Songs of Old America

Sat 8th June 2019
Free Church, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE275AL
For our summer concert this year we at St Ives Choral Society bring you a programme of music inspired by America. Copland's Old American Songs are settings of American folk tunes collected in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the famous shaker melody "Tis the gift to be simple". The songs sung by African American slaves have inspired many composers in Britain and further afield. Rutter's Feel the Spirit brings together seven of those spirituals including When the Saints and Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho, with the choir being joined by a soprano soloist.
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