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American Voices, Classic and New - Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sunday, March 20, 2022 • 4:00PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, West 114th Street and Broadway, Manhattan

This program of American music is a combination of old favorites and new pieces. Barber’s Reincarnations was last on a New Amsterdam Singers program in 2008, sung by the Chamber Chorus, who will sing it again. We first sang Copland’s In the Beginning in 1980 when we put together an all-Copland 80th Birthday Celebration, attended by the composer. Since it is a great work and a choral showpiece, we have programmed it periodically over the decades and look forward to performing it again.

The program will include two pieces by the esteemed American composer Adolphus Hailstork, and the chorus will perform a work by Undine Smith Moore for the first time. The Chamber Chorus will sing a challenging work by Andrew Rindfleisch that is new to us: Careless Carols on a text by Tagore. Other new works are an arrangement by Ron Perera of e.e. cummings’ poem, as freedom is a breakfast food, originally for women, now for four voices, and Harlem Night Song by Tara Mack, an alumna of New Amsterdam Singers. The last of the new pieces is a delightful work by Dale Trumbore, who is a young composer making her name in the American choral world. In the Middle is a tender, funny, rueful look at middle age in our time.

This concert will also be performed Friday, March 18, 2022, at 8:00pm.

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