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Artis Wodehouse, piano
Marti Newland, soprano
From the Diary of Sally Hemings by William Bolcom, lyrics Sandra Seaton (2001)
Moan of the Forest or The Cherokeeâs Lament by Anthony Phillip Heinrich (1840s)
âFrom The Diary of Sally Hemingsâ and âThe Moan of the Forest or The Cherokeeâs Lamentâ address two grave injustices that went hand-in-hand with the founding of the United States: slavery and the persecution of Native Americans. It was only in the late 1990s that the long-rumored existence of Jeffersonâs relationship with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, was factually confirmed through DNA evidence coming from the descendants of that relationship. âThe Moan of the Forest or the Cherokees Lamentâ by Anthony Phillip Heinrich commemorates the Cherokeeâs 1830s forced exile from their native land demanded by the US government under president Andrew Jackson. This harsh trek across the Mississippi--during which many Native Americans lost their lives--is commonly referred to as the âtrail of tears.â
MELODEON is a chamber group dedicated to the performance of American music from the 19th and 20th Centuries.