First Person: Seeing America

October 09, 2014
Thursday at 07:30 pm

As we approach the bicentennial of Portsmouth, we look back at our community and America through the eyes of its writers and photographers. “First Person: Seeing America” is a multimedia production combining traditional and folk music of those who immigrated to America with projected images from the photographic collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Actors read the words of Langston Hughes, Damon Runyan, John Muir, Frederick Douglass and others, telling the story of the nation from the Civil War, Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and other historical events.  The music of the groundbreaking Ensemble Galilei is performed on fiddles, banjo, viola, harp and other traditional instruments, each piece matched to the photos and words of our past.

Some images and readings from Portsmouth’s history will appear as part of the performance.

You can preview the images used from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection here.

Sponsored by Scioto Foundation

Tickets for lower tier seating are $35 regular, $31 senior, $27 students, $15 children under 12. Prices lower in upper tier. Discounts for families.