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IU's African American Arts Institute to present 26th Potpourri of the Arts



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African American Choral Ensemble Director Raymond Wise directs the ensemble during Potpourri of the Arts on Nov. 11, 2017, at IU Auditorium. IU’s African American Arts Institute will have its 26th annual Potpourri of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the IU Auditorium. IDS file photo and James Brosher

IU’s African American Arts Institute will have its 26th annual Potpourri of the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the IU Auditorium. Student and children tickets cost $15, while adult tickets cost $39 and can be purchased online or at the IU Auditorium box office. 

The event will be led by American funk musician Bootsy Collins and will feature performances by IU’s African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble and Soul Revue. 

Collins is a bassist most known for backing up James Brown and being a member of the band Parliament-Funkadelic. Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with an additional 15 members of P-Funk. 

The African American Dance Company is directed by Stafford C. Berry Jr., a professor in the departments of African American and African diaspora studies, as well as theatre, drama and contemporary dance. The dance company will perform a wide variety of dance styles, including styles of African dance, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz. 

Professor Raymond Wise also works in the department of African American and African diaspora studies and directs the African American Choral Ensemble, which will perform African American spirituals and gospels. 

Performing a blend of R&B, soul and funk music will be IU Soul Revue, directed by musician and producer James Strong. Soul Revue will also perform a combined piece with the other two groups to finish the evening’s events. 

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