Published on April 2nd, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


University of South Carolina School of Music presented Richard Greener tribute concert

Composers Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott debut newly-commissioned pieces

The Richard Greener tribute concert exploreed the legacy of Richard Greener, UofSC’s first African-American professor (1873-77) and the first black graduate of Harvard. The concert took place at the UofSC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Admission is free and open to the public.

This year has seen a number of events at the university celebrating Greener’s legacy and significance, including the unveiling of a statue in his likeness outside the Thomas Cooper Library. The tribute concert joins the list of events to honor Greener’s accomplishments.

The concert featured the world premiere of two newly-commissioned pieces composed by Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, which included vocal and instrumental music and narration, poetry and Greener’s own writings. Coleman and Scott are two of the country’s most accomplished African American composers and members of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. The two discussed their new works in a pre-concert conversation.

The concert was performed by UofSC music faculty and students, featuring Columbia baritone Kendrick Williams.

In addition to the new musical works, several other tributes were planned for the evening. Greener’s biographer, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock, author of “Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College,” spoke about Greener’s life and legacy. UofSC theater professor Stanley Brown will perform a monologue from the play “The White Problem” by Jon Tuttle, based on Greener’s writings, and an exhibit of materials related to Greener from the South Caroliniana Library will be on display before the concert.

These events have been made possible by a Visiting Scholars Grant from the UofSC Provost’s Office, with additional support from the UofSC School of Music.





Opening Remarks, by Katherine Reynolds Chaddock

Glory (2018), by Valerie Coleman

Monologue from “The White Problem,” by Jon Tuttle, performed by Stanley Brown

A Pioneer’s Opus (2018), by Jeff Scott


Event Contacts

Jennifer Parker-Harley,, 614-323-7670

Michael Harley,, 614-937-7722

Composer Valerie Coleman:

Composer Jeff Scott:

Biographer, UofSC Education Professor Katherine Chaddock,



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