Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tenth Anniversary Season Finale - Kinnara Ensemble presents AMERICANA

WHEN: June 1, 2018 @ 7pm
WHERE: Chatham United Methodist Church, Main Street, Chatham, NJ

WHEN: June 2, 2018 @ 7pm
WHERE: Tower Hill Church, Red Bank, NJ
Admission is free for this performance.

WHEN: June 3, 2018 @ 4pm
WHERE: All Saints' Church, Princeton, NJ

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American choral music is artifactually demonstrative of the confluence of diverse peoples that defines U.S. history. From slave songs and spirituals to the folk music of Stephen Foster to American hymnody to the robust output of the many American composers of the twentieth century, our musical inheritance is not short on variety. AMERICANA will tour the jewels of choral music from our own country.

Choral music in America is thriving! Watching the evolution of the American choral sound is fascinating, and we are glad to have a part in that. Therefore, there's no better way to conclude our tenth anniversary season by singing music from our own country. We'll start our AMERICANA program with early American music of Billings and his contemporaries, move to some early hymns arranged by the American luminary Alice Parker, and tour some of the monuments of our own heritage- Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Charlie Chaplin, and Randall Thompson. We'll end with some bluegrass arranged by Shawn Kirchner.