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Intersections Sing Together: Freedom Songs & Spirituals

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The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville presents the return of the popular Intersections Sing Together: Freedom Songs & Spirituals, Friday, February 12 at 6:30pm in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Featuring special guest, storyteller Becky Stone, as well as Sing Together leaders Beth and Jim Magill, this song-filled exploration of the Freedom Train and its network of passengers, shepherds, conductors and stationmasters is a vibrant celebration of community and the history of the civil rights movement.

"These are some of the songs that brought people through slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the civil rights movement," says Becky Stone. "They still bind us together and strengthen our spirit."

Storyteller Becky Stone and her husband moved to the mountains of western North Carolina in 1983. Once here, Stone began her life’s work as a storyteller. With a background in theater, elementary education, music, mime, and movement, her well-honed storytelling craft has served her for more than two decades as she has shared her calling in schools, libraries, universities, and festivals across the region, including Bele Chere, LEAF, Tell It in the Mountains, and Mountain Echoes.

Musicians Beth and Jim Magill lead the Intersections Sing Together series, which launched in 2012. Beth is a professional flute and tin whistle player and teacher. As a studio musician she has appeared on numerous recordings and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Jim is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist on guitar, cittern and mandolin. He is the founding Director of The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and in 1994 was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council.

The 2015/2016 Sing Together Series, which runs through April 2016, is designed for family and friends to take some time out to celebrate the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions, bringing community together through song. All skill levels are welcome; no experience is required. The Forum, a large, multi-purpose space adjacent to the theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby, is the venue for all Sing Together events. Seating is limited; advance purchases are highly recommended.

The final Sing Together Series event of the 2015/2016 season is Circle & Improvisational Songs with special guest Susan Lachmann (April 22, 2016), an evening of spontaneous vocal inventions in the circle song format.

All Intersections Sing Together sessions take place at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. $10 adults/$8 children 12 and under; children 2 and under are free. To obtain more information on the Diana Wortham Theatre’s Intersections Sing Together Series or to buy tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit http://www.dwtheatre.com/intersections-sing-together.