Music: Sun Sep 30

This morning’s musical selections feature examples of American music from a variety of traditions. The sweet, nostalgic piano works of Edward MacDowell speak to the composer’s assimilation of European musical traditions even while reflecting impressions of his native New England. Duke Ellington might well be considered a classical jazz artist, whose exquisitely shaped melodies, distinctive harmonies and characteristic rhythms set the standard for a quintessentially American art form. The CUUC Choir is on hand with inspirational statements from both American and African traditions, while our own Kim Force performs Paul Simon’s “American Tune” as the Offertory. Read on for programming details.

Prelude: Adam Kent, piano
From Woodland Sketches, Op. 51
            1. To a Wild Rose
            4. In Autumn
                                                Edward MacDowell
Sophisticated Lady
Birmingham Breakdown
                                                Duke Ellington

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
Flying Free
Don Besig 

Offertory: Kim Force, soprano
American Tune
                                                Paul Simon

                                                Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse
*Translation: Lead the way, step forward.
                       Go straight ahead.
                       You’re on the right road. Step by step.

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