From purple mountain majesties to buffalo roaming the plain, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ acclaimed Chamber Chorale brings to life America’s collective musical ancestry with the final performance of Americana on Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the highly acclaimed Music Series of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Tickets at SDGMC.org or at the door.
“This is the music so embraced generation after generation that it’s become part of our musical consciousness. We grew up hearing these songs-as did our fathers and their fathers before them,” said Artistic Director RC Haus. “The words, notes, rhythms and melodies speak to us of pioneers, cowboys and everyday people exploring the wide open spaces of a new land.”
The music presented in Americana echoes throughout history, weaving tales of the wide Missouri River in “Shenandoah” with the soaring sounds of the brave, the righteous and the divine in “America the Beautiful,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Amazing Grace.” The evening includes spirituals like “The Battle of Jericho” and the wistful classic “Over the Rainbow” lamenting hardship while seeking hope. And of course, there will be folk songs of men at war and men in love in “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Cindy.”