University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 28 2002

The Princely Players to Perform at Concord on February 7

Athens, W.Va. - The Princely Players will be performing at 8:00 p.m., February 7, 2002 in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College.

The struggle for freedom from slavery culminated in the civil rights movement and continues even today; it stands witness to the power and dignity of the human spirit. The essence of this struggle is embodied in the music that helped millions of African-Americans move from the dehumanizing grips of slavery to being citizens of the free world.

In the tradition of the Jubilee Singers and the Fairfield Four, The Princely Players offer evocative and stunning programs on the enslavement and liberation of African-Americans. The songs in their repertoire were the galvanizing force against what must have seemed the most impossible odds. Songs like Amazing Grace, Steal Away, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Down Moses, and Wade in the Water are all testaments that preach the lessons of hope and human dignity.

The ensemble has been featured on TNN and the BBC and has been heard on National Public Radio's Wade in the Water series and the Time-Life Civil War recordings. The Princely Players have collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Nashville Symphony. They have performed at Yale University, Ryman Auditorium, and Little Rock's Festival of Religious Arts, among many others.

Members of the ensemble have recorded with Nashville musicians Randy Travis, Danny O'Keefe, and Kathy Mattea. National Public Radio calls their performance, " a wonderful experience."

The Princely Players blend education and artistic brilliance. Members of The Princely Players are sought after for workshops in the areas of American History, African-American Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies, and Choral Studies. Overall, with song and poetry from the earliest sources of notated and oral African-American music in this country to the civil war and the civil rights movement, The Princely Players deliver performances with superb voices and exceptional stage presence.

Reservations are not required. Tickets are adults $5.00; senior citizens $4.00, and non-Concord students $2.00. Please contact the College’s box office at 1-304-384-5101 for more information.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

Jatin Atre, a student in Concord College’s communication arts department wrote this press release.

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