On Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. journey into the past with a community SING in the hills of Hawley, Massachusetts. The Hawley Meeting House, circa 1848, has just the right acoustics for making and listening to music. Alice Parker will focus on music from around the Civil War era, music with a uniquely American sound, including shape-note hymns from many period sources. Alice is renowned for her emphatic belief in creating "communities of sound through singing." She welcomes all to lend their voices in support of the restoration of the Meeting House, and to relish the transformation of their sound into a spirited understanding of our historic past.
The afternoon will start with shape-note hymns but will probably include popular war and parlor songs of the 19th century as well. Knowledge of shape notes is welcome but by no means required.
Contributions at the SING will go toward the restoration of the interior of the Meeting House. Singers will receive a booklet containing all of the songs sung at this historic event. Water and snacks will also be provided.
Join us in Hawley on this special Sunday to take advantage of this opportunity for an extended Sing with nationally acclaimed musician Alice Parker and enjoy her unique insights into our American heritage of song.
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