Free 'On the Freedom Trail' Performance

by Press Release-Burlington County | Jan 30, 2006
Free 'On the Freedom Trail' Performance In celebration of Black History Month, on Saturday, Feb. 11th the Burlington County Freeholders will sponsor a free musical show, “On the Freedom Trail,” performed by the “Follow the Drinking Gourd” trio in Palmyra.

The performance will be held at 3 p.m. at the Success in the Word Church, 21 W. Broad St., one block from the Palmyra RiverLINE station stop.

(Parking is limited.) Advance registration is required by calling the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at (609) 265-5068.

Follow the Drinking Gourd consists of two singers and pianist who chose the name of their group from a song used to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. “On the Freedom Trail” begins with freedom songs and spirituals and moves on to ragtime, Duke Ellington songs and numbers from the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,” including narration and visual images.

The trio consists of soprano Julie-Ann Whitely, a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and national winner of the Leotyne Price Vocal Arts Competition; bass Ivan Woods, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Singers Chorale, and pianist Diane Goldsmith who has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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