Emancipation Again

The Musical Freedom Trail – Works by Glenn McClure

“Voices of Timbuctoo” – John Brown Day’s Blog – May 11th John Brown Farm Concert

Posted on May 12, 2013

We traveled to the John Brown Farm Historical Site just outside of Lake Placid for the second performance. The performance of “Voices of Timbuctoo” kicked off a full day of music, speakers, and commemorations for the work of John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and other North Country Abolitionists.  We gathered under a large tent for African drumming and dance, a monologue by the famous...

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“Voices of Timbuctoo” – John Brown Day’s Blog – May 10th Premier

Posted on May 12, 2013

Everything a composer could want. The performance was right on!  The choir, the soloists, the accompanists played every bit of soul that this piece had to offer (and a little more than I expected in some cases!).  But that wasn’t all. The church was packed.  By some estimates, there were upwards of 500 people there. Now, a couple weeks ago, I played at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in...

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Voices of Timbuctoo Performance – Saranac Lake

Posted on May 10, 2013

New music will be performed tonight and tomorrow in Saranac Lake and North Elba as part of the John Brown Day events. Voices of Timbuctoo is a new work based on the Adirondack settlement of Black farmers in the mid-1800’s designed to secure voting rights. Abolitionist Gerrit Smith gave away 120,000 acres of his land, beginning in 1846, hoping the Adirondack wilderness would offer refuge to...

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