Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: The Negro League

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Marcus Shelby's YBG Festival commission delves into the glorious, uplifting and heartbreaking story of African-Americans and the national pastime during the Jim Crow era. 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.

This is what SF/Arts curator Jesse Hamlin has to say about Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: The Negro League :

The engaging Bay Area bassist/composer premieres his latest festival commission, “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues,” a narrated 80-minute work for jazz orchestra and a cast of singers and actors including Kim Nalley and Tiffany Austin.

Event Info
Sep 08
Sat 1-2:30 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens/Outdoor Esplanade
760 Howard St, San Francisco
Info: (415) 543-1718
Venue: 415-543-1718
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