Saturday, March 16, 2019 3 p.m. Gore Recital Hall
River of Freedom is an arts-integrated work written for narrator, solo voice and chamber ensemble. The piece brings history to life through words by Caitlyn Kamminga, music by Adam Walters and art by Che Lovelace.
This is a 200-year-old tale of the journey of the enslaved African-Americans who fought with the British in America’s Second War of Independence of 1812 in exchange for freedom and land in Trinidad. According to their ancestors, who still reside in the south of Trinidad, these men were proud of being American and were known from then on as the ‘Merikins’.
The work will be performed by Ibis Ensemble, a group founded by and made up of members of the music faculty of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. The creation of River of Freedom was made possible by generous support from the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, by the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation, and by the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
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The River of Freedom USA presentation was made possible by generous support from the University of Delaware’s College of Arts & Sciences, Paul R Jones Initiative (PRJI).