Oratorio: I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It with Tracy K. Smith

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Oratorio: I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It with Tracy K. Smith

United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith presents a ten-poem sequence capturing the lives and stories of African American soldiers and their families during the Civil War.  Derived entirely from historical record, the sequence includes the voices of a mother pleading with President Lincoln to release her son from the army, a soldier sending love his children back home, and deposition statements given by African American veterans, their widows, and descendants hoping to receive their rightful pensions.  Set for choir, soprano and baritone soloists by Composer Aaron Siegel, this oratorio will be a gripping tribute to these overlooked lives and stories at a pivotal time in American history.  The oratorio will be performed by Harlem-based choir Songs of Solomon, under the direction of Bishop Chantel Wright with Soprano Soloist Michele Kennedy and Baritone Soloist Eric McKeever.

Photo: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print. More here FIRST COME, FIRST SEATEDEvents are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.  GUESTSPlease note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGPrograms are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center.
Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library. PRESS Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Amy Geduldig at amygeduldig@nypl.org. Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent..

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