Many familiar faces at the reading of the new script of 1854 (no longer an opera). Front and center was Pastor Ernest Belisle as Frederick Douglas. The Slave Song Choir with Chilmark members Corrie Stone and Lorna Andrade. Lorna also was instrumental in the entire production. Claire Ganz played a child. Phil Dietterick accompanied the choir and played a great introduction on the organ. Joe Keinan ( a sailor) and Kate Taylor (a women’s suffragette) each sang an unaccompanied solo.
1854 is about and inspired by, the Vineyard mid-19th century abolitionist movement . Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5 pm at Union Chapel.
See the links below to learn more. Listen to sample here. Beautiful!