Performers Kim and Reggie Harris will present “Music and the Underground Railroad” as the fall concert of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series at William Woods University.
A concert of songs, stories and narratives about slavery and the quest for freedom, the performance will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
During the program, which is free and open to the public, the performers will blend their talents as composers, singers, storytellers, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates.
According to the Harrises, their songs “reveal the hope, power and ingenuity of an enslaved people who used their traditions, passion and resources to express their faith, strengthen their relationships and communicate important information that led many of them to freedom.”
Years of touring have provided Kim and Reggie Harris opportunities to open for and perform with a diverse array of artists, such as Jay Leno, Pete Seeger, Michael Keaton, Sinbad, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Leontyne Price, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Janis Ian and Joan Baez.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the couple now lives in upstate New York and continues to tour and perform around the world. They have been featured in performance at the Kennedy Center at the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Pike’s Peak Center, the Philadelphia and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the International Children’s Festival and at many other colleges, universities, clubs, art centers and performing arts centers and performing arts venues.