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Manchester's choirs unite

for An American Celebration

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 Eberly.

Tickets are $3 for the 7:30 p.m. performance in Cordier Auditorium on the Manchester College campus. Call 260-982-5551 for reservations.





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