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Performance of Jodi Goble’s “True Witness – A Civil Rights Cantata” Cantorei and Manitou Singers

March 20 @ 3:30 pm

St. Olaf Cantorei and the Manitou Singers will present a performance of True Witness: A Civil Rights Cantata on Sunday, March 20 in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College at 3:30 p.m. The free and open to the public; masks and COVID-19 vaccination are required.

The cantata will be conducted by associate professors of music, James Bobb and Therees Hibbard, and will feature soloists Emery Stephens, baritone, Corain Tate ’13, soprano, April Kim, piano, and Andrew Jacob ’18, organ.

About True Witness

True Witness is a cantata divided into seven movements, all based on texts of African-American women poets, civil rights activists, and leaders. The seven movements are organized as a timeline, highlighting events that contributed to the civil rights movement. It begins with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and ends in 1994 with a scene honoring Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights activist and the widow of Medgar Evers.

Composed by Jodi Goble, True Witness was originally commissioned by Scripps College in 2013 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, pictured above.

The concert will begin with a short discussion of the cantata, led by Bobb and Stephens.


March 20
3:30 pm
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