Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. Chapman University. College of Performing Arts. Leap of Art Residency. Martha Redbone - Bone Hill: A Staged Concert. "A brilliant collision of cultures" - The New Yorker Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.. To the left of the banner, Martha Redbone sings into a microphone.

Musco Center presents:

Bone Hill: A Staged Concert - Martha Redbone

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

“A brilliant collision of cultures” – The New Yorker

An interdisciplinary musical theater work, Bone Hill is inspired by four generations of singer-songwriter Martha Rebone’s family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia. Traditional Cherokee chants, bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock, and funk are used to illuminate the family’s commitment to the land and an important part of American history that has remained untold.

This is the epic story of one woman's return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coalmines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries. Spanning the lives and stories of four generations of women in a Cherokee family, Redbone travels back in time to her own childhood and beyond into the memories and tales of her ancestors. It is a story about a family's connection to the land -- the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it. 

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