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CALLING ALL SINGERS: ANDOVER CHORAL SOCIETY
Mon, February 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-4
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, February 11, 2019
Join us for an open rehearsal as we continue our 89th season with a unique singing experience. Florence Price (1887–1953) was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphony composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1933). In 2009, a substantial collection of her works and papers was found in an abandoned house on the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois. Among these works was Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, a 30-minute work for chorus, soloists, and piano, set to a poem by Vachel Lindsay. Andover Choral Society will sing from a new performing edition of this work, prepared by ACS Music Director Dr. Michael Driscoll, from Price’s unpublished manuscript. The program will also include our soloists performing a selection of art songs by Florence Price as well as some of her arrangements of African-American spirituals.
Among the audience members at the 1933 Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Price’s symphony was George Gershwin, one of the best-known American composers of the 1930s! Our program will feature a selection of Gershwin songs sung by both the chorus and soloists.