Post Date: 06/06/2020

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Early Music Access Project and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation are pleased to partner for a special online event, Expanding the Narrative: Centering Black Music at Colonial Williamsburg, premiering at 3pm on Sunday, June 6 on the Colonial Williamsburg Facebook page.

Click here to access the event’s Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/1vJ9Mz5kc

David McCormick and Loren Ludwig from Early Music Access Project open the episode with an interview of actor Jamar Jones and violinist Jenny Edenborn of Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Musick, collaborators on The Musick that Binds, a theatrical interpretation of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved manservant Jupiter Evans. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the show through rehearsal footage of a key scene. Dylan Pritchett, a founder of Colonial Williamsburg’s Black Music Program, offers up a history of that program and a look at the various musical traditions he has spent decades interpreting. Banjo and fiddle player Wayne Hill then provides a demonstration of Black instrumental folk traditions. The episode closes with a live continuation of the conversation, with Facebook viewers invited to submit questions to the panel.

This program is FREE and will continue to be available after the premiere on both Facebook and the Early Music Access Project YouTube channel. This episode is the second in the ongoing Expanding the Narrative series from Early Music Access Project, created to center voices of color in the study and performance of early American music.

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