ACROSS AMERICAN ROOTS CONCERT

AT SYLVESTER MANOR

A Celebration

of History & Cultural Diversity

Sunday, July 31, 2022 5pm (gates open at 4pm)
Sylvester Manor, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island

Price: $65; free for ages 16 and under

Shelter Island, NY: Sylvester Manor joins with the Rites of Spring Festival and The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook to host a music event that celebrates the richness, history and diversity of American Roots Music. The event, hosted on the historic grounds of Sylvester Manor, will feature a wide array of musical styles including a jazz classic by Duke Ellington, European music influenced by American culture and Indigenous music traditions.

“We are thrilled to be hosting an event that represents the intersection of three important American cultures and music traditions: Native American, European and African American. The concert and its world class musicians – including the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Rites of Spring and The Jazz Loft – reflect the kind of complex, rich and inclusive history we honor and celebrate here at Sylvester Manor,” says Executive Director Stephen Searl.

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This concert will feature three performances:

5 -5:30 pm 5:45 – 6:30 pm

7 -8:30 pm

Shinnecock Indian Nation performers

Rites of Spring Wind Quintet
William Grant Still Miniatures for woodwind quintet
Antonin Dvorak String Quartet No.12 in F major. Op.96 American

Black, Brown & Beige by Duke Ellington
Jazz Loft Big Band , a 17-piece band, led by trumpeter Tom Manuel

I . Work Song
II. Come Sunday
III. Light
IV. West Indian Dance
V. Emancipation Celebration VI. Blues Theme Mauve V VII. Various Themes
VIII. Sugar Hill Penthouse
IX. Finale

Tickets may be purchased at https://www.ritesmusic.org/across-american-roots-date-7312022.html. This is an outdoor lawn event. Attendees should plan to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating, to walk between locations and to wear footwear suitable for walking on uneven ground. Insect repellant is strongly encouraged.

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Sylvester Manor: The lands of Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor were once the hunting, fishing and farming ground of the Indigenous Manhansett People. The site on the island known today as Sylvester Manor, was home to eleven generations of Sylvester descendants. Gifted to the nonprofit organization Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2014, the historic site is recognized as the most intact slaveholding plantation remnant north of Virginia.

Over the past 400 years, Sylvester Manor has been a provisioning plantation, an 18th-century Enlightenment-era farm, a pioneering food industrialist’s summer estate, and today includes the 1737 built Manor House, a 19th-century restored windmill, an Afro-Indigenous Burial Ground, a working farm, and educational and cultural arts programming that are open to all. Sylvester Manor was designated a Historic District of National Significance on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

For more information, visit www.sylvestermanor.org.

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AAQ / Resource

Bruce Nagel + Partners Architects

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