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San Francisco Chamber Music Society:
An Evening of Music by American Composers, May 17, 1971

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 41 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded on May 17, 1971 at the Fireman’s Fund Theater in San Francisco, this is the last half of a concert of music by American composers, sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber Music Society. Starting after the intermission, this portion of the concert featured Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “String Quartet.” This was followed by a selection of hymns originally published in the famous “Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion,” a shape note hymn and tune book compiled by William Walker in the mid 19th century. The concert then concludes with a selection of choral music composed by William Billings in the late 1700s. The performing choir is the Cal State, Hayward Chamber Singers, under the direction of Harry Carter.

Musical Selections:  String Quartet (1931) (12:40) / Ruth Crawford Seeger -- The Good Old Way, for chorus (c. 1835) (1:43) / William Walker -- Wondrous Love, for chorus (c. 1835) (2:30) / James Christopher -- The Hebrew Children, for chorus (1841) / David Walker -- Creation, for chorus (c. 1794) (1:48) / William Billings -- David’s Lamentation, for chorus (c. 1778) (2:14) / William Billings -- I am the Rose of Sharon, for chorus (c. 1778) (3:38) / William Billings -- When Jesus Wept (c. 1770) (2:14) / William Billings -- Jargon (c. 1778) (0:26) / William Billings -- Morpheus (c. 1779) (1:29) / William Billings -- Modern Music (c. 1781) (2:34) / William Billings
Performers:  Kenneth Goldsmith, violin (Quartet)
Bruce Freifeld, violin (Quartet)
Pamela Goldsmith or Thomas Heimberg, viola (Quartet)
Andor Toth, Jr., cello (Quartet)
Cal State, Hayward Chamber Singers (all choral songs)
Steven Vario, tenor soloist (Hebrew)
Steven Rogino, soloist (David’s)
Robert Trainer, soloist (David’s)
Lee Anne Stevens (David’s)
Ann Patterson, soloist (I Am)
Larry McRae, soloist (I Am)
Barry Hong, soloist (I Am)
Janice Caldwell, soloist (I Am)
Harry Carter, chorus director (all choral songs)
Genres:  Classical Music; Chamber Music
Subject:  18th century classical; Chamber music; String quartets; Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied; Hymns, English; Anthems
People:  Seeger, Ruth Crawford, 1901-1953; Walker, William, 1809-1875 ; Christopher, James; Walker, David; Billings, William, 1746-1800; Goldsmith, Kenneth, 1938- ; Freifeld, Bruce ; Toth, Andor (Violoncellist); Carter, Harry
Recording Date:  5/17/1971
 
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