Friday, February 2, 2018 | 7:30PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
Songs of Freedom explores how communities along the Underground Railroad used spirituals to communicate and inspire hope in the pursuit of freedom. Though primarily expressions of faith, these spirituals may have served as disguised protests. A source of comfort and strength, these songs imagined a life of freedom and created a sense of unity and broader community among slaves. This program will draw on the work of Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, of Hampton University and Norfolk State University, respectively. Both will lend their insights as part of the evening.
Benjamin Rous, conductor
This concert is made possible by funding from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.