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“Chronicles Of Blue And Gray”

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“One wore Blue and the other wore Gray”

The sound of fife and drum conjures up images of battles waged in the history of this country.  “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” performed at  North Stuart Baptist Church on May 16th and 17th by the Treasure Coast Community Singers did just that. The production, under the direction of artistic director, Dr. Doug Jewett,  included an orchestra and soloists Mitchell Landrum and Sarah Bartal Malone.

Composed by John Purifoy to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this composition incorporates a selection of folk songs, spirituals, poetry, historical speeches, and other elements of the Civil War era into a moving and memorable mélange of orchestral and choral music. In the words of Dr. Jewett, “The emotions of the conflict that divided our country during the Civil War are relived in The Chronicles of Blue and Gray. This musical gives a historic recalling of the battles, yet, personalizing the experience for both the performers and the listeners.”

This concert is one of only four performances of Purifoy’s work before he puts it to rest. He will not publish it but instead wishes his grandchildren to revive it for the 200th anniversary of the Civil War. Members of the Treasure Coast Community Singers were invited to perform this work in New York at Carnegie Hall in June 2014 and it was a great honor for us to perform and share it with you.

A Grant supporting this concert was provided by the Women Support the Arts.

TCCS is a 501(c)3 organization with 140 members from the Treasure Coast. A portion of ticket sales funds a scholarship program for local students pursuing careers in music. The organization’s goal is “to keep people singing.

 

Author: Terry Garrett

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