Jeannette Sorrell, direction, harpsichord, & program design Amanda Powell, soprano FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020, 7:30PM CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium) London, 1665: A year-long plague held the city in its grip, but haunting folk ballads and laments of Dowland and Purcell wafted from the windows of empty streets. Two centuries later, outbreaks of cholera and dysentery could not prevent Americans – black and white – from singing in joyous harmony at the end of the Civil War. In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, 10 musicians conjure up these two historic pandemics through music, diaries and poems as we celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. WE SHALL OVERCOME.
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