Please join us Wednesday, July 29, at 5 pm via Zoom as mother and daughter authors Irene and Nicole Franklin read their book,
Ella's Sunday Song.
Ella's Sunday Song tells the story of six-year-old Ella, who is set to perform as the soloist in her church on Sunday. During the short trip from her grandmother's lap to her choir director's piano, Ella realizes she has to break a code in order to hit all the right notes. This children's picture book introduces the Spiritual, a musical art form that emerged from centuries of slavery in the United States. Following the reading, Irene and Nicole will play of video of a Spiritual performance and will take questions from participants.
Mother/daughter authors Irene and Nicole Franklin are members of a family of artists who cover music, dance, film, writing, and photography. Both Irene and her husband, journalist Donald E. Franklin, also had careers as educators. Irene Franklin is a retired public school music teacher and spent many decades teaching private piano lessons while working as a choir director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker also from St. Louis. Her work includes
The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys in Black: The Jamie Foxx Story, Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown, the film series
Little Brother, and the recently released
TITLE VII. Nicole is a university professor in television production and spent her career between Los Angeles and New York working as a news video editor on national broadcasts for NBC, ABC, and CBS television.
Please join us for this unique opportunity. All registered participants will receive an emailed Zoom invitation on Tuesday, July 28. Please direct questions to
Mary Beth Tipton