Courtesy of Colour of Music Festival.

Charleston’s ninth annual Colour of Music Festival takes place at various locations downtown Feb. 2-5, showcasing leading Black classical artists from the U.S., France and Colombia.

The performances across the four-day festival encompass a variety of compositions from noted Black composers as well as standard canon works, and the concerts will feature African instruments from the marimba (similar to a xylophone) to the harpsichord.

Local violinist La Toya Patterson is the sole Charlestonian in a slate of classical musicians this year, having been a part of the festival since its 2013 inception. Originally from Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, Patterson moved to Charleston after completing her music studies at South Carolina State and Berklee College of Music.

“It’s a great way for folks to learn about composers that are outside of the European tradition and bring awareness to the fact that these pieces exist,” Patterson said of the collective learning experience between musicians and audience members alike. 

The Colour Festival highlights musicians and composers of color, while breaking down barriers to classical music itself, Patterson said.

“It’s not usually the type of music that people gravitate to naturally,” she said, “but this brings it back to the forefront and puts it out there for everyone to experience.”

 Tickets information can be found at colourofmusic.org

The festival schedule is as follows:

Piano and Voice Recital
Murray Center Salon (14 George St.)
Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Elizabeth G. Hill, piano, and Manna K. Jones, soprano
Works by Frédéric Chopin, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith-Moore

Chamber Music
Murray Center Salon (14 George St.)
Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Jorgensen and Romuald Grimbert-Barré, violin, Basil Vendryes, viola, Kenneth Law, cello, Mark Allen, Jr., clarinet, Elizabeth Hill and Lawrence Quinnett, piano, Shanelle Woods, mezzo soprano
Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Chamber Music
Murray Center Salon (14 George St.)
Feb. 3, 2 p.m.
Sean Daniels percussion and marimba, Courtney Jones and Herb Smith, trumpet, Lawrence Quinnett, piano
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Toshiro Mayuzumi, and Sean Daniels

Chamber Music
Edmondston Alston House (21 East Bay St.)
Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Jorgensen and James Keene, violin, Keith Lawrence, viola, Ismael Guerrero, cello, Mark Allen, Jr., clarinet, Lawrence Quinnett, piano
Works by Jesse Montgomery, Florence Price, and Alexander Arutiunian

Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi
Festival Hall (56 Beaufain St.)
Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Jorgensen and James Keene, violin, Keith Lawrence, viola, Ismael Guerrero, cello, MarRomuald Grimbert-Barré, violin, Keith Lawrence, viola, Courtney Jones and Herb Smith, trumpet
Works by Max Bruch, Antonio Vivaldi, Anton Arensky, Chevalier de Saint Georges, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi
Festival Hall (56 Beaufain St.)
Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Colour of Music Virtuosi featuring Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violinist and conductor
Works by Valerie Coleman, Robert Aldridge, Astor Piazzolla, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky