at Lincoln Center and
the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational &
Cultural Affairs announced today The Melvin Williams Group will
tour Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Georgia with The Rhythm
Road: American Music Abroad program. The gospel group from Smithdale,
Mississippi, was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants
to travel abroad and encourage mutual respect and understanding.
International tour activities will include public concerts, master
classes, lecturedemonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, collaborations
with local musicians, and media outreach. Since 2005, 150 musicians
from 39 ensembles have toured with the program, visiting over
100 countries on five continents.
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