River of Freedom: The Journey of Black Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Location Lenna Hall

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

A concert of original music, narration and art
In celebration of the Black Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812

Written by Caitlyn Kamminga and composed by Adam Walters, with original artwork by Trinidadian artist, Che Lovelace.

Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Eric McKeever, baritone
William Amsel, clarinet
Aidan Chamberlain, trombone
Pedro Fernandez, percussion
Mia Gormandy, tenor steel pan
Caitlyn Kamminga, double bass
Emma Moon, flute and piccolo
Mark Robbins, horn
TBD, CTC actor

Written for narrator, solo voice and chamber ensemble, River of Freedom recounts the journey of the African American slaves who fought with the British in the War of 1812. In exchange for serving in the Corps of Colonial Marines, the ex-soldiers were given their freedom and land in the south of Trinidad. According to their ancestors, these men were proud of being American and are still known today as ‘Merikins’. Featuring the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, performed by international steel pan soloist Mia Gormandy, and a libretto and overall concept by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra member Caitlyn Kamminga, join us as we explore an extraordinary part of our collective history in the Caribbean, brought vividly to life through poetry, music and art.