Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra’s Inaugural Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival: The American Dream. This WRHS African American History Initiative will include brief opening remarks by Dr. Regennia N. Williams on "Dreaming with Our Ancestors and Singing in the Spirit. "
During the antebellum era in American history, enslaved Black people created a body of sacred songs that came to be known as the Spirituals. Today, scholars agree that, "These songs were used in everyday life, and some served as work, sorrow, or jubilee songs, while others carried double meanings containing clues and directions about escaping to a freedom of either this world or the next."
Join us as tenor Steven Weems uses his powerfully rich voice in a concert performance of Black Spirituals that will illustrate the evolving meaning of Black freedom and the history of the Spiritual as "roots music" for Blues, Jazz, and Gospel in America.
This event is free with paid museum admission, and museum admission is always free for WRHS members and individuals with guest passes. Light refreshments will be served, and convenient on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.
For more information on this performance, contact Dr. Regennia N. Williams at [email protected]. For general information on purchasing admission tickets for the Cleveland History Center, visit https://www.wrhs.org/events/finding-the-dream-solo-vocal-performance-by-steven-weems/