Voices of Tabernacle “I Hear America Singing” Honoring New York Composers at EOH

The historic 1892 Earlville Opera House welcomes the Voices of Tabernacle with a program to honor New York’s Path Through History Weekend.  The Voices will present “I Hear America Singing” with selections to honor New York composers for this history-themed weekend!  New York State has been home to some fabulous musical talent over the years and this is a concert to make New Yorkers proud!  The Sunday matinee performance on June 9 at 3pm includes special guests with the Sherburne-Earlville High School Chorus directed by Kylie Davis. 

Rodgers and Hammerstein were one of the most influential, innovative and successful songwriting teams in New York history!

Rodgers and Hammerstein were one of the most influential, innovative and successful songwriting teams in New York history!

A concert with the theme of celebrating the musical composers of New York is truly a rich experience considering the depth of talent at hand.  One of the most famous composing teams to come out of New York was Rodgers and Hammerstein with Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960). They were one of the “most influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing teams, they created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre.  Their songwriting partnership is often considered the greatest of the 20th century.” (wiki)

Many of the Rogers and Hammerstein tunes are now a part of our national repertoire!  Here’s a sampling that the Voices will celebrate: I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Oklahoma, On Broadway, Edelweiss, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, Shall We Dance?, Some Enchanted Evening, The Sound Of Music, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Rodgers as a composer worked with a number of lyricists in his career and the Voices will do a selection from Rodgers work sampling different lyricists in four charming Broadway waltzes:  Do I Hear a Waltz?, Falling in Love with Love, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, and A Wonderful Guy.  The lyrics of Stephen Sondheim (born in New York and mentored by Oscar Hammerstein), Lorenz Hart (born in Harlem and his partnership with Richard Rodgers was also a gold mine of American song) as well as Oscar Hammerstein are represented in this delightful medley.

Another team of New York composers that will be presented in the concert will be Lerner and Loewe, who were “the team of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, known primarily for the music and lyrics of some of Broadway’s most successful musical shows, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon”. (wiki)

Founder and director, Anita Humer will lead the Voices of Tabernacle through selections from Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musicals including: Get Me To The Church On Time; I Could Have Danced All Night; I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face; On The Street Where You Live; The Rain In Spain; With A Little Bit Of Luck; Wouldn’t It Be Loverly; Camelot; If Ever I Would Leave You and They Call The Wind Maria.

Aaron Copland is another New York composer!

A New York composer, not to be overlooked is Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland, with the selection of Long Time Ago. He taught at Harvard and “earned the Pulitzer Prize in composition for Appalachian Spring. His scores for Of Mice and Men (1939), Our Town (1940), and The North Star (1943) all received Academy Award nominations, while The Heiress won Best Music in 1950.” (wiki)

Don’t miss a fine celebration of the human voice and New York’s talented songwriters on Sunday, June 9th!  General admission is $12 and $10 for veterans or EOH members and $7 students.  The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  Don’t forget to visit our three art galleries as well as the Artisan’s Gift Shop and EOH Arts Café!  The café is always open before the performance and during intermission, and serves tasty desserts, refreshing summer drink classics, and hot coffee/tea as well.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 16 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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