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Published on Jan 30, 2011
During January and February 2011, Kentucky Opera will tour Oh Freedom! The OH FREEDOM! musical journey begins in Africa and follows a chronological path from the Middle Passage to songs of slavery to the Civil Rights movement and finally to the election of the first African-American President of the United States. Audiences will learn how the music of West Africa became the call and response songs of slavery and how codes were hidden in the songs to help slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. The journey continues to New York and the Harlem Renaissance as well as the world of opera with Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS. We recognize the importance of the great African-American opera star Marian Anderson and her role in the Civil Rights movement. And we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The musical journey ends with the performance of A CHORUS OF HOPE composed specifically for OH FREEDOM! by Louisville composer and musician, Harry Pickens.