27 2014

JFB Program Shaker History and Beliefs through Music and Dance

1:00PM - 3:00PM  

Congregation Knesset Israel 16 Colt Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Nancy Maurice Rogers
413-442-4360 ext. 15

At 1:00pm on Thursday, March 27, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents the program, "Shaker History and Beliefs through Music and Dance," with Todd Burdick, the Director of Interpretation and Public Programs at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.  Cost: $3  Burdick's program will reflect that the Shakers, a religious sect, wrote over 10,000 songs throughout their more than 200 years of history in America.
Those attending the program will learn about the Shaker's various types of songs, the musicology behind them, and their cultural and spiritual meanings.  Audience participation will be encouraged through sing-a-long and the learning of some simple Shaker dance movements.
Active in education at Hancock Shaker Village since 1984, Burdick holds a BA in History from Vassar College, and an MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany.  He has lectured widely and presented interactive programs and workshops on Shaker culture, early American history, and related topics, including Shaker music and dance, crafts and trades, and material culture.
In demand by both print, and cutting-edge electronic media, Burdick, who is an expert as well in historic site museum education, interpretation, and administration, has brought his comprehensive and articulate presentations to the air via documentaries and other media productions, produced for PBS, NPR, A&E, The History Channel, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, and The Discovery Channel.