The Colour of Music Festival, which highlights musicians and composers of color, will host a Chamber Music Series in Charleston from Wednesday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 5th. 

The Black classical musicians festival says it presents “a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th-century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences nationally.” Since 2013, the traveling series has highlighted the impact and historical significance of Black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The Colour of Music Festival began with performances at various venues throughout Charleston and has grown to debut in cities across the country with artists from across the globe.



    • Piano and Vocal Recital
      • 2 pm – 3 pm at the Murray Center Salon, 14 George Street
      • Colour of Music Festival Matinee Piano and Vocal Recital Spotlight will feature two special guest artists: Elizabeth Hill and Manna K. Jones
    • Chamber Music I: Rachmanioff, Brahms, Menotti, & Coleridge-Taylor
      • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Murray Center Salon, 14 George Street
    • Chamber Music II: Bach, Mayuzumi, & Daniels
      • 2 pm – 3 pm at the Murray Center Salon, 14 George Street
    • Chamber Music III: Works By Montgomery, Price, & Arutiunian
      • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Edmondston-Alston House, 21 South Battery
    • Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi I
      • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain Street
      • With Guest Conductor William Garfield Walker
    • Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi II Finale
      • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain Street
      • With Anyango Yarbo-Davenport

2021 MOJA Arts Festival September 30th to October 10th

See listing of events here

2021 MOJA Arts Festival poster, featuring the artwork of Arianne King Comer.

Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. She is a textile artist creating her work in paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home deco, as well as social justice.

In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. She was given the Yoruba name of Osun Ronke.

She was owner of Ibile Indigo House on St Helena House ’98-04. In 2004, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a guest artist sponsored by her daughter, a designer/stylist, Nicole King Burroughs. Arianne created one of a kind jean for Mavi Jeans’s. In 2007, she had the opportunity to join The Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2006-7, Arianne was artist in Residence for North Charleston Cultural Affairs Office. In 1999, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “Messengers of the Spirit,” and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV’s “Country Style,” which is still in syndication. She is an active member of Alternate ROOTS, Charleston Rhizome and a designer for Seeking Indigo. Her work is in several traveling exhibitions nationally as well as statewide.

Colour of Music Virtual Festival 2021

The Colour of Music is offering a series of events for its 2021 festival see a listing of events and tickets here

Festival 2021 Opening Recital Features the African Originated Marimba – Wednesday, February 3, 7:30pm

According to oral history, the story of the marimba began in Africa, where holes were dug in the ground, wooden bars were made to cross over this hole, and the bars were struck to produce sound. The Zulu tribe of South Africa is said to have legends of a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached. During this opening event, Dr. Sean Daniels & Dr. Lawrence Quinnett, will present the Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for Xylophone & Piano.