Cedric Dent of the a cappella group Take 6 to present a 'piano lecture' Oct. 18 at UM-Dearborn

October 3, 2006

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DEARBORN / Oct. 3, 2006---Cedric Dent, a member of the Grammy award-winning a cappella group Take 6, will trace the history of gospel music during a “piano lecture” from 6:10 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Dent’s appearance is part of UM-Dearborn’s “Introduction to Gospel Music” course, taught by Deborah Smith Pollard, associate professor of humanities.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Kochoff Hall, located in the campus’s University Center.

A professor at Middle Tennessee State University, Dent is a native of Detroit and earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education at U-M Ann Arbor.  In addition, he earned a master’s degree in music theory/arranging at the University of Alabama and his doctoral degree in music theory at the University of Maryland.

His research interests include the historical and harmonic development of black gospel music and vocal jazz group arranging and performance.

Dent is a baritone vocalist, arranger, producer and member of Take 6, which has released 11 recordings for Warner Brothers Records. With 10 Grammy awards to their credit, Take 6 also holds the distinct honor of being the most Grammy-nominated vocal group in history.

In 1992, Dent received a Grammy award for several musical arrangements on the recording, “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.” His work included an a cappella setting of “O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” for Take 6, featuring Stevie Wonder. Dent’s other honors include two Dove award nominations and two Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards nominations.

The event is presented by UM-Dearborn’s African and African American Studies program and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society.  The lecture, which is a continuation of a series that began two years ago, “Religion and the Black Community,” is funded by a Diversity Challenge Grant from the Office of the Provost.

For more information about the event, contact Pollard at 313-593-5213 or debpoll@umd.umich.edu.

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