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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crescent Concerts presents 'A Testament of Freedom' today

Plainfield's Crescent Concerts presents its Spring finale today with a program titled "A Testament of Freedom' at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM.

The work from which the concert takes its title is a 1942 composition by Randall Thompson highlighting quotations from Thomas Jefferson. Originally intended for the commemoration of Jefferson's 200th birth anniversary (Thompson was teaching at the University of Virginia at the time), it soon became widely performed as a patriotically uplifting piece during World War II.

The Thompson piece fits nicely with Aaron Copland's arrangement of Shall We Gather At The River, and a setting of Emma Lazarus' famous Give Me Your tired, Your Poor.

The program will also include a selection of spirituals, folk songs and Broadway show tunes. Tickets are available at the door. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is at Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street. (Parking in church lot, on street, or in Swain Galleries lot.)

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Ah! Aaron Copland! Brooklyn-born, like me! I look forward to it.


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