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Join The Marcus Shelby Quintet for a stunning concert celebrating the evolution of American social movements through music, from the founding era to today.
Featuring Tiffany Austin (vocals, narration), Howard Wiley (tenor sax), Adam Shulman (piano), Jeff Marrs (drums), and Marcus Shelby (bass, narration), the Quintet celebrates inspiring characters and the role of music in American history.
Shelby has created original compositions about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other pivotal protest movements and figures in American history. The concert also showcases re-arranged standards, blues music, pop songs, rhythm and blues, poetry, and narration, all of which highlight how music was and is an integral part of creating the United States.
Our ticket price also includes admission to the "Creating the United States" exhibits in the galleries at the Skirball -
In the crucial weeks leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, with the future of America hotly debated every day, discover how our nation's founders managed to build a strong and resilient republic—even in the face of political turmoil in their own time.
Adapted from an exhibition organized by the Library of Congress, where it was seen by some two million visitors in the library's historic setting, Creating the United States illuminates how the founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—were forged out of imagination and vision, as well as collaboration and compromise. While fulfilling the principles laid down by the founders has been a struggle throughout the centuries, the documents they painstakingly wrote are living instruments, essential to the evolution of America and its future.
"It is a very rare opportunity to see these humble, handwritten pages up close," wrote Robert Kirschner, Skirball Museum Director, in a recent SkirBlog post. "They are surprisingly small. The ink is faded. The penmanship itself is an artifact. Yet these documents are as eloquent and powerful as any ever written. When their faded ink was fresh, the world was ruled by kings..."
On view are original documents and autograph letters by George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson; a first edition of Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776); engravings by Paul Revere; a William J. Stone copy of the Declaration of Independence (1847); a Members Edition of the United States Constitution (1787); a facsimile of Jefferson's desk on which he drafted the Declaration of Independence; and an original copy of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (1863). Rarely has the history of American democracy been so vividly assembled for public exhibition in Southern California.