Midwest Sacred Harp Convention in Chicago
- What's a style of four-part unaccompanied harmony that evolved in the United States & predates barbershop? It's Sacred Harp singing, also known as "shaped-note" or "fasola" singing. Like barbershoppers, Sacred Harp singers have formed their own dedicated community throughout the country; their harmony-filled gatherings are often intensely moving experiences.
The Sacred Harp singers will hold their annual Midwest Convention in Chicago Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29. It may well be the world's largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers. Events will include:
*Saturday & Sunday Singing: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. both days at Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago. Includes dinner on the grounds (local singers are urged to bring a pot luck dish).
*Saturday Evening Social: 7-11 p.m. at North Shore Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie.
The convention is open to the public; admission is free. Why not stop by & find out more about Sacred Harp singing? For more information, call the Chicago Sacred Harp Hotline at 773/276-HARP or visit the Chicago Sacred Harp Web site at http://home.uchicago.edu/~asweinbe/midwest.html.
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