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HCC celebrates Black History Month: ‘Without a Song’ by Carl Cole

In a third in a series of Black History Month programs at Highland, Carl Cole will present a community celebration with a musical program “Without a Song” on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Student/Conference Center, Building H, Room H-201 at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill. This is the final program for Highland’s Black History Month three-part series.

According to Cole, “Without a Song!” is a musical journey of love and life through favorite tunes from times past to the present, including genres of spirituals, blues, folk, country, jazz, gospel, and R&B, to name a few. This will be a celebratory emphasis on writings and arrangements by African-American Composers and Performers.”

“This Black History Month event will be a ‘COLE-lossal COLE-laboration Celebration and SONGSPIRATION’ of SOGN and Highland talents to share the joy of music with the greater Freeport community, with the ‘Special Seasoning’ brought by the African-American culture of soul, spirit, and rhythm to uplift all people of every race and age,” Cole said.

The Program will feature Sounds of Good News (SOGN) Productions consisting of musicians and singers, including Professor Carl Cole at piano and vocals, Dianna Cole, vocals, Andrew Cole on bass, Clyde Cole on guitar, Tim Austin on drums, Ryan Swanson on tenor sax, and special piano selections by SOGN International Artist in Residence from South Korea, Dr. JeHae Kim. The Show will include performances by the Highland Community College Music Department, under the direction of Jeffrey DeLay.

“Without a Song” is sponsored by the Highland Student Activities and the Highland Diversity Committee, the program is free and open to the public.