History to Hip Hop is an arts integration program that exposes audiences to an oral history of America through its music, from the field songs and spirituals of the early 1600s through today’s modern hits and genres. Designed as a full day residency* that includes an evening concert performance, History to Hip Hop is led by Lincoln Center certified teaching artist Jonathan Blanchard, M.S. Ed., whose rich baritone provides depth and character to the wide range of material covered in this educational and entertaining program that explores and explains the connections between well-known historical events and music past, present and future in an easy to understand format suitable for all ages. Study guides available.   

  • Workshop/Assembly – History to Hip Hop workshop showcases the evolution of American music through song, seamlessly combining culture, folklore, and history into a thrilling interactive odyssey where learning and fun become interchangeable. [Programs available for all grade levels, K through college]
  • Community Concert – Funk & Soul Review concerts deliver an all-age, multigenerational groove-a-thon, as iconic voices from the 70’s disco era like Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire and others are celebrated in style, with a thrilling R&B band in this remarkable show filled with funk, soul, and rock & roll! 

*standalone workshop and concert available