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 The Message Behind the Music

Posted: February 20, 2010 at 5:04 am; By: Editor  

In celebration of African-American History Month the American Museum of Natural History in Association with Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group presents The Message Behind the Music.


From the Museum's site:


"The Message Behind the Music celebrates African-American History Month with an exploration of the transformative power of song and the shifting cultural influences that drive musical styles."


There will be three performances all presented in the Kaufmann Theater this Sunday, February 21st. Admission is free with your admission to the museum.


  • "Raise It Up!" -- 1-2pm
  • "Since its inception in 1997, IMPACT Repertory Theatre has used the power of music and the creative arts to nurture and empower more than a thousand young people to assume leadership socially, academically, and culturally, a mission echoed in their name. In 2008, IMPACT was nominated for an Academy Award for the song Raise It Up, which was featured in the film August Rush."


  • "Wake Up Everybody" -- 2:15-3:15pm
  • "Heralded as musical prophets with roots in the survival of the African-American family and community, award-winning musicians Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff capture the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1971, this phenomenal duo founded Philadelphia International Records, writing and producing more than 170 gold and platinum records. Artistic Director and Choreographer Obediah Wright will present a corps of dancers and singers in a retrospective tribute to Gamble & Huff featuring classics from the Sound of Philadelphia songbook."


  • "Lift Every Voice…" -- 3:30-5pm
  • "Artistic Director and Broadway actor James Stovall will present excerpts from his original work, "Rivers Run Deep: The Paul Robeson Story." Robeson, son of an escaped slave, became one of the most revered Americans in the world as an athlete, scholar, actor-singer, and activist who championed world peace, justice, and civil rights. With songs such as "Steal Away" and "We Shall Overcome," which became an international anthem for human rights movements, spirituals and hymns created by African-Americans reflect a history of struggle for freedom and human rights. June E. Townes & Gospera is a dynamic ensemble of exquisite singers. They will perform classic Negro spirituals and traditional inspirational music as they have done to great acclaim for local and national audiences."


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