Capturing the Special Moments of Paul Robeson with Christopher Bagley


One of the more interesting things that Brookletts Place, Talbot County’s Senior Center in Easton, is getting known for lately is their music programming. With concerts set up every month, Brookletts Place, with the help of such arts organizations like Carpe Diem Arts,  the relatively new center building is turning out to be of one of the community’s top music venues, showcasing local as well as international talent with just the right ticket price- which is typically free.

But for a event on September 15th, Brookletts Place is actually going to charge an entry fee.  In this case, it will be a donation to help raise funding for its other important programs that the senior center sponsors throughout the year like like Meals on Wheels throughout Talbot County and the hot lunch program in Easton.

But in exchange for that modest contribution, patrons should prepared to hear the powerful  music of singer Jason McKinney and musician Christopher Bagley as they bring to life famed singer Paul Robeson, and his accompanist Lawrence Brown, in a one act production entitled  Moments with Paul written by McKinney.

The Spy sat down with Chris at the Bullitt House the other day to talk about the extraordinary saga of Paul Robeson’s brilliant career and tragic downfall. That story, intermixed with gospel classics, has turned into a powerful account of Robeson’s extraordinary gifts, movingly performed by McKinney and Bagley.

Since they took to the stage in these roles at Chesapeake College in September of 2012, they have taken the story of Robeson on the road throughout the United States, and will be having its first international debut in Israel later this fall.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Brookletts Place and this performance please go here


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