Go Down, Moses

May 1999

Like jazz, the spiritual is an American creation.  Whether melancholy or joyous, the spiritual speaks with the voice of power and hope.  Black and white spirituals go back at least to the early 1800s, our departure point for this journey.  Using music as our vehicle, we'll move from the Second Great Awakening through the end of the Civil War, and into our own century.  You'll hear many of the grand old African-American spirituals by Hall Johnson, Work, and others, along with new standards by Moses Hogan and Brazeal Dennard.  We'll also take you to Appalachia for haunting white-gospel music, and bring you Peter Saltzman's up-tempo blues arrangement of Go Down, Moses.  Renew your spirits with this uniquely American art form.  Steal away to this perfect concert for spring!

Performance Dates

Saturday: May 15, 1999
8:00 PM

First Unitarian Church
5650 South Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Sunday: May 16, 1999
7:30 PM

First Congregational Church
1417 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday: May 22, 1999
8:00 PM

Unity Temple
875 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Performers

  • Dodie Morris
    Soprano
  • Kathleen O’Brien Dietz
    Soprano
  • Deborah Guscott
    Mezzo-Soprano
  • Susan Schober
    Mezzo-Soprano
  • Cary Lovett
    Tenor
  • Tenor
  • Bass
  • Aaron Johnson
    Bass
  • Jonathan Miller
    Bass