University of Pittsburgh
November 18, 2010

Pitt’s Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble Presents Nativity: A Christmas Gift Through Dec. 19


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble, part of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Africana Studies, will present its unique musical production of Nativity: A Christmas Gift on weekends from Dec. 4 through Dec. 19 in the Seventh-Floor Auditorium of Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 

Inspired by Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, the show explores the Christmas season through traditional West African dance and 20th-century gospel music. Under the direction of artistic director Oronde Sharif, a lecturer in Africana Studies, and musical director Jerome Kirkland, the cast features the voices of some of the region’s finest gospel performers. 

Nativity: A Christmas Gift will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. There will be one school matinee at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for senior citizens, students, and children. They can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 412-648-2276. 




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