America Sings!

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More than 300 singers, drawn from 17 different choruses from Washington DC, New York, and Minnesota, come together under the artistic direction of Philip Brunelle to present a kaleidoscopic history of choral music in the USA:: from the colonial anthems of William Billings, to the African-American choral tradition personified by Harry Burleigh, to barbershop quartets, to the inspiring works of Leonard Bernstein.

The featured concert from the 2006 Chorus America conference, marking the 40th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, was recorded in the great acoustics of The Music Center at Strathmore, the newest addition to the Capitol area's cultural life. Hosted by NPR's Lisa Simeone.

Music Performed in the Concert:

Young People's Chorus of New York City

Gershwin: "S'Wonderful"

Ellington/Strayhorn: "Take the A Train"

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

William Billings: "An Anthem for Thanksgiving"

US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Trad. "Yankee Doodle"

Heritage Signature Chorale

Harry T. Burleigh: "My Lord, What a Mornin'"

U.S. Army Chorus

Stephen C. Foster: "Camptown Races"

The Ringers

John Benson Brooks (arr. Razaf): "Rhythm Man"

Washington, D.C. Massed Choir and U.S. Army Orchestra

Aaron Copland: "Stomp Your Foot"

U.S. Army Chorus

Trad. (arr. Alice Parker): "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor"

Heritage Signature Chorale

R. Nathaniel Dett: "Go Down, Moses"

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

Aaron Jay Kernis: "I Cannot Dance, O Lord"

Washington, D.C. Massed Choir and U.S. Army Orchestra

Randall Thompson: "The God who gave us life"

Young People's Chorus of New York City

Dominick Argento: "Orpheus"

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Heritage Signature Chorale

Moses Hogan: "My Soul's Been Anchored"

Washington, D.C. Massed Choir

Stephen Paulus: "Pilgrims' Hymn"

Washington, D.C. Massed Choir and U.S. Army Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein: "Make Our Garden Grow"

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