Sacred Harp Singing
in Wilmington, NC:
- Saturday, APRIL 6, 2013
- Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington
- Workshop at 10:00 am led by Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg of Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts
- Singing to follow until 3:30 pm, with a break for lunch
- Admission: donation
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What is Sacred Harp Singing?
This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.
The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. Veteran singer and song leader Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg will guide beginners and others in a singing workshop at 10 am. No previous experience is necessary, and loaner books are provided.
Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at fasola.org
Screening: “Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp”
The acclaimed 2008 documentary by Matt and Erica Hinton has aired on many PBS stations in recent years. It will be introduced by Cleve Callison, Station Manager of WHQR and producer of Sacred Harp Singers, an award-winning radio documentary on Sacred Harp singing for NPR.