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Please join us for Exploring Women’s History Through Folk Songs with historian and singer Diane Taraz on Monday, June 5th at 2 p.m. at Lunt Auditorium (74 Lunt Road, Falmouth, ME).
Diane Taraz will take you on a fascinating trip back in time, through some of the most beautiful and compelling songs ever created. In period dress, she explores the daily lives of women in Europe and America from about 1500 to 1850 by singing the songs they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. The songs are lively, funny, bawdy, tragic, passionate, or serene – little time capsules that give us a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of generations of women who left behind few records. Audiences are often surprised at the songs‘ direct approach to delicate topics and the way attitudes expressed in the songs echo down the years to affect our lives today.
For decades, Diane Taraz has been writing her own songs and breathing new life into traditional ones. Her elegant voice brings out the essence of whatever style she presents, be it folk, jazz, blues, or standards. She has made over 20 solo albums. Steeped in history, Diane creates programs that use the music of an era to show the inner lives of people who lived long ago. She has directed the Lexington Historical Society’s Colonial Singers for 12 years, and she is on the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History based in New York City. She just published a book, Candace – Imagining the Life of a Woman Enslaved in 18th-Century New England, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.