While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers

10-5 every day Sat, Jun 1 - Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Venue: Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W Housatonic St, Rts 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201


Maribeth Cellana

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The Shakers wrote 25,000 songs, 10,000 of which survive. From American anthems like Simple Gifts to lesser-known hymns, ballads, and laboring songs, music plays a central role in Shaker life. Through video and audio, While Mighty Thunders Roll explores and expands this musical legacy with newly commissioned a capella renditions of Shaker songs performed by popular musicians including Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Natalie Merchant, along with a display of historic objects and ephemera alongside. The result is a timely exhibition that enlivens the history of Shaker music and illuminates the power of voice as a fundamental expression of spirit.

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