Explore the coded meanings behind the legendary songs that guided and inspired thousands of the enslaved population who embarked on a dangerous journey into the North in search of freedom between 1840 and 1860. Following up on his past concerts that traced the music of soul, gospel, and the civil rights era, Horace Scruggs and his band return with another “learning and listening” concert to uncover the history behind the music that both literally and metaphorically pointed the way.
With stories of the courageous leaders in the movement and authentic renditions of “signal songs” and “map songs,” this illuminating musical program brings to light the struggles, hopes, and the path toward salvation of those who took part in one of the great acts of mass resistance in American history.
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, teacher and conductor and PVCC's instructor of choral music, Scruggs has worked as a professional musician since 1985. His extensive education in music includes studies at Longwood University, the Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston.