"Scenes and Songs from
Fannie Lou: At Carnegie Hall"
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
This one-night-only special event at the world-renowed Carnegie Hall will feature selected music and dialogue from the new musical Fannie Lou, inspired by the life and work of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The unique evening, taking place Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014,
also will serve to raise funds for the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.
Please note that this is a not-for-profit event. All revenue that is not donated to the Center for Law and Social Justice will be applied directly towards production costs.
Tickets are now available.
The Evening’s Events
First Half: Exploration and Discussion
Just who was Fannie Lou Hamer? And why was it so difficult for her and others like her to vote? And why did they put up with it for so long? And who were the people stopping them?
And … and … and …
The first half of “Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou: At Carnegie Hall” will consist of an interactive discussion – an old-fashioned “teach in,”
if you will -- about circumstances that serve as
a backdrop for the musical. This section of the evening also will include comments about how the musical Fannie Lou evolved.
And, we are very honored to welcome
Ms. Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., during this portion of the evening.
Ms. Simmons is eecutive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Among CLSJ's primary emphases is the protection of voting rights. Ms. Simmons will give a presentation about the work CLSJ is undertaking and contemporary circumstances that dictate the need for engagement. The nonprofit CLSJ is a beneficiary of this event. To purchase "Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou: At Carnegie Hall" tickets that will directly benefit CLSJ, go here.
This half of the event should be of particular value to teens and young adults who might not have heard about Fannie Lou Hamer or know of the hard-fought struggle for voting rights. It is designed to encourage further discussion among families, individuals and communities, and to emphasize the need for voter participation.
Second Half: Performance
During the second half of “Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou: At Carnegie Hall,” audience members will hear and see performed, in
concert format, a selection of original music and dialogue from the new musical Fannie Lou. All of the scenes and songs are from the
full-length production. More than a dozen musical selections and vignettes will be presented. The music is a unique, organic mix of blues, folk, pop, opera, jazz, spoken word and traditional musical theater. Samples can be heard here.
This half will feature a number of the cast members and musicians from the 2012 world premiere. Audience members also will have the pleasure of meeting several new faces among the talented actors and singers performing. (An article about the upcoming performance can be found here.)
Plus, there will be a special tribute to two outstanding talents whose selfless contributions helped shape the musical Fannie Lou:
Cheri Hunter and Rich Abrams
We’re looking forward to seeing you at
"Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou: At Carnegie Hall.”
The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, beginning
at 7:30 p.m. Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall is located at
57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York City.
See you there!