Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 24, 2012 10:26 AM |

The Washington Performing Arts Society presents this musical tribute to an African-American slave who served as a doctor in post-Colonial Connecticut, which grew out of a book-length poem written by Marilyn Nelson. Nelson will narrate from her poem for this cantata, with music by Ysaye Barnwell, featuring the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, along with soprano Shannon Finney and baritone VaShawn McIlwain, among others. The music, including spirituals, is billed as celebrating "the fullness of African-American life." Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets are $40. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit

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