Renowned pianist to lecture, perform at UW-Platteville

Dr. Nnenna Ogwo
Dr. Nnenna Ogwo

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education and Department of Performing and Visual Arts will welcome guest lecturer Dr. Nnenna Ogwo on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, for the lecture-recital “Acts of Daring: Embracing the Complex Challenges of Identity and Forging a Distinctive Path in Music, the Arts and Education.” The event is free and open to the public.

Ogwo will reflect on her life in music as a performer, educator and executive and artistic director of Juneteenth Legacy Project, a New York City-based musical collective of black, classically-trained musicians who perform music of the African Diaspora that was founded by Ogwo in 2019. Her perspective on the challenges of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity and class will provide the foundation for her discussion around identity, artistry and education.

Ogwo performs a stylistically wide-ranging program that is a sonic biography of her life in music. She has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean and the United States in venues ranging from grand stages to intimate museums, church sanctuaries and rooftop bars. For more information about Ogwo, visit

The lecture-recital was organized using the Olga and Ray Guest Lecturer Fund, which was established in honor of Olga and Ray Lange, parents of Dr. Carol Lange, UW-Platteville Emeritus Professor of Education (1994-2006), to allow faculty financial assistance to bring guest lecturers into the classroom to enhance the educational experiences of students at the UW-Platteville.