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A Classical Fourth: Hudson Shad

NPR July 4th Special Program

Hudson Shad

Strike Up the Band, to form a more perfect Union. On this Independence Day 2003, A Classical Fourth celebrates with the five men of the vocal ensemble Hudson Shad. In NPR's Studio 4A, they'll sing spirituals, patriotic songs, show tunes and American standards, from "Tenting Tonight" to "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," to a deceptively political patriotic song by George Gershwin.

Hudson Shad
Peter Becker - Bass/Baritone
Mark Bleeke - First Tenor
Eric Edlund - Baritone
Timothy Leigh Evans - Second Tenor
Wilbur Pauley - Bass
Robert Wolinsky - Pianist

audio iconListen to Hudson Shad, Part 1 (Real Audio only)

Traditional: "Swing Low, Swing Chariot"
Traditional: "Calling the Children Home"
Irving King: "Show Me the Way to Go Home"
Irwin Webb: "Goin' Home"

audio iconListen to Hudson Shad, Part 2 (Real Audio only)

Walter Kittridge: "Tenting Tonight"
Milton Ager: "Happy Days Are Here Again"
                    "Glad Rag Doll"
                    "Happy Feet"
Hoagy Carmichael: "Georgia on My Mind"

audio iconListen to Hudson Shad, Part 3 (Real Audio only)

Mort Dixon: "Four Leaf Clover"
Hoagy Carmichael: "Stardust"
George Gershwin: "Strike Up the Band"

Other Resources

  • Hudson Shad Web site