2-21-12: Fortune’s Bones
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland College Park is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season. This weekend, a performance of a new piece by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will serve as the centerpiece of this year-long anniversary celebration. Fortune’s Bones: A Manumission Requiem is a cantata for large chorus, orchestra, soloists, and African bells, which tells the story of an enslaved African who served a doctor in Connecticut until his death in 1798.
Fortune’s Bones: A Manumission Requiem will be performed Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Both performances are preceded by a pre-concert lecture. Dr. Stanley Thurston will conduct the Heritage Signature Chorale and a large cast of other artists, including Marilyn Nelson, the poet who wrote the libretto. More information at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center website.
Dr. Ysaye Barnwell is a composer, performer, and teacher who is known to many as a member of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Here, she tells Tom the story behind Fortune’s Bones.
And in this extra segment just for the web: Dr. Barnwell explains what it means to be–or at least be called–a “culture bearer”: