Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story
Composer: Adolphus Hailstork
Librettist: David Gonzales
Other Artistic Personnel: Mary Tensing (Dramaturg)
James R. Cassidy (Conductor)
Sheila Ramsey (Director)
Original Cast: Terry Cook (John Parker)
Andrea Jones-Sojola (Miranda Parker)
Daniel Weeks (Rev. John Rankin)
Jeremy Cady (Sroufe)
John Christopher Adams (Mr. McDowell)
Kearstin Piper Brown (Mrs. McDowell)
Premiere Date: October 13, 2007
Producing Company: Cincinnati Opera
Description: Having bought his way out of slavery, John P. Parker is now a successful inventor of machinery and owner of an iron foundry in Ripley, Ohio. The opera begins with Parker embarking on the most difficult mission of his long career as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. A cruel Kentucky slave owner named Sroufe, who also is a customer of Parker, drunkenly dares him to come on his land and try to steal his "property" to "run away" one of his slaves. Not a man to back away from a good challenge, Mr. Parker faces and overcomes a series of harrowing obstacles as he, with the support of the Ripley townsfolk, succeeds in bringing the McDowell family across the river and on their way to safety. This central adventure in
Rise for Freedom is drawn from John P. Parker's deeply moving autobiography His Promised Land.
Reviews: Chip Chandler, The Amarillo Globe-News; Andrew L. Pincus, Berkshire Eagle; Janelle Gelfand, The Cincinnati Inquirer
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 2 fl, (2 dbl, Picc.), 2 cl, 2 bsn - 1 Perc, Pn, Str.(4 vln1, 2 vla, 2 vc, db)
Contact: Adolphus Hailstork
E-mail Address: kmprof@aol.com
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