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Emancipation concert

My choir will be participating in a concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The person in charge has a gospel music background so I anticipate that we will be doing at least one gostpel piece.  Does anyone have any suggestions of other pieces that might be appropriate?  I have a HS SATB choir  of 35 which performs moderately difficult music.  (I do know the "Freedom is Coming" rep and I have read the responses to the "social justice songs for a liberal church thread on this forum.")
Shelley Kline
on July 7, 2013 1:55pm
"Oh, Freedom!" by John Purifoy (!/10309732.item) is great. It uses "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and also includes a section where Purifoy sets text taken directly from the Emancipation Proclamation.
It's from a large work in which it's segued into from another piece that's a medley of "Go Down, Moses" and "Slavery Chain Done Broke At Last", which has yet to be published, but if you get in contact with Mr. Purifoy I'm sure he'd give you permission to perform it.
If you're interested in either piece I'd be glad to scan and e-mail you some pages.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on July 8, 2013 4:07am
My community choir NoVA Lights Chorale just had a "Voices of Freedom" concert celebrating emancipation.  You need at least two strong soloists for this program. 
Rollo Dillworth's "Freedom Train" (Hal Leonard, with parts of several spirituals and 'We Shall Overcome') was a lively opener, and segued into the ancient call for freedom, Moses Hogan's "Go Down Moses," (Hal Leonard) sung by TTBB with soloist. 
Then we did Linda Twine's cantata "Changed My Name," with speaking parts by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.  Linda Twine has done a brilliant job of arranging some traditional spirituals, and weaving the dramatic readings into the songs.  She also added two moving original songs, "The Auction," and "The Runaway."  You can hear clips at  The cantata is published by Hinshaw.
About 1 hour and very well received by the community.
on July 8, 2013 1:21pm
"Lift Every Voice for Freedom" is a marvelous piece by Moses Hogan.  Weaving "My Country 'Tis of Thee into "Lift Every Voice and Sing", this little known piece always elicits great comments from African American audiences.
on July 9, 2013 1:25pm
Total Praise   by Richard Smallwood
Ain'-A That Good News!  (Mixed Chorus)
Tuskegee Choir Series
by Williams L. Dawson
No. T103-A
Music Press Tuskegee Institute, Al.
Neil A. Kjos Music Co., Park Ridge, Il. 60068 - Sole Distributor
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