Awadagin Pratt performed his original multimedia work "Awadagin Pratt: Black in America" with members of the Colorado Symphony and CAM faculty member Gregory Walker on October 4, 2021 in the King Center Concert Hall, located on the Auraria Campus. Carried by graphic accounts of being stopped by police for driving while black, Pratt’s performance chronicles his life from the time he was a music student in Baltimore through his ascent to international acclaim. Additionally, the performance served as an opportunity for donors to support CAM's LYNX summer camps for aspiring artists in high school.
Awadagin Pratt at the piano
Awadagin Pratt performs Funérailles by Franz Liszt for solo piano.
Awadagin Pratt read a narrative about being pulled over for "driving while black" at different points during his ascent into international prestige as a pianist.
From left: CAM faculty member Gregory Walker, Julie Duncan Thornton, Awadagin Pratt, Steve Metcalf, Reuben Kebede, Allison Drenkow and Basil Vendryes.
Awadagin Pratt chats with CAM students after the performance.
Awadagin Pratt with CAM's Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Mark Rabideau.

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