It’s that time again… Healdsburg Jazz is now accepting enrollment in this year’s Freedom Jazz Choir, to practice and perform Marcus Shelby’s newest work for big band and choir, the suite “Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land.” You can sign up now online.
The oratorio tells the compelling story of Tubman, born a slave, who escaped at the age of 29 to dedicate herself to challenging the grave injustices in her day. She ran a series of missions to rescue more than 300 slaves, and set up the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later led a raid into enemy territory during the Civil War, and was active in the women’s suffrage movement. She died in 1913, at the age of 93.
Once again, this will be an all-volunteer vocal group; participation is free, and open to all regardless of age, background or ability. If you sang with us last year you are welcome to join us again (you will need to re-register, however); if you did not, here’s your chance.
Our only requirement is that you commit to all five rehearsals, and three performances. Rehearsals are on alternate Saturdays, March 8 to May 10, at the Community Baptist Church in Santa Rosa. You can find a complete list here of rehearsals and the performances – including the climactic one, on June 5 at the Raven Theater, during the 2014 Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
The choir is a free-of-charge ensemble that will bring diverse communities together for a rich musical experience. It is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.