Clap Your Hands
African-American music (spirituals, folk-blues, and gospel music) has profoundly influenced both musical and political movements throughout our nation’s history. Clap Your Hands explores the rise and changing roles of music in the African-American community: as a mental release during trying times, a vehicle for communication in the Underground Railroad, and a “common ground” during the Civil Rights Movement. A talented ensemble led by celebrated pianist and Berklee College of Music professor, George Russell, Jr., explores one of America’s most popular musical genres, by highlighting its various styles throughout history. George Russell and his group feature everything from the Thomas Dorsey spirituals of the 1930s to the 1960s hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. For grades PreK–2, narration is condensed, emphasizing the musical portion of the program.
Audience Limit: 300-600
Curriculum Connection: African-American Music, History, Civil Rights
Audience up to 300
Single Show: $1,275
Audience of 301-600
Single Show: $1,575
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Note: Audience limits strictly observed to improve learning experience
Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts
4 reserved parking spaces
Bottled water for 5 members
2 independent electrical outlets (if not available, 3 extension cords must be provided)
Center aisle through audience, if possible
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 15 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes
Teacher participation is expected.
Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.