Concert Program


Songs of Faith, Courage, and Consolation –
A History of the African-American Spiritual

October 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA (directions to church)

Tickets: $17 in advance, $22 at the door

with vocal soloists: Lourin Plant, Kristina Lewis, and Milo Morris
with the Hopkins Sisters of the Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, Esther Dinkins, director
and the Welch Singers, from Maureen M. Welch Elementary School, Churchville, Susan Johnson, director
 
Part I: History
Before the Civil War (the "Ante-bellum" period):
 
Processional "Ring Shout" : Kumbayah (with audience participation)
           as arranged by Sweet Honey in the Rock from Gullah sources
(Lourin Plant, soloist and leader)
 

Kristina Lewis

Crossing the divide: 
Thomas Lloyd - Camp Meeting  
(Ruth Hook and Kristina Lewis, soloists)
 
Underground railroad:
Rollo Dilworth – Hush! Somebody’s calling my name
(children's choir)
 
After the Civil War and Emancipation:
 
The first Fisk Jubilee Singers ensemble:
Steal Away - as sung by the original ensemble of 9 singers
 
Vocal quartet period:
O Mary don't you weep don't you mourn
as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers Quartet
 
The early gospel style (1930's)
Storms Passing Over - Charles Tindley
performed by the Hopkins Sisters
 
The solo spiritual of the 1920's and 1930's:
"Two Wings" by Roland Hayes, performed by Lourin Plant
"Sometimes I feel like a motherless child" by Harry T. Burleigh, performed by Kristina Lewis
"Cert'ny Lord" by Hall Johnson, performed by Lourin Plant and Kristina Lewis
 
The re-emergence of the choral spiritual:
 
Concert spirituals for large choirs (1930’s):
Hall Johnson - Ain’t got time to die (Kristina Lewis, soloist)
William Dawson – Ezekiel saw de wheel
 
Adaptations from outside the United States:
Deep River, the closing movement from Michael Tippett's A Child of our Time (1944)
(Marie Tavianini, Kristina Lewis, Lourin Plant, and Milo Morris, solo quartet)
 
Songs of justice return in the Civil Rights Movement (1960's):
 Jester Hairston - Hold On! (with civil rights lyrics "Keep your eyes on the prize")
 

* * Intermission * *

 
Part II: The full range of emotion
 
Processional (with audience participation):
Hall Johnson - Walk together chillun (Lourin Plant, soloist)
 

Lourin Plant

Sorrow:
Harry T. Burleigh - Nobody knows de trouble I seen (Milo Morris, soloist)
Hall Johnson - I’ve been ‘buked 
 
Trust in God’s justice and deliverance:
Undine Smith Moore - Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord (Plant, Morris) 
Moses Hogan - Wade in the Water (children's choir)
Eugene Thamon Simpson - Sinnuh, Please don’t let dis harves’ pass
(Kristina Lewis, soloist)
Clayton White - Lord, I ain’t no stranger now 
 
Joy and Consolation:
William Dawson - In his Care-O
William Dawson - Balm in Gilead (Lourin Plant)
Cristi Cary Miller - Let me fly! (children's choir, with Michael Rabayda, piano)
Moses Hogan - This Little Light of Mine (Kristina Lewis)
 
Courage:
William Dawson - Soon-ah will be done
Moses Hogan - Elijah Rock
 
Closing selection (with audience participation):
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arranged by Thomas Lloyd)
 

This concert is made possible through the generous support of the following organizations: