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UNCP presents “Songs and Stories: From Civil War to Civil Rights” concert series February 27

Songs and Stories photo

UNC Pembroke will present Song and Stories: From Civil War to Civil Rights at Givens Performing Arts Center on February 27.

The concert, a joint production of the Departments of Music and History, will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The program will feature the UNCP Jazz Combo I, conducted by Dr. Aaron Vandermeer; the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. José Rivera and accompanied by Akemi Williams; and a Brass Quintet led by Dr. Joanna Hersey, as well as individual musical performances and readings by students and faculty members.

A slideshow of period photographs, interspersed with audio and video clips, will accompany the concert. The finale will feature the Pembroke Elementary School Choir. Artwork by students from Robeson County middle and high schools will be on display in the lobby beginning at 6:45 p.m. and during intermission. 

“All of our Songs and Stories concerts bring together lots of different voices and types of performance, with costumes and images to help audience members immerse themselves in the period,” said Dr. Jaime Martinez, a history professor who directs the concert series.

“This year, we’re highlighting two different periods, with a special focus on 1868 and 1968. The Civil War half of the program will conclude with the ratification of the 14thAmendment, which redefined citizenship in this country. The Civil Rights half of the program, meanwhile, considers many of the actions taken in 1968 by people and organizations fighting for full and equal citizenship.”