series created by Arts Everywhere and the Department of Music in the fall of 2019, First Fridays gives students and student chamber ensembles an opportunity to perform and share their music with the community. Originally set in the rotunda of Hill Hall on the first Fridays of the month and then going on the road to different spaces across campus, these informal pop-up concerts have allowed students, faculty, staff, and community members to come and go as they listen to live music of all genres and configurations.

In keeping with the efforts made in Fall 2020 to keep the community safe and healthy, First Fridays will continue to premiere online this Spring! Once again, Arts Everywhere and the Department of Music sought and carefully selected proposals for virtual, pre-recorded 15-30 minute programs featuring music by underrepresented voices (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, etc.).

For Spring 2021, we are pleased to announce the following featured performances below! Selected students researched and chose pieces by underrepresented composers who were meaningful to them and will present the pieces along with program notes about the musical works, composers, poets, and historical context.

Please join us on Facebook on the first Friday of each month to listen to and support these talented musicians!

by Crystal Wu & Catherine Zachary


March 5 at 12:00 pm

Songs and Lieder by Robert Owens

Photo of Robert Owens with event information listed

Erin Pratt (‘22), mezzo-soprano

Major: Musicology PhD candidate

With Stephen Fiess, piano


Three Countee Cullen Songs for High Voice and Piano, Op. 27

  1. From the Dark Tower

Three Songs of Emily Jane Brontë, Op. 18 (c. 10 minutes)

I. The Old Stoic

II. Tell me, tell me

III. Sleep

Drei Lieder von Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Op. 47 (c. 13 minutes)

I. Vorfrühling

II. Die Beiden

III. Manche freilich…

Border Line, Song Cycle on Poems by Langston Hughes, Op. 24

  1. The End

Learn more

Image of Erin Pratt. Text reads: First Fridays online! Songs & lieder of Robert Owens. Performed by Erin Pratt, mezzo soprano. March 5, 2021. 12 pm

April 9 at 12:00 pm

Celebrating the Music of Florence Price & William Grant Still

Images of Florence Price and William Grant Still. Text reads: Celebrating the Music of Florence Price & William Grant Still. First Fridays online


Ayman Bejjani (He/Him)

  • Major: Music BA, Chemistry Minor
  • Year: Junior
  • Instrument: Violin

Maria Manning (She/Her)

  • Major: Neuroscience BA, Music BM
  • Year: First Year
  • Instrument: Violin

Tate Jones (He/Him)

  • Major: Biology BS and Music BA
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Instrument: Viola

David Kim (He/Him)

  • Major: Music BA, Premed Track
  • Year: First Year
  • Instrument: Cello


String Quartet in G Major (1929)—Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953)

I. Allegro

II. Andante Moderato

Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)—William Grant Still (1895-1978)

I. Mother and Child

Learn more

Photos of Ayman, Maria, Tate and David. Text reads: First Fridays Online! Celebrating the Music of Florence Price and William Grant Still. April 9, 2021. 12 pm

Read more about First Fridays and watch all of the the 2020-2021 First Friday performances on YouTube.