In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, TND teamed up with theĀ Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale to produce “Freedom” a multi-media program featuring historical readings and reenactments, compelling music, and historical and contemporary imagery, including a full performance of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by Dr. Herbert Martin.

The concert celebrated national and local involvement in the struggle against slavery, and explored issues relating to the role of African Americans in the Civil War, specifically the all-blackMassachusetts 54th regiment. A feature piece celebrated the recently restored Gammon House, a stop along the underground railroad owned by the Gammons, a free black family, who’s eldest son fought and died with the 54th.

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