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Upon These Shoulders: Griot Legacies Rise

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 4:30pm

Free Event

Nashville Downtown Library Auditorium

615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

Audience Registration

Upon These Shoulders 2023 Program Book

Upon These Shoulders: Griot Legacies Rise honors and artistically explores historic impressions in the African American journal of racial equity and cultural inclusiveness through footprints of yesterday and today. This event will feature musical performances by Choral Arts Link, W. Crimm Singers (aka Wakanda Chorale), Intersection and Nashville Symphony's Accelerando students woven together with interviews. 


Upon These Shoulders is an annual event, launched in 2017 by Choral Arts Link and Intersection, working with community partners to celebrate the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, historically and today. Performances in this series have included the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Jonathan Bailey Holland exploring race, equity and youth; a celebration of the music of Florence Price, and a 10 day residency by composer and performer Hannibal Lokumbe.

Presented in partnership with Choral Arts Link and the Nashville Symphony's Accelerando Program

Intersection Repertoire

Jonathan Bailey Holland: American Voices (2009) for Trombone Choir

Tamica Nicole, Narrator

Trombone Ensemble

Ryan Brown

Jocelyn Bullock

Rielly Harris

Moses Hatcher

Ryan Hungerpiller

Paul Jenkins

David Loucky

Orlandis Maise *

Jacob Sanchez *

Lincoln Schaaf *

Dayla Spencer *

* Accelerando Student

Concert Sponsors

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