| World Premiere
Othello Wilson Documentary
Featuring Live Spirituals
Saturday, April 27, 2012 ~ 3:00 pm
Jonathan Page, who grew up in Nelson County and now lives in New York, has completed a video documentary on Othello Wilson, an
African-American teacher, principal and musician who organized a student choir in Massies Mill in the 1930s that appeared on CBS
radio in New York and auditioned for the sound track of “Gone With the Wind.” “During the choir's long history, they would tour most of
the 50 states, Canada, and 11 countries within Europe, giving Nelson County recognition far beyond its boundaries”.
His students remember him as a stern but loving taskmaster who fostered self-esteem and created a lasting musical legacy that continues
to this day.
"Let Your Light Shine” will have its world premiere at the Heritage Center in Arrington on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. Jonathan will
introduce the 28-minute documentary, which will be followed by a question and answer session and live music by a local group singing
songs from Wilson’s choir’s repertoire. Admission is $10 and proceeds go to the Heritage Center. The Nelson Music Project at
Oakland Museum is a co-sponsor.
Jonathan was inspired by an undergraduate thesis his mother, Barbara Page of Piney River, wrote while attending Sweet Briar College.
He interviewed a number of Wilson’s former students as well as his widow, who is expected to attend the premiere.