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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church / $20 / 100 min / 3:00
311 Browns Lane, St. Matthews

Pre-concert program with John Hale:  2:15 pm

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs

In the third concert in our 2016-2017 season we will celebrate the rich and moving variety of American sacred music, with every selection either written or arranged by an American composer.  A well-known hymn, an invitation to rejoice and sing, will open the concert:  "Come, Christians, Join to Sing," in a concertato arrangement by Sterling Procter (b. 1950) that explores the power of the hymn tune MADRID. 

Following this opening piece you will hear four settings of psalms, the first three of them written by well-known American composers and the fourth by a young American composer early in her career. We will sing a setting of Psalm 122 ("I was glad when they said unto me") written by Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), a setting of Psalm 8 ("How Excellent is Thy Name") written by Howard Hanson (1896-1981), and a setting of Psalm 23 ("The Lord is My Shepherd") written by Randall Thompson (1899-1984). Louisville's own Julianna Horton (b. 1976) wrote her setting of Psalm 68 ("God is in His Holy Dwelling Place) especially for the Louisville Master Chorale, and for this concert. Our performance will be its World Premiere.

The psalms will be followed with another concertato arrangement by Sterling Procter, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” to the hymn tune DIADEM.  Then you will hear a setting of the spiritual “Elijah Rock,” probably best known from Mahalia Jackson’s 1960s recording but here arranged by the brilliant Moses Hogan (1957-2003).

The next two pieces are from the Second and Third Great [Religious] Awakenings in America (roughly the 1790s through the end of the 19th century). They are arranged by Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970).  His title for this set of three songs is Heavenly Home:  Three American Songs:  “Unclouded Day” (1880), “Angel Band” (1860), and “Hallelujah” (1835).  We will sing the first two songs from the set.

These two songs will be followed by another spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan, “Walk Together, Children.”  In addition to performing, composing, and arranging during his short life, Moses Hogan edited The Oxford Book of Spirituals (Oxford University Press, 2002).

We will close the concert with the well-known hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (hymn tune NETTLETON, based on an American folk tune) arranged by Mack Wilberg (b. 1955), director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.



All concert venues are wheelchair accessible.
Large print programs are available at the door.

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Hymns, Psalms, &
Spiritual Songs

Feb 26 - $20/each
Tickets available at the door
Tickets for Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Songs purchased on this site after Sunday, February 19 cannot be mailed. They will be ready for pickup at the door of the concert on Sunday, February 26. (Online purchasing will not be available after midnight Wednesday, February 22, but tickets can be purchased at the door, subject to availability.)

Half-price Student Tickets are available at the door for persons under 21, subject to availability. Pre-school children (i.e. under first grade) may attend at no cost when accompanied by parents or guardians.


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