Join us for AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS, a Radiance benefit concert and reception featuring fun and lively early American music from New England, Appalachian, and Shaker traditions. AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS is a perfect performance for families, friends, and children to celebrate the holiday season. Raucous tunes in the shapenote tradition; simple, heartfelt Shaker melodies; and the proud and vigorous New England "primitive" style will take the audience on a journey discovering holiday fare from the variety of traditions that combine to create America's vital and inspiring musical heritage. This narrated performance features songs and carols for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.
We are requiring all guests to provide a photo ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the performance. Guests must wear masks at all times inside the building when not actively drinking. Please note that singers will be unmasked during the performance.
*This program was developed by Richard Greene and Doug Fullington.
William BILLINGS: O praise the Lord of heaven
Nehemiah SHUMWAY: Schenectady
William WALKER: Sweet prospect
Joseph STEPHENSON: Anthem from Luke
Edward FRENCH: New Bethlehem
Jeremiah INGALLS: Redemption
SHAKER: I will bow and be simple
SHAKER: Love is little
SHAKER: Lay me low
SHAKER: New Year’s greeting
TRADITIONAL: I saw three ships
TRADITIONAL: Joys Seven
TRADITIONAL: The cherry tree
Daniel READ: Sherburne
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*Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have changed the location of the event. It will now be held in the Chapel of Epiphany Parish in the Madrona neighborhood.