Hutchinson Family Singers en Let Freedom Ring: The Music of the Abolitionists <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Tuesday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Classical New England from </span>WGBH<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> offers a companion radio program to the 2013 PBS series The Abolitionists: &nbsp;Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abolitionists.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Let Freedom Sing chronicles the idealistic artists, uncompromising personalities and powerful music of the era, and looks at how these forces combined to turn abolitionism from a scorned fringe movement into a nation-changing force. This one-hour special will be hosted by Noah Adams.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Any good crusade requires singing,” reformers like to say, and in the </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century, no cause was more righteous than the decades-long crusade to abolish slavery. &nbsp;An original </span>WGBH-Classical<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> New England production hosted by Noah Adams, Let Freedom Sing will profile such powerful figures as Henry Russell, the barnstorming Anglo-Jewish pianist and singer dubbed the master of “chutzpah and huzzah;” the Milford, New Hampshire-based&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutchinson Family Singers, remembered as America’s first protest singers; and abolitionist leader and newspaper publisher William Lloyd Garrison, whose “Song of the Abolitionist” (set to the tune of “Auld Lang </span>Syne”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) literally set the tone for the entire movement. Garrison believed strongly in setting stanzas to familiar melodies—for poetry, he held, was “naturally and instinctively on the side of liberty.”</span></div><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 23531 at Let Freedom Ring: The Music of the Abolitionists