2-21-12: Fortune’s Bones

February 21, 2012 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell

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”:


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