Quire Cleveland Celebrates Early American Music

Sat 4/5 @ 7:30PM

Sun 4/6 @ 4PM

Quire Cleveland’s next program should have some major crowd appeal to audiences of all ages.

Put together by the group’s artistic director Ross Duffin, The Land of Harmony: American Choral Gems features vintage Americana ranging from an early version “The Star-Spangled Banner” to  “Amazing Grace” to tunes by Stephen Foster and early 20th-century African-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett, an Oberlin graduate. Among the offerings: the “Hymn of Peace,” which was sung by a 10,000-voice choir to celebrate the end of the Civil War.

Quire Cleveland won’t have quite that many voices on hand when they perform the program at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday and St. Peter Church downtown on Sunday. But it should be inspiring anyway, given that the ensemble features about 20 professional singers well-versed in vocal music from across the centuries.

Tickets are $7-$25. Those under 18 are free.