In Song and Spirit Announcement

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In Song and Spirit: A Musical Documentary
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7 PM

Join us for a virtual film premiere of In Song and Spirit. Conceived by harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson, this musical documentary weaves together excerpts from Harriet Jacobs's memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl with stories of Jackson's own family history and performances of African American spirituals. In Song and Spirit explores themes of migration, black womanhood, and the empowering role of collective memory in the preservation of African American culture.

The memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was part of Arturo Schomburg's orginal collection of items he sold to the New York Public Library. You may learn more about Mr. Schomburg and his collection on the NYPL site here.

This musical documentary features live performances of the spirituals Deep River and I'm Troubled in Mind, arranged by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and transcribed by Dr. Jackson. This film also features vocalist Freddie June and is filmed and directed by filmmaker Malik Isasis. This premiere will be followed by a talk back with the artists moderated by the founder, Liz Player.

The premiere of the documentary is FREE and will be available on here on YouTube or on our Facebook Page.

7-7:25 PM ET Film Premiere of In Song and Spirit (FREE)
7:30-8:30 PM ET Talk Back with the Artists (via Zoom, ticket required)

Ashley, Malik, Freddie, Liz
Left to right are: Ashley Jackson, Malik Isasis, and Freddie June

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Click here or on the image above to purchase a ticket for the post-premiere Talk Back with the founder Liz Player and artists -- harpist abd scholar Dr. Ashley Jackson, filmmaker Malik Isasis, and vocalist Freddie June.

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The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.


The Harlem Chamber Players last 2020-21 Season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; in part by a grant from Columbia Community Service; in part by West Harlem Development Corporation via the Tides Foundation; in part by a grant from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; in part with funding from the Turrell Fund; in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC; in part by the Manhattan Community Award Program via Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; in part by a grant from the New York Community Trust/Charles E. Culpeper Fund; in part by a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; in part by a grant from J.P. Morgan Securities Charitable Giving Fund; in part by a grant from The M&T Charitable Foundation; in part by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation; in part by a grant from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund; in part by a grant from the Castellano Family Foundation; in part by a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation; in part from a grant from the Richenthal Foundation; and through the generous donations of our supporters and donors. Thanks also to our partners—the Harlem Cultural Collaborative, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Goddard Riverside Community Center, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem One Stop, Broadway Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Manhattanville, Columbia University, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Stage, Composers Now, Talea Ensemble, Harlem Opera Theater, Harry T. Burleigh Society, Opera Noire, Three on 3 Music, Opera Ebony, Chorale Le Chateau, the Newark School of the Arts, Arts High School in Newark,, and the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth, NJ.






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