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Goin' Home: Music Made in America

posted Jan 21, 2017, 12:29 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 12:40 PM ]
Next Sunday, January 22
nd, at 3:00 PM I’ll be singing with the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church as we present a concert called Goin’ Home: Music Made in America.

This program features a variety of music, including Aaron Copland's "In the Beginning", based on the first and second chapters of Genesis concerned with the seven days of creation.

It opens with Alice Parker/Robert Shaw’s arrangements of the American spirituals “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” and “Same Train”. Libby Larsen's The Settling Years is based on poetry by American pioneers: "Beneath These Alien Stars" is about the bonding of the human spirit to the land, while "A Hoopla" depicts a boisterousness barn dance. Kurt Weill’s “Kiddush” was commissioned in 1946 by New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue for their Sabbath eve service. Recited over a cup of wine, this prayer affirms the Divine sanctification of the day.

The afternoon also includes George Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Duke Ellington's sizzling “Hit Me with a Hot Note”. And of course, you'll hear the classic theme from the “Largo” of Dvorak's New World Symphony, adapted by one of his students into the spiritual-like song “Goin’ Home”. Tickets are available at bkcm.org/events and at the door.