Judy Collins, Andre De Shields, Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union, Classical Theater of Harlem
Legendary folk singer Judy Collins; folk pop icon Dar Williams; Broadway star André DeShields; award winning actor Stephen Lang; and The Classical Theater of Harlem will bring the words and ideas of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to life on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Cooper Union Great Hall, 7 East 7th St., NYC 10003 (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves) in a special program entitled, "The Civil War in Words and Music." The program, sponsored by Cooper Union, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, is free and open to the public.
The program will feature signers Collins and Williams in concert, reprising songs of the Civil War. The musical portion of the program will be balanced with dramatic readings of speeches by the 16th president and famed abolitionist Douglass by Lang and DeShields. Gospel music will be provided by The Classical Theater of Harlem. The Classical Theatre of Harlem is a not-for-profit professional theatre company that presents original adaptations of works by well-known and contemporary playwrights.
According to famed Lincoln scholar, senior vice president of external affairs for the Metropolitan Museum, and chair of The National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation Harold Holzer, organizer of the event and master of ceremonies for the evening, the participating artists were selected to capitalize on their talents, strengths and past experiences.
"Throughout the nation, there are few living artists who better chronicle the narrative of our country through song than Judy Collins. We consider ourselves extraordinarily fortunate to have the participation of this incomparable artist, who has inspired us with her music for more than 50 years, in this program," Holzer said.