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Oh Freedom! Live  

On April the 11th at 7:00 pm Rocky Maffit, Ben Willis, Eric Lambert and I took the stage at the Hainline Theater to bring my showOh Freedom! Live to life as a theatrical performance for the first time.                                     

We would be joined in the performance by the 42 voice Western Illinois University Singers in what would prove to be a truly moving performance.  The final few days had been blur of details;  last minute set changes,writing the image cues, finalizing clearance rights, rehearsing with the band and dealing with lighting, set and sound issues.   The tech crew was changing over the stage from a Sunday night performance with an extremely complex set, to our Wednesday performance.  To say this was a hectic time is a massive understatement!

And yet, when the stage went dark and the first voices began singing We Shall Overcome from the back of the stage, 

it all came together in a way that was almost magical.  I’ve seen this production in my head hundreds of times but to do it live was beyond imagination. The goal now is to tour this show toColleges, Universities, Theaters and Performing Arts Centers and we will be looking for partners to help make that happen.

I’m currently tying up loose ends completing the tech riders for lighting, staging, images and sound that will travel with the show.

 

The goal will be to use a local choir (college, community, Gospel) to sing the choral arrangements. I’ve been mixing the live 24 track recording and we will begin editing the  video for the DVD in early June.  I’ll keep you posted as things develop but in the meantime,  here are some shots of the show and you can hear the first mix of the show finale at this Soundcloud link:

 

 

You can listen to a couple of the tracks from Oh Freedom! below. Find more information about the CD, and purchase your copy- here.