Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents Marcus Shelby Orchestra - Blackball: The Negro League and the Blues

When
Sat Sep 8
Where
Yerba Buena Gardens
Time
1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost
Free
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Music

Description

Marcus Shelby, YBGF’s resident composer, is a masterly bassist, charismatic bandleader, and award-winning composer. But it’s probably most accurate to describe him as an American griot whose music explores the stories too often overlooked and diminished in the history books. In his latest YBGF commission he delves into the glorious, uplifting and heartbreaking story of African-Americans and the national pastime during the Jim Crow era with “Blackball: The Negro League and the Blues.” An 80-minute composition written for the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, vocalists, and narrator, “Blackball” is inspired by the character, love, courage, brilliance, failure, and humor of Negro League players who made far-reaching but oft-overlooked contributions to American life during the years from Reconstruction through the 1950s.

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  1. Yerba Buena Gardens Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA