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Rochester Oratorio Society - Frederick Douglass at 200

16 Feb, 2018 7:30 PM — 16 Feb, 2018 9:30 PM    50 North Plymouth Avenue Rochester New York United States
Event summary
Statesman, orator, business and civic leader, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass made his home in Rochester for a generation. With this performance, the Rochester Oratorio Society mounts a Bicentennial commemoration of his life through readings, re-enactment, and music.
Event details

Renowned Douglass re-enactor and Nazareth College faculty member Dr. David Anderson offers renditions of some of Douglass’s most revered writings between sections from American composer Kirke Mechem’s settings entitled Songs of the Slave, from his opera, John Brown. Students from Rochester Public School #12, who memorize Douglass passages yearly, will recite them for the ROS audience.

The featured work on the program is The Emancipation Oratorio by world-renowned Geneseo composer Glenn McClure, which the Society commissioned and premiered in 2013. This exciting and moving piece combines texts by Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Harper, and contemporary slave narratives in music employing Western instruments, African percussion, and Western New York folk instruments. The Rochester East High School Choir joins the ROS to close the program in rousing fashion with the gospel tune "Lord I’m free," by New York composer, Steve Dobrogosz. 

For tickets and more information, visit the Rochester Oratorio Society website.


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    16 Feb, 2018 7:30 PM — 16 Feb, 2018 9:30 PM
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