Free and open to the public; Donations gratefully accepted.
Alice Parker, Song Leader
Pamela Warrick Smith, Song Leader
Charles Brown, Reader
Be a part of this joyful annual event with the celebrated composer, arranger, conductor and teacher Alice Parker who has championed the singing of Spirituals by Americans of all ethnicities for nearly five decades. Readings from the sermons and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will also be shared during this uplifting afternoon of music making.
Parker’s arrangements with Robert Shaw of folksongs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. She continues composing in many forms, from operas to cantatas, sacred anthems to secular dances, song cycles to string quartets. She has been commissioned by such groups as the Vancouver Chamber Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chanticleer. Her many conducting and teaching engagements keep her traveling around the United States and Canada.
Now a resident of western Massachusetts, Parker has published books on melody and sacred music, including the acclaimed Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church. She has been recognized by Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, The Hymn Society and Choral Arts New England for her lifetime contributions to choral music. Parker is the recipient of five honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal.