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Music In The Time of HamiltonWestern Wind

This program celebrates the extraordinary energy and diversity of the music that was created, sung and played when Alexander Hamilton and his peers were fighting the American Revolution and creating the American Democracy.

The program features music commemorating battles and events of the Revolutionary War including The Liberty Tree sung to words by Thomas Paine, Bunker Hill by Andrew Law (1748-1821), Lamentation Over Boston (the Boston Massacre) by William Billings (1746-1800); the signing of the Declaration of Independence – Ode for the Fourth of July by Horatio Garnet (c.1790); songs celebrating George Washington (William Selby (1738-1798), and Alexander Hamilton’s favorite song (How Stands The Glass Around), sung at a banquet the week he was shot by Aaron Burr (who was at also in attendance at the banquet.)

Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background -- from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ’n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. In addition to maintaining a demanding performance schedule, which has included such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Ordway Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, The Frick Museum, The Jewish Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Western Wind regularly conducts workshops in ensemble singing. The workshops, attended by vocalists ranging from novice to professional, address the particular challenges of singing in small, largely un-conducted ensembles. www.westernwind.org

Linda Jones, Gayla Morgan, sopranos; William Zukof, countertenor; Todd Frizzell, David Vanderwal, tenors;
Paul An, bass

1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

 

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Location:
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.