“American Roots: Harmonies that Shaped a Nation” The Rose Ensemble Noon Concert
In this journey across centuries of folk, spiritual, and cultural traditions, audiences witness the evolution of American musical heritage. From the British Isles came ballads, hymns, fiddle tunes, and country dances that would shape new traditions in the hills of Appalachia, the dance halls of Boston, and the Shaker villages of Kentucky and New York. Four-part harmony spilled out of country churches and became the musical foundation for causes both religious and political, as anti-slavery meetings, tent revivals, and even Presidential campaigns all found power in the marriage of catchy melodies and memorable rhymes.
Meanwhile, vocal lines brewed and bubbled throughout the 19th century, giving birth to what would become Bluegrass and Old-Time Gospel music, with tunes like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and the “Sweet By and By.” The Rose Ensemble’s engaging stage presence, diverse singing styles, and impressive array of folk and classical instruments provide concertgoers with a bountiful harvest of over 300 years of American harmony – all lovingly woven together through story, song, and plenty of foot stomping!