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Adirondack Folk Opera

In the 1850’s, abolitionist Gerrit Smith (with John Brown, Frederick Douglass and others) gave away over 120,000 acres of Adirondack farmland to 3,000 free blacks in an attempt to fulfill New York State’s onerous property requirement necessary for blacks to vote. This opera brings this complex struggle to life with deeply emotional melodies, driving 19 c. dance rhythms and the dramatic struggle for racial equality and inclusive democracy.

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McClure Productions

Glenn McClure travels the world, seeking the musical voice of the Earth. He listens to the natural world and the people who study it and live within it. From camping on the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica to hiking the Volcanos of Hawai’i, Glenn searches for the place where science and beauty meet. His music and inspirational speeches energize those who care for the planet.

He currently serves as a faculty member at Paul Smiths College. His compositions have enjoyed a wide audience in the US and abroad.

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Emancipation Again

“Emancipation…Again” is a civic, educational and artistic exploration of the legacy of freedom. This web-based, global collaboration will bring scholars, artists, educators, and K12 students together in a variety of forums to share their unique experiences on Emancipation. Musicians and educators in the US, West Africa, and Europe will create joint works of music and art that combine their unique views of their common history…the Atlantic Slave Trade. By sharing these views in music, writing, drama, and visual arts, we can all get a more complete picture of our global heritage.

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Letters to Mother Earth

Partnership with Glenn McClure and Wesleyan University. Dear Mother Earth: Letters to the Planet is an environmental oratorio that celebrates the common environmental hopes of children around the world. Children in Ghana, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Italy, and many other countries have joined their peers in Middletown, Connecticut, to write letters to the Earth. These student writings include gentle observations of the planet’s beauty, gratitude for all the Earth gives them, apologies for mistreatment of the earth and pledges to make their part of the world clean and free of pollution.