Emancipation Oratorio world premiere
Date: April 15, 2013
Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
The enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago marked the beginning of an era in which all citizens of the U.S. may enjoy the privileges of peace and equality. Because our hometown of Rochester, NY, is intimately connected with abolition history, the Rochester Oratorio Society www.rochesteroratorio.com commissioned Glenn McClure http://artforbrains.com/ to write "The Emancipation Oratorio." This wonderful new work combines musical ideas, instruments and texts from Ghana, West Africa (where Glenn travels twice yearly on behalf of SUNY-Geneseo), Western New York and the U.K., three of the traditional poles of the Atlantic Slave Trade Triangle. At its premiere on May 18, 2013, audiences will hear Ghanaian talking drum, 19th century texts by Olaudah Equiano and others, texts by pivotal figures in abolitionist history connected with Western New York, American folk music of the 19th century, and solos by the Kenyan soprano Jackline Madegwa and the internationally-renowned vocalists Lawrence Craig and Sean McLeod. The response from ROS members who have been rehearsing this music is positive: all are thrilled with its evident power to change the lives of all who hear and perform it. The first performance will take place on May, 18, 2013, 7:30 P.M. at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Avenue North, Rochester, NY. The second and third performances will be on July 7, 2013 at the Chautauqua Institution. To learn more, please see our Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1092733666/the-emancipation-oratorio-world-premiere and the ROS web site: www.RochesterOratorio.com.