Tickets on Sale for Oct. 6 ‘Across the Blue Ridge’ Concert at Reynolda House Featuring Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard
Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons, a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard with Kay Justice will headline an Oct. 6 concert at Reynolda House Museum of American Art featuring music of the Dust Bowl West and Depression-era Appalachia. “Hard Times and Hope: Songs of Struggle from the Dust Bowl to the Blue Ridge” will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40, or $30 for members of the museum and students. Tickets include admission to the museum.
Reynolda’s featured fall exhibition “Dorothea Lange’s America” inspired the concert. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive early to view the exhibition prior to the concert. Advance purchase is recommended at reynoldahouse.org/blueridge.
Reynolda is partnering with the regionally syndicated 88.5 WFDD radio program Across the Blue Ridge to present this intimate live performance. Paul Brown, a former journalist with National Public Radio, award-winning musician, and host of Across the Blue Ridge, will host the concert with his wife and fellow musician Terri McMurray. Brown and McMurray will join the other performers in songs and stories to spotlight the significant historical, musical and cultural connections between the Dust Bowl West depicted by Lange’s acclaimed photographs and Appalachia from the Depression era forward. “Hard Times and Hope” will be recorded for future broadcast on Across the Blue Ridge.
“Dorothea Lange’s America,” on view Sept. 14-Dec. 30, will present Lange’s haunting photographs of 1930s and 1940s America and features some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. The show will survey 30 original prints by Lange, including her searing depictions of the distressed people and landscapes created by the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and westward migration. Also featured in the exhibition are 25 images by fellow photographers crisscrossing the country, from the Carolinas to California, Alabama to New York, capturing the era in pictures. Their intimate portraits of everyday life in difficult times were the collective result of a new approach to photography: using the camera as an instrument of social change.
About Reynolda House
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 50-year-old museum at the center of Reynolda’s 180 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. Highlights are: Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood. The collection was assembled by the unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of R. J. and Katharine Reynolds. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is adjacent to Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit reynolda.org. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @CurateReynolda.