EXHIBITION OPENING – While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers
1843 W Housatonic St
The Shakers estimated twenty-five thousand songs received to date and approximately ten thousand survive – more than all ballads and spirituals combined. From American anthems like Simple Gifts to lesser-known hymns, ballads, and laboring songs, music continues to occupy a central role in Shaker life and worship. While Mighty Thunders Roll explores and expands this musical legacy through a display of historic objects and ephemera shown alongside newly commissioned a capella renditions of Shaker songs performed by a selection of popular musicians including Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Natalie Merchant. Displayed on video and audio installations throughout Hancock Shaker Village, While Mighty Thunders Roll enlivens the history of Shaker music, and illuminates the power of voice as a fundamental expression of spirit.