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2003 Visionary in Residence: Odetta

Odetta

In collaboration with the Tucker Foundation, Odetta was on campus May 20-22, 2003 as the 2003 CWG Visionary in Residence. She received the 2003 Visionary in Residence Award and participated in various residency activities. Her concert, "Where Do We Stand Now," on May 20, was a production of the Tucker Foundation.

Tuesday, May 20

  • "Where Do We Stand Now?"
    Community Concert sponsored by the Tucker Foundation.
    8 pm, Spaulding Auditorium (free tickets available starting May 13 at the Hopkins Center Box Office)

Wednesday, May 21

  • Food for Thought
    Join us for lunch with Odetta to discuss her life and its connections with our own.
    RSVP needed.
    12:30 pm, CWG
  • Drop-In Hours
    Meet and talk with Odetta and hosts from the Afro-American Society, Cutter/Shabazz, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Women of Color Collective.
    4-5:30 pm, Cutter Shabazz Lounge
  • Dessert Reception
    An opportunity for students to celebrate Odetta's visit with her and one another over delicious dessert.
    RSVP needed.
    8 pm, 13 E. Wheelock Street
    Thursday, May 22
  • Visionary in Residence
    Community Award Dinner
    Share a meal, applaud Odetta's lifetime of visionary achievement, stay for the great Q&A. RSVP needed.
    6 pm, Roth Center for Jewish Life

While on campus, Odetta also joined Dartmouth Childcare Center children for a sing along, visited REL 23 (Women's Rituals: from Africa and Around the World) and WGST 10 (Sex, Gender and Society) and met informally with small groups.

Odetta's visit was sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, in partnership with the Tucker Foundation. Many thanks to the Bildner Endowment and the Rockefeller Center for their generous support.

About Odetta

Odetta is one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. A folksinger distinguished by the power and clarity of her voice as well as the richness and intensity of her delivery, Odetta has also functioned as a living archive of music. By tirelessly researching, recording, and touring, and drawing on a variety of musical genres, she has kept alive the legacy of early folk and blues singers, including Bessie Smith and Leadbelly. Odetta has had a significant influence on modern music, providing inspiration for such performers as Bob Dylan and Joan Armatrading.

By the mid- to late 1950s, Odetta was touring the United States and Canada; by 1961, she had played Carnegie Hall and appeared twice at the renowned Newport Folk Festival. Odetta was unquestionably one of the brightest stars of the folk music renaissance of the early 1960s, which also saw the first of many world tours for her. Reaching much of mainstream America through the medium of television as well, Odetta received acclaim for her appearance on a musical special with musician Harry Belafonte and stole the show from an impressive roster of singers in the 1963 program Dinner With the President.

Whether standing in front of a symphony orchestra or alone with her guitar, Odetta is a commanding presence on stage. Her fans claim that the best of her recordings--most of which are out of print--fall far short of capturing the impact of her live performances. In the liner notes to Odetta Sings the Blues, critic Adam Barnes described her as "a large and significant voice that can swell with majesty, phrase delicately, dipping deep into the bottomless well of song."

As an actress, Odetta has performed in several films and television programs, most notably The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the movie version of American novelist William Faulkner's Sanctuary. And Odetta is also an activist -- she took part in the march on Selma and she sang for the masses at the 1963 March on Washington. Today she continues to fight for social justice and peace.

For more information about Odetta, also see:

2002 Visionary in Residence: Winona LaDuke

Last Updated: 9/12/13