America the Beautiful: A Veterans Day Celebration
Manhattan Concert Productions is thrilled to open its 2019-2020 season with America the Beautiful: A Veterans Day Celebration this November featuring the National Festival Chorus, led by Grammy-Award winning guest conductor Jerry Blackstone.
The evening will include classic American works, such as “America, the Beautiful,” “Song of Democracy,” "Shenandoah," "Danny Boy," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Jerry Blackstone served as director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for 30 years. In 2006, he received two Grammy Awards ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as chorus master for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom's monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The recent Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorus master, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award ("Best Opera Recording").
The concert also features Memorial Concert Band of Colonie, conducted by Arthur B. Himmelberger. Selections will include George M. Cohen's "Over There", composed in 1917 on the very day that the United States declared war on Germany, in addition to Edwin Bagley's "National Emblem" and the "First Suite in Eb for Military Band" written by Gustav Holst.
Also featured will be the Cherry Creek Girls’ 21 & Troubadours, conducted by Adam Cave & Sarah Harrison.