Thoughts on Grief: An Intimate Conversation with Nnenna Freelon

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

GRAMMY® nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. Nnenna is also a wife, mother, and sister who has experienced life's amazing gifts, and also its heartbreak.

In this guided conversation with Rosalyn Smith-Stover, executive director of the Family Resource Center and founder of Act Up Drama in Camden, Nnena will discuss how the loss of her soulmate and husband, renowned architect Phil Freelon, and her sister Debbie have reshaped her way of being in the world. Nnenna has felt the need to find her "voice" once more, through the lens of grief and loss. Her 2021 recording "Time Traveler" (her first studio recording in nearly ten years) is a reflection of this new territory, an intimate expression of her love for Phil and their 40 year journey and a universal love letter to all who’ve lost someone dear. Guests may get to hear renditions from this new album, as well as ask questions during and following the conversation.

This event is hosted by Camden Second Presbyterian Church and made possible through a partnership of the Arts Center of Kershaw County and the Downtown Camden Cultural District, with support from Act Up Drama and the African American Cultural Center, a department of the Camden Archives & Museum.

The event is free, with a suggested $25 donation. A private 30 minute reception with Ms. Freelon following the conversation is available to guests who purchase a $35 ticket.


Camden Second Presbyterian Church, 816 Market Street

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Free Admission to General Event; $35 Private Reception

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