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Appalachian Men’s Ensemble and MECCA Men collaborate to present Appalachian Mountain Song

Brandon Paykamian • Sep 30, 2017 at 10:46 PM

Appalachian culture is defined by many things, and one of those defining features is folk music that’s been passed down through generations.

The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble and the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy Men’s Ensemble will present a joint concert titled “Appalachian Mountain Song” on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingsport and Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City.

According to AMEn Director Alan Stevens, this performance will be the first time the two ensembles have performed together, and the program will feature both familiar Appalachian folk songs and new works from regional composers.

“We wanted to perform songs that are part of our region and culture here,” Stevens said. “Everything in this concert should be familiar.”

“They may not necessarily know the name, but they’ll recognize the tunes when they hear them.”

The performance will feature folk songs such as “Down by the Riverside” and “Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees,” according to Stevens. Each choir will perform separately until the two join forces for their closing number.

“We put them together in new ways that I think people will enjoy,” Stevens said of the music that will be performed.

The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble will also perform the world premiere of a piece by composer Daniel Gawthrop titled “Lead, Kindly Light.” Gawthrop, who is an internationally renowned composer, lived in Gray until 2015. 

Concert admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for East Tennessee State University students.

For more information, visit www.appmensensemble.org or contact the Appalachian Men’s Ensemble at appalachianmensensemble@gmail.com.

Concert updates and more information can be found at www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble and www.Facebook.com/MECCAcademy.  

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