The Sounds of Hidden Town: An Auditory Experience with Frank Vagnone, President & CEO
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This tour has an optional date of August 1, 2019
Tour Overview: The enslaved people of Old Salem, known as Afro-Moravian, were restricted from using any traditional tribal African spiritual practices. They were to present a stoic behavior, free of dance or rhythmic expression, one that revealed their conversion to the Moravian form of Christianity. The Sounds of Hidden Town compositions are one of the goals of the Hidden Town Project to interpret the heritage of Afro-Moravian peoples. Come hear the sounds of traditional West African rhythms mixed with the vibrant sounds of gospel and the melody of blues combined with traditional German Moravian spiritual music traditions that form these composition narratives.
This auditory experience is inspired by the lives and experiences of those enslaved in these historic spaces: Bethy’s Attic Room (composition arranged by Peyton Clifford, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts); St. Philips African Moravian Church (Burke Singers: Winston-Salem State University), and The Tavern Room of Reflection & Dialogue (composition arranged by Algernon Robinson, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts).
This tour is facilitated by the President & CEO of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Frank Vagnone.
Tour Start: Please meet at Old Salem Visitors Center. Check in at the ticket desk.
Cost: $50.00 per person. Maximum 20 people per tour. This is an adult tour. For more information please call Shelia Harrell-Roye, Interim Assistant Director of Visitor Engagement, 336-721-7337. PLEASE NOTE: As a fundraiser for the Hidden Town Project, all money raised will go directly back into the Hidden Town Research.
*This is a walking tour with 3 locations no more than ten minutes a part.
St. Philips Brick Church Fully Accessible via ramp in rear building
John Vogler House 1 step up for access from street level, plus two flights of stairs up to the attic.
Salem Tavern Museum Access to 2nd level 16 steps up
PLEASE NOTE: As a fundraiser for the Hidden Town Project, all money raised will go directly back into the Hidden Town Research.
July 30, 2019
August 1, 2019