Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ivan Woods, Shannon Hunt & Diane Goldsmith in 'The Power of African American Music to Inspire,' Morristown, NJ Feb. 11, 7:30 PM

An Abendmusik Concert Presentation:
Follow the Drinking Gourd:
“The Power of African American Music to Inspire”
Diane Goldsmith, Pianist
Singers Ivan Woods & Shannon Hunt
Sat. February 11, 7:30 PM

Abendmusik, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 2011-2012 themed season (“Celebrating American Music”) with a concert on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm featuring the Follow the Drinking Gourd (Diane Goldsmith, Pianist with Singers Ivan Woods and Shannon Hunt) in a program entitled “The Power of African American Music to Inspire”. There is a suggested donation of $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens. Advance tickets are available ($12 adults/$10 seniors) by telephoning the church office 973-538-2132. Students with ID are admitted Free. The concert will be presented at Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, NJ. Our facilities are handicapped accessible. There will be a refreshments available during the event. Please visit our website for more information: www.morristownumc.com.

Time-honored African American musical forms and traditions continue to stir the creativity of composers and arrangers. In this intriguing program for voices and piano, the musical group Follow the Drinking Gourd will sample the abundance that’s grown from these amazing roots. (www.followthedrinkinggourd.net) They’ll perform spirituals in all kinds of inventive arrangements, from jazz and tango settings to adaptation as anthems of the civil rights marches of the 1960s. Then, the group will show how the blues inspired composers like Harold Arlen (“The Wizard of Oz”) and George Gershwin to write in this style.

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