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The Spring Revels makes its annual return to Boston with a special Acadian program

April 28-30, 2000 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre

Spring Revels 2000 takes us on a waterways journey with its start in Acadia, an area of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick first settled by French colonists in the 1600's. When the British took control of Canada in 1713 Acadians chose exile over answering to a foreign authority. Many took the long river route to the south, down the Mississippi to the Louisiana territories where Acadians eventually became known as "Cajuns."

In 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published a story with an Acadian mythical heroine. Evangeline: a tale of Acadie begot a renaissance of Acadian culture. Through legends, songs, fiddle playing and dances, Spring Revels follows Evangeline on her quest for her lost love, from the rocky shores of Nova Scotia through the heartland of America and down the Mississippi to the swamps and bayous of Louisiana and the southern delta.

Directed by Patrick Swanson with music direction by George Emlen, this year's Spring Revels boasts an outstanding 80-member ensemble and the Acadian music ensemble Barachois. Featured performers include Revels favorite David Coffin, The Fiddles of Acadia, The Buck and Wing Dancers, The Catfish Creek Cajun Band, The River Rat Children and The Revels Chorus.

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The Emerson Majestic Theatre is located at 219 Tremont Street in the Theatre District in downtown Boston, a minute's walk from the Boylston Street T stop on the Green Line. The theater is wheelchair accessible.

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Founded in 1971 by musician John Langstaff and his daughter Carol, Revels, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization, is best-known for its annual winter solstice celebration, The The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge and for performances of traditional and ritual material marking spring, summer and fall. Currently, ten companies across the country annually produce Revels seasonal/theatrical performances. Revels, Inc. also produces a line of seasonal recordings and songbooks under the banner of Revels Records, established in 1978. For a free catalogue call 617-972-8300 x31.

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