The Smithsonian Institute gears up to launch its New Harmonies tour to different states including Minnesota. It plans to take the show on the road featuring what they bill as a musical history exhibit. The Tour will be passing through Minnesota, Ohio, Mississippi, New Jersey and North Carolina. The communities in these states are expected to take the lead in hosting the performances and other activities tied up with the exhibit.
The Smithsonian Institute plans to use this project to showcase some of America’s most valuable musical stories. The museum’s officials said that there are wide varieties of music that we can’t just overlook, and added that the New Harmonies will be treated as an overview of American musical history.
Part of the project’s goal is to hold the exhibit in community buildings, historical locations, libraries and performance venues in both remote areas and sub-cities. The initial presentation is planned to take place in Asbury Park, New Jersey from March 12th – April 17th . As planned, the presentation will be used as a way to exhibit not only the Smithsonian program, but also promotions and programs in the local areas the exhibit visits. This will connect the national history with individual experiences in different cities that the exhibit takes place.
With the theme of being historical, the exhibit plans to go to a deeper level on sacred music, presenting how Elvis Presley discovered his passion for music when he started singing in church. Folk music that supported civil rights movements is also a major part of the theme.
At the same time, narratives in the form of both written and oral stories, as well as musical renditions which did not get much attention during their times, will be accentuated in Minnesota’s New Harmonies tour which is also planned to begin March 12th. On one project, the organizers plan to explain how various cultures utilized a local ballroom to bring them close together. Hopes are high to see the first five tours successful.
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