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Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

starring Jasmine Guy

with The Avery Sharpe Trio

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30 PM

At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$20-$45, $10 students with ID and children 18 and under
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CONCESSION SERVICES: Concessions will be sold in the Grand Lobby from 6-7:30 p.m. and during intermission.
My longtime friend and colleague, the great jazz musician Avery Sharpe, wrote all the original music for the show and introduced me to the piece. I quickly fell in love with the show’s ability to provide a look into this vibrant period for African-American artists, most of whom could be found in Harlem in the 1920s.
Jasmine Guy, star of Raisin’ Cane

Written and conceived by Harry Clark
with adaptation by Jasmine Guy
Original musical score by Avery Sharpe

Step into the world of the Harlem Renaissance through words, music, and imagery with Raisin’ Cane, a production inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel, Cane.

In 1918, as the first great World War ended and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home, a mountain of artistic expression was ready to explode, and the words and thoughts of Toomer, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others became the voice of a new generation. These voices are woven into an experience that spans this era and provides a window on a critical point in history.
Raisin' Cane features award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio.

Guy was the star of the television show A Different World and has appeared in Broadway and national productions, including Spike Lee’s School Daze , as well as in Harlem Nights.

Avery Sharpe is one of the greatest jazz bassists of his generation and has toured with the world’s top jazz musicians. Sharpe is joined onstage by the renowned percussionist Kevin Sharpe and acclaimed jazz violinist Diane Monroe.


Friday, January 27, 2017
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Friday, January 27, 2017


Learn more about Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio in our 2016-2017 Learning Guide .


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All performances take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted.