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December 2019

Book Talk: “So You Want to Sing Spirituals”

December 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Oxon Hills Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745 United States
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Author and musician Randye Jones will discuss her new book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers. Although the book covers a range of subjects related to studying concert spirituals both for solo voice and choral forces, Jones’ current plan for the talk is to discuss some of the "war horses" and the beautiful "rare gems" in the spirituals song literature and their composers. Jones’ book talk will serve as an opportunity for attendees to participate as…

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April 2020

How Potent Is Thine Hand!: Negro Spirituals by Women Composers

April 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, 1128 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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Concert of Negro spirituals presented by soprano Randye Jones and pianist Marlys Grimm. Composers include: Florence Price, Eva Jessye, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Julia Perry, Betty Jackson King, Lena McLin, Jacqueline Hairston, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Maria Thompson. “Thy various works, imperial queen, we see, How bright their forms! how deck’d with pomp by thee! Thy wond’rous acts in beauteous order stand, And all attest how potent is thine hand!” — From “On Imagination,” by Phillis Wheatley

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May 2020

Lecture: Harriet Tubman and the Songs of the Underground Railroad

May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman became known as “Moses” for her exploits as she led dozens of escaped slaves along the hazardous routes of the Underground Railroad during the antebellum period of the United States. Tubman and others within the Underground Railroad used secret codes, including the singing of specific Negro spirituals, to communicate with one another without the knowledge of those outside the system. What were these songs and how did Tubman and other “conductors” use them so successfully? Music historian…

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