The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be closed for a private event on August 1st.


What is American: A Review of American Music


Free and open to the public, this program centers the contributions and impact of Black artists on American music, from Negro spirituals to Blues to Rock & Roll and beyond.

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Featuring the music of Tina Turner, Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, George Walker, Rhiannon Giddens, Fats Waller, Jessie Montgomery and more, the program asks the listener to contemplate what makes us American, and how that translates into sound.

How to participate

Free and open to the public, this program will be live streamed via Zoom online and in the General Motors Theater of The Wright.


12 noon - 1 pm EST

Streamed via Zoom in front of a live audience in the GMT, this program will also be available for virtual viewing at home!

This program features two musical selections by Grammy-nominated ensemble PUBLIQuartet, with commentary by group leader Ms. Jannina Norporth.

6 pm - 7 pm EST

The events of the afternoon will be streamed before a live audience in the GMT, and will be available for viewing from home.

About PUBLIQuartet 

PUBLIQuartet is a Grammy-nominated improvising string quartet whose contemporary repertoire blurs genres and highlights American multiculturalism. PUBLIQuartet is recognized as one of the most interesting and innovative ensembles in the field, having received the 2019 Visionary Artists Award from Chamber Music America, the 2015 award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP/CMA, and The Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition.