Chicago South Suburban Choir Invites You to *A Star Spangled Day of Singing*
Date: July 25, 2014
Location: Flossmoor, Illinois, USA
Choral Singers and Directors!
The Midwest Motet Society would like to invite you to sing with us on Friday, September 12, 2014, singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in public in honor of the 200th anniversary of its writing. We will join choirs around the country in participating in this event and have been charged by Tim Sharp, the Executive Director of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) to do so.
The MMS will be singing in at least five communities in the south suburbs, beginning in Park Forest on their Village Commons in front of Artists Walk--near Tall Grass and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's offices-- next, on to Chicago Heights and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church singing in their Labyrinth and then heading north. We should begin about 4:15/4:30 pm but we are still in the process of finalizing times and other places and should have most settled by the end of August. The places and times will be updated here on ChoralNet when we know more specifics but want you to "save the date" and think about joining us!
We will also be singing "Chester," the anthem of the American Revolution, written by the colonial American composer, William Billings, at each community sing as well as "The Star Spangled Banner's" all THREE VERSES! If you would like to sing "Chester" with us, I ask you attend the first 45 minutes of the MMS Tuesday, September 9 rehearsal (at 7 pm, at my home in Flossmoor--I'll email my address if you contact me with your interest) and let me know you will be attending so I may have enough copies of that piece. Otherwise, meet us at the community most convenient for you, at the time most convenient for you and LET'S SING! And yes, we will be singing ALL THREE VERSES of the "Star Spangled Banner" and I will have plenty of copies for all. We are doing a very, very simple and effective version--the Service Version--and I have it in two different keys. It is a straight forward SATB arrangement with no crazy melissmas....I would like it to be clean and classy. Red, white and blue is appropriate for singing wear....but no worries, I have plenty of patriotic bandanas if you're coming straight from work.
Thank you and I hope you will consider joining us. Please pass the information to your singing friends--the more, the more STAR SPANGLED!
Marie Grass Amenta, Founder and Music Director
the Midwest Motet Society