for An American
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Oct. 30, 2003) - Manchester
College's choirs and the Manchester Choral Society are preparing An
American Celebration for Friday, Nov. 7.
The Chamber Singers, A Cappella Choir and the
community Choral Society promise concert-goers a variety of music from
American culture: hymns, spirituals, gospel songs, colonial works,
tin-pan alley songs, jazz, folksongs, film music and classical music.
"Although American music is relatively new to the
world, compared to European and Eastern music traditions, the breadth of
styles that have developed in just 300 years is quite amazing," said
Conductor Debra J. Lynn, assistant professor of music.
The Nov. 7 audience will hear music the A Cappella
Choir will perform in the Vatican and other cathedrals during its March
2004 Italy tour, Lynn said. "Much of this repertoire will be sung during
our tour to Italy because the Italian audiences love to hear American
choirs singing American music," Lynn said. "They've asked specifically
that we include jazz, spirituals and gospel tunes in our concerts.
The A Cappella Choir has 50 members, Chamber
Singers has 16 members and Manchester Choral Society has 23 members
performing in the Nov. 6 concert. Pianists are Alan Chambers and Karen
Tickets are $3 for the 7:30 p.m. performance in
Cordier Auditorium on the Manchester College campus. Call 260-982-5551