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Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Presents EXODUS: DREAMS OF THE PROMISED LAND IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA Today

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Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Presents EXODUS: DREAMS OF THE PROMISED LAND IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA Today

Salon/Sanctuary Concerts presents Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America featuring The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with guest actors Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Jennifer Rau. The Script and Stage Direction is by Erica Gould and Jessica Gould did the program concept and dramaturgy.

There are two performances: today April 5th from 3:00PM and 6:00PM at the Franunces Tavern Museum Flag Gallery, 54 Pearl Street NY, NY 10004

Ticket are $25 Students/ Seniors/EMA/ SRNY/ Museum members, $35 General Admission, $50 Preferred Seating, $200 Front Row and Dinner with the artists in the Fraunces Tavern Restaurant.

For reservations, visit www.salonsanctuary.org, or call 1 888 718 4253

Historic Fraunces Tavern sets the stage for Salon/Sanctuary Concerts' next performance offering: EXODUS: DREAMS OF THE PROMISED LAND IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 3:00pm and 6:00PM at The Fraunces Tavern Museum Flag Gallery in New York City.

Featuring the acclaimed Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with guest actors Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Jennifer Rau, the program is a return of last year's enthusiastically received premiere performance. Directed and with a script by Erica Gould, the project was conceived by SSC Artistic Director Jessica Gould to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The script of Exodus features texts drawn from the writings of Solomon Northrup, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimké, and anonymous slave narratives, with musical selections from American composers William Billings (1746 - 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 - 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns.

Praised for "highly original" and "imaginative" programming and noted for "impeccably curated early-music performances in intimate historical venues," the ever-inventive Salon/Sanctuary Concerts offers Exodus as a special interdisciplinary project for the Passover and Easter season, featuring early American music in one of America's most historically significant structures. Exodus is part of Salon/Sanctuary's on-going series of interdisciplinary pieces that shed light on current political and social issues through the prism of theatre, music, and historical texts.

The staged performance will intersperse musical selections with text from Slave narratives, Abolitionist writings, and other historical material, performed by actors Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Jennifer Rau, and others. Music will feature Shaker Hymns, early African-American Spirituals, as well as works by noted American composers William Billings (1746 - 1800), Abraham Wood (1752 - 1804), Stephen Jenks (1772 - 1856), and M. Durham, the first known American female composer.

Proto-Spirituals and Shaker Hymns interspersed with readings from historical narratives reveal the enduring power of liberation imagery for various "Alien Nations" of early American history and offer a window onto the founding "Promised Land" imagery of American consciousness.

Built in 1719, Fraunces Tavern is the oldest structure in Manhattan. The original site of the departments of War, Treasury, and State where George Washington bid farewell to his troops in 1783 sets the stage for this starkly beautiful American repertoire.

THE WESTERN WIND

Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble's repertoire reveals its diverse background - from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock 'n'roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. The ensemble's demanding performance schedule has included such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, ArtPark, The Ordway Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, The Frick Museum, The Jewish Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Rosalyn Coleman Williams

ROSALYN COLEMAN WILLIAMS
Broadway: The Mountaintop,Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Mule Bone, andThe Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Off-Broadway: world premieres of Whose Family Values and Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate) by Sarah Schulman (Playwright's Horizons/The Women's Project). Other notable New York stage credits include the critically acclaimed Breath Boom directed by Marion McClinton at Playwright's Horizons, The Old Settler at Primary Stages, and most recently Zooman and the Sign at the Signature Theater. Fox Fellow, Outer Critics Circle, Owen Dodson, and Drama League Award winner, Barrymore Award nomination.

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