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Wilder Community Services for Aging and VocalEssence Event, WITNESS: Underground Railroad

Wilder Community Services for Aging and VocalEssence are pleased to announce WITNESS: Underground Railroad, a series of interactive musical arts events that highlight St. Paul's historical connection to the Underground Railroad and celebrates our continued role as modern sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. 
 
All events will be held at Wilder Community Services for the Aging, 650 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul. Suitable for an intergenerational audience of adults, older adults and youth elementary school-age and older, each event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Thanks to support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, all programs are free and open to the public but pre-registration will be required. 
 
Mark your calendar now for this series featuring many of the Twin Cities' most accomplished artists. To receive additional information and updates about this series, including pre-registration information, please call 651-280-2273. 

Creating a Freedom Song, January 21, 2017

Songs have been powerful change agents throughout history. Come and create your own "freedom song" with noted actor and performer T. Mychael Rambo and Anita Ruth, well-known theatrical musical director.

Community Sing Along, January 28, 2017

Add your voice to a community sing-along led by Phillip Schoultz III, associate conductor of VocalEssence and award-winning educator and singer.

Dancing to Freedom, February 4, 2017

Blending traditions of West Africa and the Americas, dancer and choreographer Patricia Brown will inform and engage participants in African and American traditions of dance.

Building Rhythms, February 11, 2017

Find your rhythm with producer and professional drummer Brandon Commodore by creating "homemade" percussion and other instruments.                                  

Singing Freedom Songs from the Underground Railroad, February 18, 2017

Experience the power of songs of liberation and freedom with Melanie DeMore, a nationally-recognized 'vocal activist.'
 
NOTE: A separate event from the series above will incorporate the artistic aspects learned. To see how it all comes together, you can purchase tickets for Vocal Essences' 2017 WITNESS Concert, which will take place on February 19, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Tickets ($10-$40) can be purchased through the Vocal Essence website. Order soon as tickets are selling quickly!