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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Arts Calendar

Appalachian Men’s Ensemble honors Region’s Railroad Heritage

Date(s):  May 17 - 19, 2019
Venue: Various Venues
Along The Crooked road
Southwest Virginia, VA 24201

GRAY/JOHNSON CITY — The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble presents a concert titled “On the Move” Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Gray United Methodist Church, and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City. These concerts are open to the public on a donation basis (suggested $10 for adults and $5 for students).

AMEn is an all-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices from throughout the greater Tri-Cities area. The choir was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to performing a wide range of choral repertoire — both sacred and secular — from the late Middles Ages to the present.

The concert theme “On the Move” was chosen to correspond with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Johnson City in 1869. To commemorate this milestone, AMEn performs a wide variety of songs relating to trains in honor of the historical connection of the Tri-Cities region to the railroad. Concert selections will come from a wide variety of genres, including jazz (“Chattanooga Choo-Choo”), gospel (“If I Have My Ticket”), bluegrass (“Orange Blossom Special”), and folk (“Peace Train”). The choir also premieres a new arrangement of “Get On Board” by Lou Dyar, written specifically to commemorate Johnson City’s 2019 Sesquicentennial.

“This concert promises to be a fun change of pace for our ensemble,” said DeLong, Artistic Director of AMEn. “We invite the community to join us in celebrating our region’s railroading history with these well-loved songs.”

Concert updates and additional information about AMEn can be found at or on their Facebook page

Topics: Music

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