Camerata participated in the Chorus America annual conference hosted in our hometown of CincinnatiÂ in June 2016. Some of our members joinedÂ members of the Cincinnati Symphony’s Classical Roots chorusÂ and composer Donald McCullough to workshopÂ his “Let My People Go!Â A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad”. Fittingly, the workshop was held at Cincinnati’s own Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum.
Here is the excerpt from the Chorus America Website and a playlist so you can hear some of the raw performance workshop excerpts:
From the Chorus America website:
This unique experience celebrates both the African-American spiritual and one of Cincinnati’s most important landmarks. The session takes place at the nearby National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum with a mission “to reveal stories of freedomâ€™s heroes.”
Tour the award-winning museum’s exhibits with composer Donald McCullough as he discusses the inspiration behind his work Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad â€”a powerful piece that weaves together traditional songs and a historically-based script.
With excerpts from the work performed by a demonstration choir made up of members from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and the Cincinnati Camerata, the presentation will delve into the performance practice of singing spirituals and community engagement opportunities.
Speakers / Performers:
William Henry Caldwell