‘Freedom Sings’ in concert at USD May 19

'Freedom Sings' in concert at USD May 19
"Freedom Sings," a live multimedia performance celebrating freedom of expression in America, will be presented free at 8 p.m., Friday, May 19, at The University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

Using musical performance, film, photographs and narration, the critically acclaimed 90-minute program tells the story of three centuries of banned or censored music in the USA, and invites the audience to take a fresh look at the First Amendment and the impact of freedom of speech.

The performance will be presented at the Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center on the USD campus. Sponsored by the Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Media Center, in partnership with the South Dakota Newspaper Association, "Freedom Sings" is free and open to the public.

Advance tickets are available while they last by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Concert Tickets, Al Neuharth Media Center, 555 Dakota St., Vermillion, SD 57069. Please specify number of tickets requested. Limit of four tickets per group. For more information, contact Janine Harris, 605-677-5424, or jharris@freedomforum.org.

"Freedom Sings" features an all-star cast of musicians, including GRAMMY Award winner Don Henry (Where've You Been, recorded by Kathy Mattea), Bill Lloyd (of the popular duo Foster and Lloyd) and acclaimed singer Jonell Mosser, heard in recordings and movies ranging from Hope Floats to Boys on the Side. Completing the band are vocalist and actress Shonka Dukureh and keyboardist Joseph Wooten from the Steve Miller Band.

South Dakota native and USD alumnus Al Neuharth, founder of the Freedom Forum and USA Today, will introduce the May 19 performance and welcome the audience.

In its sixth year, "Freedom Sings" is a national program of the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center in Nashville, TN.

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education, serving as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government. With offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and in Arlington, VA, the First Amendment Center is an operating program of the Freedom Forum and is associated with the Newseum � the world's only interactive museum of news.

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