“Let Freedom Sing”

“Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson.” Performances at Takoma Education Campus and Shepherd Elementary School in March 2011

Bruce Adolph of The Learning Maestros. Composer for "Let Freedom Sing"
Bruce Adolph of The Learning Maestros. Composer for “Let Freedom Sing”

“Let Freedom Sing” is a 1-hour opera written for 5th – 8th grade students in Washington DC. The composer Bruce Adolphe and librettist Carolivia Herron interconnected African American and classical musical forms, and incorporated scenes and characters from the history of DC.

Carolivia Herron wrote the libretto for "Let Freedom Sing"
Carolivia Herron wrote the libretto for “Let Freedom Sing”

Dr. Herron introduced the performance, explaining that characters Jo and Jack were based on her mother and uncle who traveled from northeast DC to hear Marian Anderson sing in the 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

Cover of the Libretto of Let Freedom Sing
Cover of the Libretto of Let Freedom Sing

The performances were sponsored by the Takoma Theatre Conservancy with the Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts Society and The Learning Maestros.

Theater Programs, Takoma, Washington DC