Great American Music is the title of the Mark Twain Chorale's spring 2013 concert, which will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 213 N. Fourth St., in Hannibal, Mo.
This one-time spring concert will be dedicated to the congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church for housing the Mark Twain Chorale's music library since 1961, when the chorale was organized, according to Susan Humphreys, spokesperson for the chorale.
"I think they (the vocalists) are going to sound great," said Lori Scott, chorale director. "They have been working really hard and are an asset to our community."
Pianists will be Amy Foreman, Bonnie Berrey, Leslie McCoy, Louisa Foreman, Janet Ferguson, Sara Kurz and Cheryl Ruhr.
"We are having several pianists, because they are also chorale members and will be singing when not performing on piano," Humphreys said
"The songs are Americana music," Humphreys added. "We are doing several that will tug at your heartstrings and some that are about the rhythm of life."
Two songs will be presented by the women and two by the men, Scott reported.
One of the men's songs, "Tell My Father," is a letter from Civil War soldier to his father, she said, "knowing he is going to die. It's very moving."
Isaac Foreman will be playing the violin.
Another tune is "Little David, Play On Your Harp."
Some songs are historic, Scott said. One will feature a ragtime piano solo, she said. "It is about the legacy we pass down to our children through music."
An Irish folk song, "My Lagan Love," will be sung in the Celtic tradition, she explained. "It was sung by Irish immigrants when they came to the United States.
"We also have a great arrangement of 'Home On the Range.' It will feature Kenny Treaster on the harmonica.
"There will be some soloists," Scott noted, such as for a song featuring two elementary school children. The soloists will be Grace and Elaina Foreman, daughters of Jesse and Amy Foreman.
The song "Through the Window," is "about the legacy of faith we pass on to our children," Scott said. It shows how parents, grandparents and great-grandparents "pray for their children."
The public is invited to the concert. The doors will be open at 7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted to help with concert expenses.