A Spectacle of Music

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Enjoy an afternoon of musical performance celebrating the sounds of 18th century Newport. A Spectacle of Toleration event marking the 350th anniversary of the King Charles II Charter. Admission is free, donations welcome.

1PM: Ministers of Apollo

The Ministers of Apollo will present a fife & drum performance featuring traditional military music from the American Revolution.

2PM: Mother Earth Singers

Traditional Native American drum and singing courtesy of the Dighton Intertribal Council.

3PM: Gerard Edery and Meg Okura

Gerard Edery, who has been hailed as “a master of Sephardic song.” by The New York Times, and violinist Meg Okura, will present “Treasures of Sephardic Song”. This concert traces the surprising and exotic musical synergies between Christians, Arabs and Jews from Medieval Spain to the present. Secular and liturgical songs from Ancient Persia, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, The Balkans and Syria will tell a rich musical story and promote the cause of cross-cultural appreciation and understanding.

4PM: Stuart Frank and Mary Malloy

Dr. Stuart Frank, Senior Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, joins his wife, Mary Malloy, to sing 18th and 19th century ballads and songs. This concert is based upon Rhode Island sources in whalemen’s shipboard journals from the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s collection.