As the Civil War raged on, concerned businessmen, politicians and abolitionists fought hard against slavery. Poetry set to popular and religious tunes, work songs, and Negro spirituals served as a redemptive balm for many African-Americans during this time. Music provided moments of sustenance and hope for otherwise tortured bodies and souls. Join us as famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass recounts the tragedies and victories of those turbulent war years, set to music of the enslaved, in a special performance by the world-renowned voices of Opera Ebony.
Opera Ebony enriches the lives of people throughout the world with thrilling operatic and concert performances. From performances of Mozart in Harlem to African-American Heritage concerts in Iceland – Gershwin in Moscow to Duke Ellington in the Caribbean, Opera Ebony is considered one of the world’s great cultural treasures. Benjamin Matthews, Sister Mary Elise S.B.S. and Wayne Sanders founded Opera Ebony in 1973. Since then, the company has served as a professional platform for thousands of American artists, administrators and technical staff helping them to refine their talent and perfect their craft. Performing artists with Opera Ebony include La-Rose Saxon and K’idar Miller.
Masud Olufani is a visual artist and actor born in Los Angeles, California and raised in New York City. He holds a BA from Morehouse College, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has appeared in Being Mary Jane for BET television, Devious Maids for the Lifetime Network, and in Johnathan Demme’s new series for A&E Line of Sight. He has also starred as Malcolm X in the award-winning play The Meeting, about an imagined meeting between civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King JR and Malcolm X. He resides in Atlanta and is represented by the People Store. His mixed media sculptures have been exhibited in Lacoste, France; Hong Kong, China; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently the TCP Artist in Residence for the Creatives Project in Southwest Atlanta.
All of this historical greatness is taking place on Sunday, August 10 at 3 pm, featuring Opera Ebony with Masud Olufani as Frederick Douglass. Ticket prices are: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8. You can get your tickets HERE