Lisa Edwards-Burrs, Soprano
Nicholas Catravas, Piano
Mauricio Betanzo, Violoncello
This work was inspired by a visit to the birthplace of Dr. Bethune, located in the slaves quarters of a plantation in Mayesville, South Carolina.
The use of the cello presents a solemn representation of what I could only imagine what plantation life was like for the slave. Set in g minor with additive usage of the Phrygian mode, the arpeggiated structure found in the piano accompaniment is replete with contrary rises and falls to emulate the struggle of a climb for humanity. In Bethune’s case, that climb was toward education and the welfare of poor underprivileged girls.