Perhaps best known for her arrangements with Robert Shaw of folksongs, hymns and spirituals, Alice Parker has made her life's work in choral and vocal music. Her techniques have encouraged a generation of music teachers and choral directors to think in new ways about singing and conducting. This charismatic song leader has delighted audiences worldwide with her joyful approach to group singing, using traditional hymns and folk songs from many cultures.
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
42 Chenango Street
Folk Song Inspirations
Directed by Anne Boyer Cotten
and Guest Director Alice Parker
Featured Guests: the Parlor City Boys' Chorus
directed by Ghislaine Stewart
Since founding the Madrigal Choir 32 years ago, Anne Cotten has often drawn inspiration from the world of folk songs: a simple tune shared around a campfire, a melody passed down through generations, a story told through song. Many composers have been inspired by this genre. You will hear settings by Aaron Copland, Chen Yi, Moses Hogan, and Steven Samitz. Alice Parker will direct a segment of some of her favorite arrangements.
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 4:00pm
Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church
44 Main Street