2022/23 Season Tickets are on sale now! Get started
Your Cart UMS
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:00 AM // Michigan Theater

Field Trip
Piedmont Blues:
A Search for Salvation

Photo credit: Andy Tennille
 

School day performance.

Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia. Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric history, and preserved it in a multimedia project. This music-theater experience features a nine-piece band led by Clayton and combines music with projected film, new and archival photography, and the stories of those few musical elders who are still keeping the tradition alive. It makes a testimony of the struggle endured by African Americans in the Southeast during Jim Crow and chronicles the efficacy of the Piedmont Blues as a salve for suffering.

Learning Guide


Download PDF Learning Guide

This performance is 75 minutes in length.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund
3/14/18 11:00 AM
Michigan Theater

Field Trip
Piedmont Blues:
A Search for Salvation

DETAILS

School day performance.

Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia. Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric history, and preserved it in a multimedia project. This music-theater experience features a nine-piece band led by Clayton and combines music with projected film, new and archival photography, and the stories of those few musical elders who are still keeping the tradition alive. It makes a testimony of the struggle endured by African Americans in the Southeast during Jim Crow and chronicles the efficacy of the Piedmont Blues as a salve for suffering.

Learning Guide


Download PDF Learning Guide

This performance is 75 minutes in length.

SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund
Love great music, theater, and dance?

Love great music, theater, and dance?

Surely your inbox has room for one more email... Sign up for notifications on new digital and live performances, plus season updates.

Thanks! We'll keep you updated.