CSO presents ‘The Wind and the Mockingbird: How the Written Word Changed Society’

  • Friday, May 10, 2013

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir is pleased to present “The Wind and the Mockingbird: How the Written Word Changed Society,” a concert theme inspired by literary works “Gone With the Wind” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The concert will be presented on Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street as part of the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto opening weekend. The Berkeley County All County Chorus will make a special guest appearance.

Through dramatic gospel music and historical narration, this performance is inspired by two best-selling literary novels that helped change the tone and course of U.S. race relations.

The performance highlights the work of two female authors each of whom only wrote one seminal work in their lifetime: Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone With the Wind,” a sweeping depiction of the privileged South during the Civil War and Harper Lee’s 1960 “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a personal account of racial heroism set in the Deep South during the Depression. Music and narration will honor these award-winning works that wielded enormous influence in changing America’s view of race relations, prejudice and injustice with their portrayal of strong African-American characters, both later brought to the big screen to massive public appeal.

Both writers took divergent paths after their success — Mitchell would become a Hollywood darling who supported special causes including secret financial support for Morehouse College students via correspondence with its President and South Carolina native Dr. Benjamin Mayes. Lee hibernated, rarely seen in public after her success, despite a masterpiece that touched the lives of millions around the world.

The performance will feature older, more traditional gospel selections including an ode to Hattie McDaniel by Gospel great, Grace Majors-Ramsey performing “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” along with historical narration by Dr. Karen Chandler of the College of Charleston, illustrating the transformational power of literature to alter the attitudes of a nation gripped by a history of racial inequality.

Tickets are $21 for adults; $11 for seniors/students with ID and may be obtained online at www.piccolospoleto.com, by phone at 866-811-4111 or at the door with cash or check only up to one-half hour before performance

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