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A clear channel to the Shaker past: Woosters' 'Early Shaker Spirituals'
A clear channel to the Shaker past: Woosters' 'Early Shaker Spirituals'

There was no applause. The sweet, simple songs came one after the other, performed a cappella by five accomplished women — one an established recording artist, another an award-winning actress. Yet over 23 performances last spring, the cast never heard from the audience until each evening's closing number. It's probably a testament to the hypnotic power of the Wooster Group's "Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation." And if Angelenos react in the same way when it arrives at REDCAT on Wednesday, the silence won't offend. "They want to listen rather than interrupt," suggests Cynthia Hedstrom, part of the singing ensemble...

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