Planning for the Spirituals Choir’s 2018 season is now under way. We perform at schools, libraries, churches, and special events, indoors or outdoors — mostly on Martha’s Vineyard, but sometimes we travel further afield. Our presentations are an eloquent mix of music and stories about where the slave songs came from and what they meant to their singers. If you’d like more information, leave a comment here and I’ll pass it along to choir director Jim Thomas. Or you can contact Jim directly by email at Jim@US-SlaveSongs.org or by phone at 703-407-1207.
All locations are on Martha’s Vineyard unless otherwise noted. More events will be added as dates are confirmed.
Sunday, May 20
11:30 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn Ave., Vineyard Haven. The choir participates in the dedication of a new plaque on the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard. The trail commemorates significant African-American individuals and organizations in the Vineyard’s history.
Friday, June 15
8:30 a.m., Tisbury School. A presentation of the slave songs and their history for Tisbury School middle-schoolers.
Saturday, July 7
2 p.m., Chilmark library
Thursday, July 12
2 p.m., Tabernacle, Campground, Oak Bluffs. Part of “Catch the Spirit! Youth Camp Meeting @ OB Tabernacle.” We’ll be doing a full 40-minute program.
Saturday, July 14
3 p.m., Edgartown library.
Saturday, July 21
7:30 p.m., Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs. The choir’s biggest presentation of the season, and a fundraiser for the U.S. Slave Song Project.
Sunday, July 22
11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Society, Main St., Vineyard Haven. The slave songs and their history are incorporated into the UU’s Sunday meeting.
Thursday, July 26
4:30 p.m., Oak Bluffs library.
Friday, July 27
6 p.m., State Beach, Oak Bluffs. The choir participates in the M.V. Hebrew Center’s Friday services on the beach.
Sunday, August 5
6 p.m., East Chop Lighthouse. Bring a chair or blanket or something to sit on and listen to the spirituals as the sun sets. Weather permitting.
Tuesday, August 7
4:30–5:30 p.m., West Tisbury library.