CSO Spiritual Ensemble perfprms ‘No Trouble at the River’

  • Monday, May 13, 2013

The CSO Spiritual Ensemble, a 35-member vocal group focusing on traditional African-American spirituals joins Piccolo Spoleto on Saturday, June 1 with a performance entitled “No Trouble at the River: The Perilous Story of The Underground Railroad” at the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at historic Centenary United Methodist Church, 60 Wentworth Street, downtown Charleston. Director David A. Richardson will lead the ensemble in a moving tribute to the escape network of fugitive slaves known as the Underground Railroad formed in the early 19th century which peaked the mid-1800s consisting of meeting points, secret routes, transportation and safe houses provided by abolitionist sympathizers. Escaped slaves would move north along the route from one way station to the next. “Conductors” on the railroad came from various backgrounds and included free-born blacks, white abolitionists and former slaves themselves.

Spirituals and other songs helped expressed hope for deliverance from their sorrows, and the performance will weave a number of musical selections including “No Trouble at the River,” “Pie Jesu,” an ode to those who lost their life running for freedom, “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water” and “Keep Your Lamps” among others accompanied by historical footnotes from Dr. Karen A. Chandler about the history of this important freedom movement.

General Admission tickets are $21 adults; children or students are $11 with ID. Obtain tickets online at www.piccolospoleto.com, by phone at 866-811-4111 or at the door with cash or check only up to one half hour before each performance

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