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Laborfest: Music Show: Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song
Date Saturday July 29
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo’s Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows:
T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 block South on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
47 bus which starts at North Point at Fisherman’s Wharf, travels on Van Ness, 11th St, Bryant and ends at Cal Train Station at 4th and Townsend, then walk on Townsend 2 blocks to 2d Street, then walk 2 block South on 2d to King St, cross King Street to stadium side, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
10 bus which runs from 24th and Potrero, on Rhode Island to 26th St, on Cesar Chavez St to Dakota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, DeHaro, Rhode Island at 16th St, on Townsend to Second Street AND from Van Ness on Pacific to Battery, on Battery to Second St to Third and Townsend, so get off at 2d Street and Townsend, then 1 block South on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side. 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium.
Event Type Concert/Show
Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song
By The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus
The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents a musical biography of Paul Robeson, the great African American artist, athlete, and activist.

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was a glorious basso profoundo and by far the tallest tree in the forest. He was an outstanding scholar, linguist, actor, singer, political activist for the workingclass and athlete.

The script is based on material gathered from primary sources by Alex Bagwell, a Chorus member and ILWU retiree, who interviewed many of Robeson’s associates while they were still alive.

Robeson crossed paths with notable figures of his era, including W.E.B. DuBois, Lena Horne, and Harry Belafonte, but he also touched the lives of countless working men and women. He said, “I have always put my faith and confidence in the working people in all countries and of all colors. I truly believe that they constitute the greatest force in the world for the advancement of all people.”

The concert will trace Robeson’s journey from his youth in New Jersey to Rutgers University and then to Broadway, concert stages, and picket lines around the world. It also addresses Robeson’s encounter with the anti-communist, racist, witch-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee and the notorious Peekskill concert in 1949, at which racist thugs attacked the audience and the performers.

With solos by Bagwell and others, the Chorus will sing many of the spirituals and folk songs from Robeson’s repertoire, in new arrangements by Chorus director Pat Wynne.
Contact: Pat Wynne (415) 648-3457
See also: (Paul Robeson) (Paul Robeson awards) (Discography)
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jun 22nd, 2017 5:40 AM

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