Veteran musician, visual artist showcased

University Park, Pa. -- The music and visual artwork of trombonist and artist Dick Griffin were featured on Penn State's University Park campus on Thursday, Jan. 29, and Friday, Jan. 30, as a variety of Penn State entities hosted the artist in a master class and concert performance.

Through a master class and a concert featuring his music, he presented a taste of his varied art forms as well as some insight into his life's path, beginning with his upbringing along the Gulf Coast and in the segregated south in the pre-Civil Rights era, through to the present.

The masterclass, presented on Thursday in Mueller Lab, was part of Integrative Arts faculty member Ronnie Burrage's INART 297E class, which explores the art of the world, literature, music, film, dance, theater, cultures of expression and relationship as a global community. On Friday evening, Burrage, himself a longtime musician and fellow band-mate of Griffin, introduced Griffin and his talents to a large audience in Esber Recital Hall, lauding Griffin's longstanding presence in the arts community. The evening included a feature performance of compositions by Griffin, some written by him, others performed by him, at times joined by the Centre Dimensions jazz band led by Dan Yoder.

Griffin, a lifelong musician and visual artist, was hosted jointly by UPAC, the School of Music, the Department of Integrative Arts, Penn State Jazz Club and the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee.

For more photos from the events, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1949 online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010