Date: January 14, 2013
Hi, All. We're planning our 'American Music' concert for this Spring. (I did a post about it on here a couple years ago.) And, we're looking for music that is particularly 'American' in nature, AND meant to be sung by groups of people singign together. Songs that are of uniquely American styles, uniquely American composers, or unique American traditions/genres. Some examples of what we're doing are below. What we're looking for are just a few suggestions on pieces, composers or styles we may have missed. The rnage of the group is full SATB capable (feel free to offer), but I'd love to focus on some more SATB in the program. Examples below. I look forward to hearing from you!
Erb/Bartholomew - Shenandoah
William Walker - What Wondrous Love is This?
William Billings - The Rose of Sharon, Modern Musick
Fisk Jubilee Singers - Let My People Go
Whitacre - Lux Arumqaue
Lauridsen - O Magnum
Copland - Stomp Your Foot
Luboff - Deep River
Amy Beach - Undecided
Dudley Buck - Undecided
Loesser - Stadin' on the Corner
Moses Hogan/Jester Hairston - Elijah Rock
Warland/Shaw-Parker/ F Melius Christiansen/, etc, etc
There are more on the tentative list, but I'd love to hear your suggestions and feedback. We will have a guest barbershop group, native drummers and shape note singers before the concert.
Thanks, everyone. I hope you're having a good season!
Christopher J McCafferty
Artistic Director, Illumni Men's Chorale