|Friday, April 17, 9:00pm
|Big Red Barn
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
|$15 (students: $8)
The Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations will celebrate its roots with a concert at 9:00pm on Friday, April 17, 1998, in the Big Red Barn, during the ceremonies marking the dedication of the school's new building. This musical event is a cultural complement to the special exhibit at the Johnson Museum of Workers' Art Between the Wars. Many of the songs highlight the work experiences and contributions of minorities and women.
Here is the line-up of performers (in alphabetical order):
Bev Grant sings traditional and contemporary songs from her multi-media women's labor history project. Her collection is entitled We Were There! Songs of Working Women's History. Some of the tunes are: Cotton Mill Girls, Ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Bread and Roses, and The Ones Who've Gone Before Us.
Colleen Kattau is a singer/songwriter whose performance includes interpretations of Latin American and U.S. folk songs as well as original compositions. Her first CD is About Time. Colleen, who teaches Spanish at Ithaca College, is a director/performer with the Syracuse Community Choir. She will be joined in the concert by David Pandori on percussion and Jim Deutch on mandolin and violin.
Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino) is a guitar-picking, harmonica-blowing, dulcimer-plucking duo who make beautiful music. They appear on seven albums/CDs, including Working My Life Away, a collection that tells the stories of workers in factory and field. The versatile couple's repertoire includes historic ballads, Depression-era tunes and songs of Native Americans.
Jane Sapp has recorded four albums and appeared at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger. Her singing reflects the blues and gospel sounds of her Georgia youth and is deeply rooted in the spiritual, religious and historical experiences of the African-American world. She is a founder of the Black Belt Folk Roots Festival and has written on gospel music for the Smithsonian's African Diaspora Program.
Note: David McCloskey of the Department of Interpretative Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology will interpret the lyrics in American Sign Language.
(Tia Schneider Denenberg)
For information about advance ticketing,
contact Janice Guthrie, Cornell ILR School, Ithaca, NY
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