Focus on Community/Arts
International Performer Joanne Shenandoah Hits TPAC Stage

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008

WYE MILLS – The Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College celebrates Native American History Month with a performance by the legendary Joanne Shenandoah on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

A Grammy Award-winning performer, Shenandoah draws upon her rich heritage in establishing a reputation as one of America´s foremost Native recording artists.

Shenandoah has 14 recordings and her music is on 40-plus compilations. Her original compositions combined with a striking voice enable her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Shenandoah´s music reflects the indigenous philosophy and culture which continues to have a profound effect on the world today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads about Native ways, her music has been described as an emotional experience, a Native American Trance.

The singer-songwriter has appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Kennedy Center, Woodstock 94, Earth Day on the Mall, and the Special Olympics performances nationally and internationally.

In addition, Shenandoah has given hundreds of lectures and workshops throughout the world, from the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, to commencement speeches and multicultural affairs events. She appears in "The Last Winter," which stars Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast) and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept 11, 2006. She has been featured in many PBS, video and television documentaries.

This show will appeal to all ages, and is even suitable for preschool patrons. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. For more information, please call the TPAC box office at 410-827-5867. This event has been funded, in part, by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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