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27th Annual Sacred Harp Midwest Convention

INVITATION

You are invited to check out Sacred Harp singing in it's full glory! Every year, over 150 singers from around the country convene in Chicago to raise their voices together for two full days of jubilant singing. This type of annual singing event is part of an American singing tradition that extends over the past 160 years. It is open to the public. It is FREE. And, it is open to people of all ages and ability levels. Feel free to bring friends, family members, fellow choir members. You can attend the entire event or just portions of the event (See below for suggested times to plan your visit). Whether you attend for the entire two days or simply for two songs, you'll be very happy you checked it out. This could be your start to a rewarding, life-long journey in Sacred Harp singing!

INFORMATION ABOUT SACRED HARP SINGING

Many people have never heard of Sacred Harp singing. If this is your first exposure to Sacred Harp singing, shape-note singing, or community-based singing, please visit the following three websites to start learning more. In addition, videos of Sacred Harp singing are including at the end of this event notice.

http://www.meetup.com/chicagoSacredHarpSinging/

http://fasola.org/

http://chicagosingings.org/

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Day #1: Saturday, April 28th, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

1419 W. Blackhawk St., Chicago, IL 60622.

Day #2: Sunday, April 29th, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630

SUGGESTED OPTIONS FOR DAY #1 OR #2

A Sacred Harp singing convention can be an overwhelming experience for first time visitors. Here are a few suggestions for planning your visit. Choose the option that works best for you. Or, simply stop by whenever you get the chance. Regardless of how long you stay, you'll be happy you stopped by! If you decide to attend, you do not need to 'RSVP.' However, if you do 'RSVP', it will help others know that you're attending and catch up with you during the day. It will also help other newcomers from this Meetup group connect with you. Hope you can attend!

1. FULL DAY OPTION

9:30 am - 3:00 pm : Sing/Listen/Learn/Socialize

Noon - 1:00 pm : Enjoy the potluck meal

2. MORNING OPTION

9:30 am - Noon : Sing/Listen/Learn/Socialize

Noon - 1:00 pm : Enjoy the potluck meal

3. AFTERNOON OPTION

Noon - 1:00 pm : Enjoy the potluck meal

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm : Sing/Listen/Learn/Socialize

4. ATTEND WHENEVER YOU WISH OPTION

Stop by whenever you have the chance

VIDEOS OF SACRED HARP SINGING

1. A Sacred Harp Song at a Singing Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7CWwgt_2IM

2. A Sacred Harp Song in the Movie "Cold Mountain"

Audio Recording Of "I'm Going Home"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g1UHZwN3ds&feature=relmfu

Stage Performance of "I'm Going Home"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWQDl6cyj2Y&feature=related

3. Looking Through the Eyes of One Singer at the Annual Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Singing Convention, First Started in 1852

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQMUWZqwl1c

4. Introduction to Urban Revival of Sacred Harp Singing
(8 min)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaLnG7vfVOc&feature=related

5. BBC Documentary on White Gospel & Sacred Harp Singing

(10 min)

The first 2 minutes describes Gospel singing conventions.

The next 7 minutes describes Sacred Harp singing conventions.

The final minute describes the beginning of Gospel quartet singing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBdMD19NvN8&feature=related

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  • Steve W.

    Fantastic singing: powerful, enthusiastic, moving.

    April 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually went to the singing on Sunday instead of Saturday...enjoyed the experience very much! Looking forward to future singings!

    April 29, 2012

  • Jim V.

    I'll be attending the Saturday singing - if you're new or new-ish to Sacred Harp singing and would like to meet up at this singing, let me know and I'll make sure you get properly situated and introduced!

    March 20, 2012

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