"The traditional folk songs (American, Scottish, Irish, and Balkan Roma) highlighted the musician's skills and the ability to bring vocals and instrumentals together into an intriguing performance. The folk songs were uplifting and fun to listen to as well as to watch the enthusiasm among the performers." Eclectic Café/WordPress

Tapestry honors the rich tradition of composition in America with a delightful tapestry of sounds and rhythms including music of Aaron Copland, Steve Reich, Alan Hovhanness, Billy Holiday, hymns and folk songs. The root of this program springs from an invitation by the Library of Congress to take part in the America Sings at the Nation's Capital 2010 Festival. The ensemble designed the program for the festival, looking at music that influenced, drew inspiration from, or accompanied critical points in US history. The program looks at the stories behind songs such as Amazing Grace and also features a vocal version of New World Symphony by American music enthusiast Anton Dvořák. The Washington Post writes of their performance at the Library of Congress: "These particular voices, brightly colored, well-focused and agile, caressed the vowel sounds and shaped gorgeous textures…(they forged a splendid sense of ensemble)." In this newest version of the program, the ensemble also tips their hat to music of South America with music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Piazolla and early polyphony of New Spain.


Performers

Cristi Catt, soprano, Laurie Monahan, mezzo soprano, Daniela Tošić, alto, Diana Brewer, mezzo soprano and fiddle, Shira Kammen, alto and fiddle, James Falzone, clarinet/penny whistle and Taki Masuko, percussion


Program

Ave Maria Alan Hovhannes
Michael Patricia Van Ness
Nada Te Turbe Joan Szymko
Know What is Above You Steve Reich
Largo from New World Symphony Anton Dvořák
Goin' Home Spiritual on a theme of Dvořák William A. Fisher
Amazing Grace Shape Note tune, New Britain
Come, Pretty Love, a Shaker Song arr. by Joan Symko
Zion's Walls Revival Song arr. by Aaron Copland
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog
Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map Samuel Barber
Appalachian Folksongs by Stephen Foster, Astor Piazolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, New World Chacona and more…  

Proposed duration

approximately 90' with intermission suitable for a concert hall or a resonant medium-sized church