Baritone Ivan Griffin and pianist Stanley Waldon will present a guest artist recital titled “Songs of a People: The Music of African-American Composers” at the WVU Creative Arts Center, Sunday, Nov. 15.

The concert begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

The program will feature songs by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), Hall Johnson (1888-1970), Cecil Cohen (1894-1967), Charles Brown (b. 1940), Leslie Adams (b. 1932), and Thomas Kerr, Jr. (1915-1988).

Following intermission, they will perform Swingin’ with the “Duke,” including “Satin Doll” and “Don’t Get Around Much” by E. Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974); Selections from “Life of Christ” by Roland Hayes (1887-1977); and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” by Moses G. Hogan (1957-2003).

Griffin is a versatile artist whose experiences range from opera to musical theater. A member of the internationally renowned American Spiritual Ensemble, he has also performed with numerous arts organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

Griffin holds degrees from Southern University and the Eastman School of Music. He also serves on the voice faculty at Wayne State University. For more information, see his website at:

Waldon has provided piano accompaniment for world-renowned artists and toured Europe with the Wayne State University Men’s Glee Club, and China with the Michigan Technological University Choir.

Upon retirement in 2006 from the Detroit Public Schools, he became principal of the newly opened Edward “Duke” Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art. Currently, Waldon is an instructor in the College of Fine Arts at Wayne State University.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841, Ext. 3108.


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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108,