MELODEON: Iconic 19th and 20th Century American Music to Benefit Epiphany Arts

Dimanche, Juin 9, 2013
Emplacement: 
Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue, New York, NY

4 pm


Tickets:          Free will donation to benefit Epiphany Arts


MELODEON presents a special end-of-season concert to benefit Epiphany Arts featuring an unusually broad selection of iconic but rarely performed American music heard in the during the 19th and early 20th Century: Synagogue music for voice and harmonium; Ernst Bacon songs on poetry of Whitman, Dickinson and Sandburg; a performance on a rare 1902 Mustel Art Harmonium of Australian/American Percy Grainger’s “The Immovable Do”; Afro-American Spirituals arranged by Margaret Bonds and Hall Johnson, plus music for two unusual 49-note vintage Schoenhut American toy pianos. Church of the Epiphany is a beautiful venue that hosts and presents many concerts.  A fine acoustic space, Epiphany also possesses a beautiful pipe organ and a fine 1920s restored Mason & Hamlin small grand piano.


Performers:


Artis Wodehouse playing a 1902 Mustel Art Harmonium and piano


Marti Newland, soprano


George Spitzer, baritone


Program:


- 19th Century American Synagogue music by Louis Lewandowski and Jacob Sandler for harmonium and baritone


- Six songs by Ernst Bacon on poetry by Whitman, Dickinson and Sandburg


- Four Notes: a Cycle of Solfegic Pieces by Ernst Bacon for Schoenhut toy pianos


- Afro-American Spirituals arranged by Margaret Bonds and Hall Johnson


- The Immovable Do for Mustel Art Harmonium by Percy Grainger