Ashland University to Present 'Evening of Celebration'

2/7/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's Office of Diversity, Multicultural Student Services and Black Student Union will present an "Evening of Celebration" on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. The theme of the evening will be "A Midsummer's Night in Harlem" and the event will include special guest Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a professional flautist.

The event, which is free and open to the public and part of the Black History Month celebration at the University, will offer a soul food dinner, the musical talents of Abdur-Razzaq and theatrical performances by Ashland University students in their reenactment of the Harlem Renaissance.

Abdur-Razzaq is a talented and extraordinary flutist from Montclair, N.J., who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. He primarily performs on college campuses in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of jazz and its contribution to the world of music.

A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a graduate of Rutgers University, Abdur-Razzaq holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator and writer.

He has performed and recorded with some of the world's greatest recording artists, including pianist Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Eddie Gladden, Grachan Moncur III, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Adams, Curtis Boyd, John Patton, Melba Moore, Freda Payne and Sun Ra.

In addition to his extensive recording career, and because of his intellectually stimulating lectures and powerful jazz performances, he is considered one of the most popular artists on university and college campuses in the country.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.