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songs of freedom & transformation


March 31, 2022


Alva Anderson voice 

LaToya Renea voice + percussion

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Music has been a universal expression of protest and powerful agent of change. Here, it gives voice to the heroic figures portrayed by William H. Johnson in the exhibit, Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson and the Struggle for Social Justice. Listen for hidden messages in songs of the Underground Railroad, hear new songs of freedom and transformation, and lift your own voice in call and response. 


John Coltrane – Song of the Underground Railroad 

Alva Anderson – Lord Take My Hand 

Traditional – Follow the Drinking Gourd

Traditional – Now Let Me Fly

Traditional – Wade in the Water 

Micki Grant – I Gotta Keep Movin’ 

and more...

Harriet Tubman, ca. 1945, by William H. Johnson (American, 1901-1972). Oil on paperboard, 28 7/8 x 23 3/8 inches.

Image courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum.



two composers envision America 


July 14, 2022


Artists to be announced 

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


Hazy, Southern nights, foot-tapping fiddle tunes, and traditional folk songs bring William Eggleston’s ground-breaking photographs of rural America to life. We’ll investigate how the everyday becomes art, and how a contemporary Southerner and a romantic Czech composer translate the sights and sounds of America, in connection with the exhibition, Charleston Collects: William Eggleston Photography.


Jennifer Higdon – Southern Harmony 

Antonín Dvořák – American Quartet



music and the Greek ideal


October 27, 2022


Trio Appassionata 

Lydia Chernicoff violin

Andrea Casarrubios cello

Ronaldo Rolim piano

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street

Charleston, SC 29401


An early Beethoven piano trio embodies the Classical Greek ideals of beauty, clarity and balance (with a subtle self-aware wink). Spanish folksongs, the revival of ancient musical and literary forms, and a riot of color carry Ravel’s architectural and virtuosic work for violin, cello, and piano out of the darkness of WWI and into the light.  See the goddesses, musicians and animals of the exhibition From Chaos to Order leap to life in response. 


Beethoven – Trio in B flat Major,

Op. 11

Ravel – Piano Trio in A Minor




Dates and artists to be announced

The sounds of our modern world and those of centuries past flow together in this program of electroacoustic music. Steve Reich uses recorded speech to generate melody and rhythm in a string quartet that explores the wildly different journeys taken by train before, during, and after WWII. Mason Bates finds a funky groove that seamlessly blends the warmth of a live string quartet with prerecorded sounds and electronics.  


Steve Reich – Different Trains 

Mason Bates – Bagatelles