I Go On Singing

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I Go On Singing

"I Go On Singing" honors the life of Paul Robeson with a song filled multi-media presentation featuring the vocal talents of Anthony Brown.

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Faith United Methodist Church 1719 South Prospect Avenue Champaign, IL 61820

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An All-American athlete, scholar, international recording artist and star of the stage and screen, in his day. Robeson was the most famous African American entertainer of the world. His life was a courageous example of integrity and discipline in the service of human rights.

"I Go On Singing" tells Robeson's story. The show traces his humble beginnings as a preacher's son in Princeton, NJ, to his international celebrity as an advocate for peace and justice.

"I Go On Singing" brings music and history alive with equal parts documentary and live concert experience. Musical numbers range from Spirituals to Broadway and includes Robeson's original arrangements of favorites like "Wade the Water", "O'l Man River", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Water Boy" and many others.

Accompanied by a pianist, narrator and archival video, Mr. Brown reveals Robeson as a towering figure in American history and a champion for peace and human rights for much of the 20th century. The story of this American hero who struggles and triumphed comes alive in a rousing 75 minute song filled multi-media presentation. ​

Featuring: Anthony Brown, Professional American baritone

Accompanied by Phillip Martin

Narrated by Violet J. Harris, Professor Emerita, College of Education, University of Illinois

With special guest: Pete Seeger

Written by: Andrew Flack & Anthony Brown

Directed by: Donnie L. Bettes

Proceeds from the event will go to local charities in the Champaign-Urbana community.