When Folksongs Bring FreedomSunday, February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and Black History Month, Hilliard Greene presents “Milestone Negro Spirituals: When Folksongs Bring Freedom.” This is a lecture and acoustic solo bass performance that brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs of the Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad used a series of songs and coded words to provide secret, safe passage to enslaved people of African descent in their efforts to escape. These uniquely American heritage songs are recognized as a distinct musical genre. The music that will be featured is based on the coded Negro spirituals that runaway slaves used to elude capture.
Hilliard Greene has been acclaimed for composing and performing solo contrabass music since 1984. His solo bass tours have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Formerly musical director for jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, and he is the leader of The Jazz Expressions and member of the Zigzag Quartet.