A suite of Stephen Foster songs scored for Baritone voice and orchestra in a unique setting by Jeff Tyzik. Reminiscent in style of Copland’s Old American Songs.
Arranged for a Jon Nakamatsu appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the arranger in Vail, Co. 2004.
This slow adagio movement from Pleasant Valley Suite is appropriate for solemn occasions. With it’s “Appalachia” style statement of the melody, to a chorale in the brass and a soaring orchestral theme, it has been used many times by the Rochester Philharmonic on 4th of July concerts after our musical tribute to veterans as a piece to be played during a time of personal reflection by the audience. It has also been used on an All-County orchestra programs.
American Celebration is for full orchestra and SATB choir. The optional Soprano and Baritone soloists can substitute for the choir. The conductor is encouraged to invite the audience to join in on the second verse of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” as well as to ask them to sing along during “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “America the Beautiful.”
Suite contains “Every Time I Feel The Spirit”, “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Perfect for Black History Month.
Optional audience sing a long on America the Beautiful
A warm and respectful rendition of our national anthem with a majestic and uplifting ending.