“Stars & Stripes” – A programme of music from America

Stars & Stripes – Concert of American music,

Saturday, 30th June 2018, at 7.30pm in St John in Bedwardine, Church, St John’s

A concert of American choral music
Stars & Stripes – An evening of American music

From the original European settlers and their use of music for entertainment and worship, the indigenous Indian music, the slave songs with their ancestry in African rhythms and tunes, American music has many forebears.  From these beginnings, the music of present day America is rich in different genres, spirituals, jazz, ragtime, blues and more conventional classical themes.  This concert will give just a small example of some of this music, from Aaron Copland’s Four Motets and Four American songs to close harmony arrangements of favourites such as Moon River and Pink Panther.






Copland Four Motets
Have mercy on us, O Lord
Thou, O Jehovah
Help us, O Lord
Sing ye praises

Clapping Music– Steve Reich

Three Reincarnations – Samuel Barber
Mary Hynes
Anthony O Daly
The Coolin’

Piano solo: 
An American in Paris in Miniature – Gershwin arr. Whitney

Three Rather American Songs – Guy Turner
Suburban Cowboy

Go take a train

Four American Songs – Copland
Boatmen’s Dance
Simple Gifts
At the River

Wade in the Water
Steal Away
Go Down Moses

Moon River
Pink Panther
and others…