Mike Curb Institute of Music Off to Rousing Start

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Publication Date: 10/3/2007


A conversation among Memphis theater professionals about Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" led to the first major event sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute of Music at Rhodes. The event had nothing to do with Shakespeare, but in the opinion of McCoy Theatre director and Rhodes professor Cookie Ewing, August Wilson compares well with the Bard.

The August Wilson Celebration was a collaboration among the Curb Institute, Rhodes McCoy Theatre, Hattiloo Theatre and The University of Memphis. It included three sold-out performances by acclaimed actor Charles Dutton (pictured), lectures, staged readings and a creative, theatrical tribute, “The August Wilson Songbook.”

The celebration closed with a musical performance by the Orange Mound Jazz Messengers and local celebrity Joyce Cobb. Judging by rave reviews in the Memphis media, the Mike Curb Institute of Music is off to a rousing start.