Opening Day of For Whom It Stands
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Join us May 17, 2014 for opening day of our exhibition For Whom It Stands. Enjoy an oral history performance and a Q&A session in the gallery with music curator Shodekeh.
Oral History Performance:
O Say Can You Feel - Stories Inspired by National Flags
11am & 1pm
The image of the national flag can evoke strong emotions and memories. In the premiere of this oral history performance, a group of individuals share their true, personal stories of flag-related memories, including a man who was neighbors with the men who brutally murdered Emmett Till and went on to lose his fiancée on 9/11. Weaving music, poetry, movement and song throughout, this powerful program stirs us to reflect on our own relationship to our flag, our country, and to each other. The director, Harriet Lynn of Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium, leads a post-performance discussion between the participants and the audience. More info.
Q&A with Music Curator Shodekeh
Meet our music curator for an informal Q&A session where you can ask how he selected the pivotal interpretations of the national anthem for the sound installation in the exhibition.
Shodekeh is a beat box artist who uses vocal percussion to vocalize everything from ocean waves to sleigh bells. He currently serves as faculty and musical accompanist for Towson University's dance department and has served as music faculty at The American Dance Festival @ Duke University. His commissions over the years include opening for President Bill Clinton at a Maryland state reception with The Coppin State University Choir and "Fuse Muse" with percussionist Brian Prechtl of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded a 2006-2007 residency with The Johns Hopkins Modern Dance Company, The 2007 Artist Studio Residency at The Creative Alliance at The Patterson, grants and commissions for The United States Embassy of Lithuania's 2009 and 2010 Month of American Culture Program and placement on The Maryland State Arts Council 2009-2013 Touring Artist Roster Program.
* This program has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.