Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad

Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad

February 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
Matthew Mehaffey, conducting the MCP
Ebenezer Baptist Church
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Celebrate Black History Month with this powerful performance of African American spirituals featuring four soloists and two actors backed by the choir.

Set in the backdrop of Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, Ebenezer Baptist Church collaborates with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to host this compelling choral work. The diverse, 140-year-old congregation still gathers near the actual location of an Underground Railroad stop. It was itself a primary meeting place for local civil rights activists in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

Leading the audience along the Underground Railroad through storytelling, the actors will illuminate the secret codes used by those who traversed the Railroad and explain the importance of the era’s songs. The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will open the show with works by contemporary African American composers and will join the adult choir for the final song, a rousing rendition of “Go Down Moses.”

The show’s cast will include internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Elisabeth Stevens, as well as bass Gregg Baker, known for his commanding voice and a favorite of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and native Pittsburgher, tenor Donovan Elliot Smith now touring internationally.

Hope Anthony, actor

Donovan Elliot Smith, tenor

Elisabeth Stevens, soprano

Charles E. Timbers, actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebenezer Baptist Church
2001 Wylie Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Ebenezer Baptist Church is located on the corners of Wylie Avenue, Devillers and Davenport Streets.  For questions about accessibility of specific venues or performances, please contact Maggie Richardson at mrichardson@themendelssohn.org or call 412-926-2488.

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