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Director's Notes

Directors of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale share their thoughts about past and future concerts, musical works we've performed, and the many joys of choral music.

Something Wonderful Is About to Happen

My friend Paul and his boys were invited to their "Grandma Carol's" house for dinner. When they entered her home, nine-year-old Jonathan's senses took in the beautiful table gleaming with Carol's best china and crystal, the glowing candles, and the enticing aromas coming from her kitchen.

Jonathan's eyes beamed and he declared, "Something wonderful is about to happen!"

This is precisely how I feel as our May concerts are approaching—something wonderful is about to happen!

"Clear Blue Morning" is our program theme, inspired by the Dolly Parton classic, "Light of a Clear Blue Morning." Our concert opens with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" accompanied by the festive sounds of organ, timpani, and one of the best handbell choirs in Chicagoland, Altar Bells of Gary United Methodist Church.

Audiences will enjoy each course of this musical banquet, from Brahms' "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" to Halley's remarkable "Freedom Trilogy." Other delights along the way include pieces by Stephen Paulus, Dan Forrest, Susan Brumfield, Shawn Kirchner, and others. There is even a nod to Stephen Sondheim with a piece from Sunday in the Park with George.

All the preparations are in place… inspiring and exciting repertoire, amazing guest musicians, rich and dulcet soloists, and a program of choral favorites as only the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale can deliver. Something wonderful is about to happen, and we hope you will be there to enjoy the feast!

Jennifer Whiting
Music Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale

"Anthems of Love" Fulfills Its Own Message

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

~ Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

The Hebrew scriptures tell us that God sings! This astounding verse from Zephaniah is probably my favorite passage in the Bible. It inspired Susan Boersma to write a poem called "Anthems of Love."

Composer Dan Forrest set her words to music, and the Glen Ellen-Wheaton Chorale will perform this uplifting piece with voices, string ensemble, piano, and an excellent handbell ensemble from Gary United Methodist Church.

Great music has the power to give us a transcendent experience, a fleeting impression of a larger reality. Sometimes we search for words to express our joy and wonder when we have such moments.

One choir member said that when she sings "Anthems of Love," even though all is not right with the world, she can experience true goodness and joy while we make music together.

Another singer described how deeply happy she feels when she sees joy on the faces of those listening. One person said he feels close to God when he hears this song.

The act of performing "Anthems of Love" unfolds its own truth. As we sing, we fulfill the message of the song, sharing joy with one another and receiving joy at the same time. For those who believe in God, this mirrors the pleasure that we give to and receive from God–"The Father Himself singing over His children, taking delight in the anthems we raise."i

GEWC's former director, Greg Wheatley, had programmed Forrest's joyful piece just as the pandemic hit. The Chorale has not been able to perform it until now. Watch our website for details of our spring concert on May 6 and 7. We look forward to sharing "Anthems of Love" and many other inspiring songs!

Jennifer Whiting
Music Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale


i "Anthems of Love," poem by Susan Boersma, copyright 2016, Beckenhorst Press.

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

Great poetry in the hands of a great composer:
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

by Jennifer Whiting, Music Director

I like to meditate on great hymn texts. They speak to my soul. As George Herbert wrote, "A verse may find him who a sermon flies."i

George Herbert, by Robert White, painted 1674, public domainGeorge Herbert was a 17th-century Anglican poet and priest. His prayer life was the wellspring of his writings. A century later, John Wesley became a fan of Herbert and adapted nearly 50 of his poems as Methodist hymns.ii Many of the borrowed poems were from a collection titled The Temple, published after Herbert's death.

Two of Herbert's texts still appear in the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. They are "Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life" and "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing." Herbert's vivid images and humble devotion invite us into a personal encounter with the Divine. His intimate scenes help us to see ourselves in new ways.

Herbert's title for "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" is "Antiphon," which means a responsive reading or song. His original poem appeared with directions for "Cho." (chorus) and "Vers." (versical, a short verse sung or spoken by a leader and followed by a response from the people). Here is the poem with Herbert's original spellings and directions.

Antiphon

Cho. Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing,
My God and King.

Vers. The heav'ns are not too high,
His praise may thither flie:
The earth is not too low,
His praises there may grow.

Cho. Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing,
My God and King.

Vers. The church with psalms must shout,
No doore can keep them out:
But above all, the heart
Must bear the longest part.

Cho. Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing,
My God and King.iii

The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams recognized that Herbert's "Antiphon" is an ideal text for a choral song of praise. He included it as the final, joyful movement of his Five Mystical Songs (a cycle of poems by George Herbert). This year marks the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams' birth, and the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will perform this exciting anthem in our spring concert, accompanied by organ, piano, handbells, and percussion.

Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1913, public domain, James Bacon and Sons, LeedsReligious poetry and music can have universal appeal. Ursula Vaughan Williams wrote about her husband's religious position, "He was an atheist during his later years at Charterhouse and at Cambridge, though he later drifted into a cheerful agnosticism: he was never a professing Christian."iv

Great poetry in the hands of a great composer creates a guided meditation for the listener, regardless of personal religious views. Using musical devices to illuminate the meaning of the words is called "text painting." It is fascinating to notice these details in the music.

Let's look at a couple of ways Vaughan Williams' skilled composition helps us to experience Herbert's text. For instance, the composer assigns the words "the heavens are not too high" to the high voices, and "the earth is not too low" to the low voices.

Herbert uses the refrain "all the world in ev'ry corner." John Donne famously used this same image in his sonnet, "At the round earth's imagined corners, blow your trumpets, angels." (Incidentally, the families of Herbert and Donne were close friends, and Herbert studied the work of Donne. No doubt, George had John's sonnet in his mind.)

We are familiar with the expression "the four corners of the world," which means "to the farthest reaches in every direction—north, south, east, and west." To amplify this thought, the composer layers one voice upon another, singing "Let all the world, let all the world, let all the world" as though people over the whole earth are adding their voices to the chorus of praise.

Listen for text painting in this phrase, "But above all, the heart must bear the longest part." The composer prolongs the notes on the word "longest." While the church is shouting psalms, the poet reminds worshipers to prolong God's praise in their hearts even after they leave the sanctuary.

If you would like to read another poem by Herbert, I recommend "Love III" (Love bade me welcome). It is my favorite. And if you would like to hear Vaughan Williams' setting of "Antiphon," we invite you to our May concert! Please join us for this and many other great works of art on May 6 and 7 at College Church in Wheaton.


i Herbert, George; from "The Church-porch"; The Temple; published posthumously, 1633, Cambridge.
ii Leach, Elsie A.; John Wesley's Use of George Herbert; Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Feb. 1953), pp. 183-202; University of Pennsylvania Press.
iii Herbert, George; "Antiphon"; The Temple, 1633, Cambridge.
iv Vaughan Williams, Ursula; R.V.W.: A Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Clarendon Paperbacks), March 18, 1993.

Wintersong: Merry and Bright

How can we begin to explain how it feels to sing together again after such a long absence? The splendid voices of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale are thrilled to be together again!

As a conductor, I have been without an "instrument" since March 2020. And now, with the glorious opportunity to stand before this fine Chorale, my heart overflows with joy.

At every rehearsal, despite the shifting protocols, these singers overwhelm me with their beautiful sounds. The wonder of live vocal music brings us back to parts of ourselves that have been dormant for twenty months.

So, we are eager to share this outstanding holiday program with you—full of songs that express profound emotions, from deep longing to utter joy.

Guest organist Kevin Lange opens the concert with Andrew Carter's glittering "Toccata on Veni Emmanuel," and the Chorale performs Rosephanye Powell's "The Word Was God."

Immediately we move into Donald McCullough's exciting "Canite Tuba" with prophetic texts from Joel and Isaiah. We sing, "The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain." (Perhaps you will think of one or two things in the world that could be made straight.) Organ, timpani, and full percussion create grandeur fit for the arrival of a king.

A Chorale favorite, "The Dream Isaiah Saw" offers a vision of the world made right. Glenn Rudolph was composing this piece when the attacks of September 11, 2001, took place. Percussion and timpani help to bring the song to its mighty conclusion.

You will not want to miss Craig Hella Johnson's tender setting of "Lo, How a Rose / The Rose," or Julian Wachner's sparkling arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High." Mac Willaert leads the Ensemble in joyful and inspiring pieces by Ola Gjeilo, Judith Clurman, and Toby Young.

We end the program with Christmas nostalgia and cheer, including "Jingle Bell Fantasy," "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and a jazzy "Feliz Navidad."

What puts you in the Christmas spirit? Circling your favorite toys in a catalog, or making Amazon wish lists? Chopping down a live fir, or pulling a pre-lit tree from a Costco box? Bing Crosby on a vinyl LP, or a Spotify playlist?

Whatever you do, please set aside time to enjoy a live concert with the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale. We are delighted to sing for you in person again. And may your holidays be "Merry and Bright"!

Jennifer Whiting
Music Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale

Making the World Seem Right

Hello, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale friends! I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Chorale as their new Music Director and look forward to a wonderful year of music ahead!

It was such a great pleasure to hear each of the members sing for auditions and vocal visits. I've said that getting to know a choir is like sitting down to a pipe organ for the first time. You have to play each stop separately to get to know the instrument—and what a wonderful instrument we have! Our musical gifts combine into a mighty chorus, and it's exciting to think of the music that lies ahead.

When I conducted voice visits, I asked the members why they enjoyed singing with GEWC. We found repeated themes of love for music and singing, emotional well-being, mental challenge, artistic fulfillment, vocal fitness, friendships, and community. Members outlined why we do what we do!

One member noted, "The art of joining 60 voices into one beautiful work of art is a piece of heaven." Another simply stated, "Music gives life." One of my favorite remarks summed it up for us all: "Singing with a choir makes the world seem right."

GEWC Outdoor Rehearsal, September 2021

Tuesday evening with the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale is my favorite time of the week. Making music together—even outdoors and masked—lifts my spirits and "reorganizes my molecules" (as my friend likes to quip).

Over the past 18 months of separation, we have learned anew how precious it is to inhabit a space together and set the air in motion with our voices. We change the atmosphere around us into an invisible work of art, and somehow this changes us, too.

Alice Parker says, "It's like the sound that fills a room, fills our hearts. One of the most human and one of the most rewarding and one of the most civilizing things that we can do, is to sing together."

No matter how our singers feel when they enter rehearsal on a Tuesday evening, my goal is that by the time they leave, they will feel better, happier, more connected to others and to themselves.

This is the power of choral singing, and this is the joy that we can't wait to share with you in December!

Wintersong 2021: Merry and Bright includes Wachner's sparkling arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High," Langford's jazzy "Feliz Navidad," and Darby's nostalgic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." The Chorale will also inspire you with works by Donald McCullough, Rosephanye Powell, and Craig Hella Johnson.

Concerts take place on Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at College Church, 335 E. Seminary Avenue, Wheaton, IL. You'll find ticket information right here on our website.

I am thrilled to take the stage for the first time with the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale, and we hope you will join us for some holiday cheer!

Jennifer Whiting
Music Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale

The GEWC and Another Virtual Concert

Greetings, friends of the GEWC!

The last time I wrote something in this space was just before Christmas. The Chorale was preparing to release our Wintersong 2020 virtual concert. I hope that you were able to view it! If not, you'll find it still available to stream on our YouTube channel.

Since our Chorale has still not been able to gather in person, we have been meeting weekly in online sessions. I'm pleased to tell you that we will be releasing another virtual concert this spring. It will feature a combination of virtual choir productions (with singers contributing from their own homes) and some archived performances from live concerts. Something special this concert: We'll be collaborating in a virtual piece with Doc Hampton and his singers! Many of you will remember Doc from our spring concert CELEBRATE! in 2019. You won't want to miss it!

I invite you to "like" the Chorale at our Facebook page. And stay tuned to our Chorale website for further updates about this virtual concert. We plan to release it on Friday, May 14. 

Stay well, and keep singing!

Greg Wheatley
Music Director

Singing in Difficult Times

Turin, Italy, March 2020. Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty ImagesAmritsar, India, March 2020. Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty

One of the most memorable and poignant images to emerge from the early days of the worldwide COVID pandemic was that of people gathered on their balconies, singing to one another. One video, shared on Twitter in March, just a few weeks after the outbreak, showed people in the Italian town of Siena, filling the streets with their socially distanced voices.

Singing is ingrained in the human spirit. In these difficult times, when so much seems to be so disrupted, we still find ways to express ourselves in song. That has been true of so many choral ensembles around the world, and it has been true of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale. While COVID has meant that we have been unable to meet for in-person rehearsals and concerts, the Chorale has been meeting virtually in our regular Tuesday evening time slot. The singing isn't the way we'd like, of course. But we still can sing, and we can stay connected with one another.

We in the Chorale love Christmas! And we love the music of Christmas! This year, we are sorely missing our opportunity to see you at our annual Wintersong Christmas concerts. But we want to invite you to join us for Wintersong 2020 virtual style! The Chorale and Ensemble have been working on producing some virtual choir pieces which allow us to sing "together but from our own homes." How's that for a paradox? We'll present these virtual pieces and some in-person favorites from our video archives on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. CT. You'll be able to watch free of charge from the comfort of your own home. After that initial release, the video will remain available for your viewing through Christmas and beyond.

I hope you'll plan to join us! Look for further details in the coming days right here on our website (www.gewchorale.org). And please help us spread the word to your friends and family around the world!

The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale
presents

WINTERSONG 2020
A Virtual Christmas Concert
Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
(Available on demand after that date)
Visit www.gewchorale.org for details

Greetings, Friends of the GEWC!

As the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale began its regular spring season in January, who of us could have envisioned that, come early May, we wouldn't be seeing you, our friends, at our spring concert? In fact, our last rehearsal was March 10. I'm sure that you, like I, have been seeing the outpouring of musicians on social media . . . some of them collaborating as best they can through virtual space, and many of them lamenting just what we're missing in this time. This outpouring tells us something about the importance of what we do when we sing. If we were a business, I'd say we'd qualify as an "essential business."

And so we wait. I read a book a few years ago by Stacy Horn titled Imperfect Harmony. It's Stacy's account of the vital role that choral singing played in her life. Like most of us, she is an amateur musician, singing for the love of it. As we approach this week which would ordinarily be filled with singing, I wanted to share the closing paragraph of Imperfect Harmony with you. This is Stacy's account of a rehearsal of the choir of which she was a member:

Rehearsal was in the church that night. It was a little on the dark side, but there was enough light to see. John [the choral director] raised his arms. I looked down at my music, the page covered in my handwritten asterisks, and we began. Voices sparked into life all around me, like matches being lit, but gently, as if someone's hands were slightly covering and protecting the flame. The music we made was as lyrical and angelic as anyone could have hoped for. John made a few comments about how we could do it even better and once again raised his arms. I couldn't believe my luck. We were going to sing it again. While he concentrated on getting our voices just right, we sang that section over and over, reveling in the warm glow of our voices, and the magic current of potential that comes to life whenever people are drawn together by the astonishing and irresistible power of a song. [Imperfect Harmony. Stacy Horn. 2013 Algonquin Books]

When will we sing together again as a Chorale? When will we get to share the gift of music with you, our audience? None of us knows. But we do know—and we need to hold on to this fact—that when we sing together, something better than any one of us alone happens. Let's remember that!

We look forward to the next time we see you in our audience!

Greg Wheatley
Musical Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale

WINTERSONG 2019!

I am writing this blog on Labor Day. For many, Labor Day marks the unofficial gateway out of summer into our regular fall routines. There's school for many, the startup of activities that have been suspended for the summer. For those of us in the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale, it signals the beginning of a new season of singing together!

The Chorale is excited to begin rehearsal on this year's Wintersong concerts—our annual Christmas offerings. I'm looking forward to some wonderful music this year! Let me give you just a sampling. Here is another rousing piece from Mack Wilberg:

Noe! Noe!
Shepherds, rise—look up and see new light yonder breaking,
Brighter than the noonday sun, all your sheep awaking.
Wonder, whisper, "Ah, Noe!" Christ is born this holy day!
He is come to you, lowly shepherds, true!
He is come unto you, Morning Star and New Day!
Wonder, whisper, "Ah Noe!"

For those of you who attended Wintersong 2018, you will remember the haunting beauty of Elaine Hagenberg's All Praise to Thee. This year, the Chorale will sing another of Elaine's settings—Wexford Carol.

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending His beloved Son.

From energetic processional to quiet candlelit conclusion, Wintersong 2019 promises to be a concert that will help you begin your Christmas season with joy! The Chorale will be joined by organist Dan Mattix and a chamber orchestra. And as always, we'll invite you to join us in singing some of the carols of Christmas! All of that, and of course, the Chorale's Ensemble directed by Mac Willaert. I hope you'll mark your calendar now and watch our website for ticket availability. We'd love to see you there!

WINTERSONG 2019:
CHRISTMAS WITH THE GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE
WITH DAN MATTIX, ORGANIST
AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 7:30 PM
OR
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 3:00 PM
COLLEGE CHURCH IN WHEATON

For more information, visit our Tickets page.

I Guess I'm a Little Bit Country After All!

"Dad, that was such a 'Southern' thing you just said!" I heard those words from my daughter more than once while she was growing up. My response—whether verbalized to her or not—was usually "What are you talking about?" I am a Midwesterner through and through—born in Michigan and lived all my life either in that state or here in Wheaton. It doesn't get much more "Midwest" than that!

But here's the thing: I do have a heritage that includes our nation's southland. My father was born and spent the first few years of his life in the tiny town of Big Sandy in west Tennessee. My mother is a Texan. So, it turns out my daughter was hearing things in some of my speech that even I couldn't hear. (As far as I know, I never called the kids to dinner the way I remember hearing it growing up: "Y'all come on.” That is an exact quote of the summons I heard many times from my mother and my grandmother.)

So what does all of this have to do with a choral concert? Just this: as I've grown older, I've come to appreciate some of the heart and soul contained in the music that has its source in our nation's South. There is a genuineness—a sort of earthiness—that you hear in much of this music. And so it is with the song Angel Band, one of my favorites from our upcoming concert.

Angel Band has an interesting history. It began its life as a song included in hymnals in the middle of the 19th century. Jefferson Hascall wrote the text in 1860, and it was set to music by William Bradbury (the man who also wrote Jesus Loves Me) in 1862. But here is where the influence of the South comes in. Angel Band has since been adopted into the repertory of bluegrass music, made most famous by the Stanley Brothers. The poignancy of the text is clear:

The latest sun is sinking fast, my race is almost run,
My strongest trials now are past, my triumph is begun.
O come, angel band, come and around me stand,
O bear me away on your snow-white wings to my immortal home.

And now, Shawn Kirchner has arranged this compelling song in a traditional choral setting, the one you'll hear in the Chorale's concert. But though the arrangement is made for a traditional choir, I think you'll still feel the wonderful emotion of this song coming through:

I know I'm near the holy ranks of friends and kindred dear,
I've brushed the dew on Jordan's banks, the crossing must be near.
O come, angel band, come and around me stand,
O bear me away on your snow-white wings to my immortal home.

Angel Band is just one of many songs from America that you'll hear in Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music. I hope we'll see you at one of our concerts!

AND DON'T FORGET! Our special guest for this concert is Keith "Doc" Hampton, who will conduct his own song Celebrate! I know you'll enjoy it!

Click here for a preview of our concert.

The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale presents:
Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music

Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.
College Church in Wheaton

More information and purchasing options on our Tickets page.

A Most Amazing Day!

In this edition of our Director's Notes, GEWC accompanist and Ensemble director Mac Willaert shares some thoughts on one of his favorite pieces in our upcoming concert Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music. Enjoy reading, and then click on this website to order your tickets for May 10 or 11!


As I sit at my desk on a sunny April day, the breeze gently coming in through the window and birds chirping in the trees, I can't help but be thankful – spring has finally sprung! One can never take that for granted with Illinois weather, and it may disappear once or twice more before arriving on a more permanent basis, but this is a very literal breath of fresh air, and it has me feeling ready for all that spring brings. This, of course, includes our upcoming spring program, Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music, which will cover myriad genres and periods of the American choral tradition. Topically, one of the songs I am most fond of from the upcoming program is a piece the Ensemble will be singing, a setting of the famed poet E.E. Cummings' "i thank You God for most this amazing."

For those unfamiliar, Cummings was an esteemed American poet with an unorthodox use of grammar and sentence structure, hence the seemingly strange title of the poem. He was prone to using a lower-case "i" to address himself as a show of humility, while giving proper noun capitalization to other words and subjects he wished to emphasize or show deference towards, such as in this instance, "You God." Cummings goes on throughout the piece to express (in his own avant-garde fashion) a gratitude and thankfulness for God's creation; "the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and a blue true dream of sky," "live and love and wings," "everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."

There have been countless settings of this text for choral work, but the version I am perhaps most fond of was written by American composer and singer Elliot Z. Levine. In the span of one piece of music, he captures the playfulness and whimsy of nature alongside the marvel of being part of something greater than yourself. The music paints the picture in a way that complements the text tremendously, and it never fails to put me in a good mood. If it is possible for a song to sound like spring, Levine has nailed it. It is perhaps the trickiest piece for the Ensemble to tackle in this program, but we are diligently at work and are so looking forward to bringing it to our audiences in May.

I like to picture Cummings writing this poem on a day much like today, where you can't help but pause and appreciate the beauty around us. No matter your faith, your background, or your beliefs, we have all experienced that wonderful sensation of a most amazing day, and with any luck, May 10th and 11th will be just that. See you then!

Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.
College Church in Wheaton (corner of Washington and Seminary)

Tired of the Winter Weather?

Now let's be honest. Most of us, with few exceptions, actually choose to live here in the Midwest. So I guess we're without excuse. But knowing that doesn't make this winter weather much easier to bear. Snow, ice, extreme cold. We've had it all these past several weeks. And I'm ready for spring! How about you?

Let's go ahead and assume that spring will be here by the weekend of May 10 and 11. (I know. You can never be too certain in Chicago.) That's the weekend that the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale presents our spring concerts Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music. Ah, think of it! We could be enjoying temperatures in the 60s by then . . . or maybe even warmer! Maybe we should just pause right now and think on that a few minutes.

Now, let me ask you to do something. Why not go ahead and mark Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 on your calendar? I think you'll find it an afternoon or evening well spent, as the Chorale takes you on a musical tour of some wonderful music by American composers. Here's just a sampling:

Shenandoah
James Erb's classic setting of this beloved American folk song

Ain'-a That Good News!
A lively setting of a standard in the spiritual genre

Long, Long Ago
Dan Forrest's setting of this Fosteresque song

Bound for the Promised Land
This American folk hymn comes alive at the hands of arranger Mack Wilberg

Route 66
Take the famous road that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles!

And many more! We'll be enjoying the warmth before you know it! Take a minute now, mark your calendar, and stay tuned to this website for more information about tickets!

Celebrate! A Tapestry of American Music
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.
College Church in Wheaton (corner of Washington and Seminary)

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