Louisville Public Media presents
Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth
A Song Cycle Featuring
Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Scott Moore, Charlie Patton, Aaron May, and Stephen Webber
With Special Guest Wu Fei, composer, vocalist and performer of the guzheng (Chinese zither)
From the Wilderness Trail to the battlefield, from a dastardly land deal to building a fort, from indentured servitude to the meadowlands, from a one room schoolhouse to the university, from birth to love to rape to murder, and back around to a ham breakfast with a patriotic parade: What did these women see and feel? What was in their hearts and dreams? Inspired by a treasure trove of heirloom family photos, documents, and letters, these songs weave through the voices of generations of Kentucky women. String trio, strummed refrains, spoken word, and a cappella plainsong recall slavery, dominion, controversy, emotional turmoil, and an unquenchable desire for independence with titles such as “Sisterhood of Man,” “Red House School,” “The Hysterical Society,” “Dix River Doxology,” and “End of Dominion.”
Rachel Grimes - piano, voice
Joan Shelley - voice, guitar, banjo
Nathan Salsburg - guitar, voice
Scott Moore - violin, voice
Charlie Patton - cello, voice
Aaron May - bass, voice
Stephen Webber - narrator
Creation of The Way Forth was made possible with support from The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Clifton Center. Presented by Louisville Public Media. Additional support provided by Frazier History Museum.
Kentucky Center Members
, order through the Hotlines to receive your FULL BENEFITS, including waived fees. MembersFirst ($100-499 donors), call (502) 566-5144. CenterCircle Members ($500+), call (502) 566-5195. Hotlines are open M-F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Members can purchase tickets for this show starting Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM by calling the Membership Hotline.