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Repertoire for Fall Concert - Community Chorus

I have just auditioned for the directorship of an area community chorus.  The committee has asked me to quickly suggest an outline for Fall concert that includes secular and patriotic themes.  This is a group that has sung much of the great oratorio literature and will be continuing that legacy, but they are hoping to broaden their audience base with some lighter and patriotic repertoire.  I already have some ideas, but would be appreciative of any input I can get from choral colleagues.
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on May 22, 2013 6:28am
Hi Stan-
Good luck on your opportunity!
Our most recent concert had what you're asking for.
    -Cecil Rigby
    Foothills Chorale
    Clemson, SC
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"With a Song in My Heart" - May 5, 2013
 
One Voice - Barry Manilow (1943–), arr. Kirby Shaw
No Man Is An Island - Joan Whitney (1914–90) and Alex Kramer (1903–98), arr. Roy Ringwald
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor - (from “Miss Liberty”) - Irving Berlin (1888–1989), arr. Roy Ringwald
America - (Music from Thesaurus Musicus) - Arr. Robert Edgerton (1938–)
Gentle Annie - Stephen Foster (1826–64), arr. Dennis  Eliot
Turkey In The Straw - (American Folk Song) - Arr. Alice Parker (1925–)
With A Song In My Heart - (from “Spring Is Here”) - Richard Rodgers (1902–79)
Unchained Melody - Alex North (1910–91), arr. Kirby Shaw
When I Fall In Love - Victor Young (1900–56), arr. Russell Robinson
Old Time Religion - Moses Hogan (1957–2003)
Credo (I Believe) - (from “Gospel Mass”) - Robert Ray (1946–)
INTERMISSION
Sing-Along Selections from The Sound of Music - Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein (1895–1960)
    Maria
    My Favorite Things
    Do Re Mi
    (I am) Sixteen Going on Seventeen
    Edelweiss
    Climb Every Mountain
 
on May 22, 2013 7:24am
Hi, Stan,
 
Things that have worked for me in this type of music is:
 
America The Beautiful – A Festival Finale
Arrangement by James Q. Mulholland
SATB (div)
Colla Voce Music 11-20108
Uses verses 1, 2 & 4 and incorporates two verses of the hymn “Not alone for mighty empire” by George Day.
 
George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy
George M. Cohan, arranged by Ehret & Yoder
SATB
Marks/Hal Leonard HL00007613
A medley of Cohan tunes
 
Gershwin! – A Concert Panorama
George Gershwin, arranged by John Higgins
SATB
Warner Brothers 408-07014
A medley of Gershwin Tunes
 
Homeland
Z. Randall Stroop
SATB
Colla Voce Music 45-21104
Based on “Jupiter’s Theme” from “The Planets” by Gustave Holst; not particularly patriotic, but appropriate.
 
Hymn for America
Stephen Paulus
SATB a cappella
Paulus Publications SP419
Hymn with a meditative mood and text by Michael Dennis Brown
 
Hymn to Freedom
Oscar Petersen, arranged by Paul Read
SATB
Walton WW1137
 
Let Freedom Ring
Arranged by Keith Christopher
SATB
Hal Leonard 08740073
Medley that includes the tune by Manilow, “God Bless the USA” (Nelson) and a verse of “America the Beautiful”
 
Song of Democracy
Howard Hansen
SATB (div)
Carl Fischer, Inc. 04020
Poem by Walt Whitman
 
Also, there are many fine arrangements of tunes from “The Great American Songbook”.
 
SJS
on May 22, 2013 9:20am
The old "warhorse"  From Sea to Shining Sea comes to mind. I'm old and can't remember the arranger, but I've done it many times and it's always a winner. Just Google search it - or check your music library - it might already be there.
on May 23, 2013 6:47am
FStSS is arr. by Carmen Dragon, I think.
 
If you can find it, John Williams' •America: The Dream Goes On• is excellent. SATB w/kbd or orchestra; formerly pub. Henson/Hal Leonard.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
info(a)robertamross.com
on May 23, 2013 12:19pm
Dear Stan,
 
This new a cappella arrangement of American the Beautiful, commissioned by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC, may interest you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMDx1qGSLVk&list=PLBAE34EBEF32F09AD&index=14 It is published by SBMP.
 
Best,
Frank La Rocca
on May 23, 2013 6:01pm
Thompson's - Testament of Freedom
 
on May 24, 2013 7:12am
The Promise of Liberty (SATB) is an adaptation of the refrain from The New Colossus, "Give me your tired, your poor, etc.". You may hear a recording, read the complete text and download a perusal PDF score here: www.gregbartholomew.com/libertyindex.html 
on May 24, 2013 7:33am
Stan,
 
It looks like you've gotten a lot of patriotic suggestions, so here are a few non-patriotic ones to consider...
A beautiful new setting of "In Flanders Fields"
http://graphitepublishing.com/Music/D019.html
 
A fun and poignant setting of a poem by Naomit Shihab Nye
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/OneBoy.html
 
The 4th movement from a new cycle - the poetry was written after the words and thoughts of patients in a children's hospital
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/WhereBeautyComesFrom.html
 
Hope this helps!
Tim
 
 
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