exploratorium

O Glory! Black Spirituals

With James Dargan

Saturday, July 13, 2019 • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Included with museum admission and free for Daytime members.


Join baritone singer and historian James Dargan in this performative celebration of African American musical history. Born out of the alchemy of African blood and North American soil, black spirituals are the oldest form of American music. The harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic tendrils of spirituals spool through American musical genres to rest at the root of many popular musical forms.  James will sing black spirituals and share the stories behind the songs and the resilience of the composers, rejoicing in the power of their continuing to inspire work toward justice and equality.

James Dargan is a creative artist, athlete, polyglot, musician, and writer, raised in the Deep South and, after a childhood spent at the Duke University String School and North Carolina School of the Arts, educated in New and old England. James recently moved to New York, where he is a soloist and section leader in the choir of the Unitarian Church of All Souls, freelances, and teaches around the Northeast, and continues to pursue social justice through the arts.