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Juneteenth Community Heritage Music Festival

Community Events

  • Music
  • Drama

Juneteenth CommUNITY Heritage Music Festival

  • 6/19/2024
  • 7 pm
  • Colonial Theater

“Making room for everyone”

A Red Velvet Evening at the Colonial Theater

You are cordially invited to join us for the first annual Greater Idaho Falls CommUNITY Heritage Music Festival’s commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday this Wednesday, June 19. The event includes an evening of music and a dramatic interpretation of the history of the holiday and its link to the core idealism of America.

Expect to be well-taught by the talented young people of Bright Star Production who will perform “A Brief History of Juneteenth,” a locally produced Reader’s Theater. In addition, you will be entertained with a variety of musical performances introduced by knowledgeable directors who will describe the influence of the African American experience on American music.

  • The Anam Cara Chamber Choir will perform “Kaung’a Yachee,” a traditional Taita melody from Kenya,and “Go Down Moses,” a traditional spiritual.
  • An Idaho Falls Symphony ensemble under the direction of Thomas Heuser will perform William Grant Still’s “Mother and Child” and selections from Still’s “Folk Suite.”
  • The Idaho State University Jazz ensemble featuring Lenet Peevey-Neifert will perform “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “You Knew”.
  • A grand finale will feature the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” arranged by Jonathan Armstrong, Associate Professor of Music at Idaho State University.

Complimentary red velvet cupcakes, a traditional Juneteenth food, will be provided for the first 450 attendees.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and dress is casual.

*Juneteenth CommUNITY Heritage Music Festival is the presentation of an independent promoter.*