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Weekend Planner – Music

“Bars Fight,” a stark 30-line ballad by a household slave named Lucy Terry Prince about the Indian raid on the village of Deerfield she witnessed on Aug. 25, 1746, survives today both as one of most accurate historical accounts of that event and as the earliest known poem by a black writer in North America.

On Sunday, the anniversary of the Bars Fight (“bars” was a Colonial term for a meadow), tenor Irwin Reese and pianist Julia Bady will pay tribute to Prince with a concert titled “The Black Man in Song” in Old Deerfield’s Memorial Hall. The program will include works by Margaret Bonds, Camille Nickerson, J. Rosamond Johnson and a piece by Richard Pearson Thomas (commissioned by Reese) based on letters written by George Washington Carver.

3 p.m. $10 general; $5 students and seniors. 774-3768, ext. 10. (Painting of Prince by Louise Minks)

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