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Friday, April 12, 2019

HG Youth Choirs & Maryland Choir to Sing Together at Concerts on Saturday, April 13 at Wellsboro and Sunday, April 14 at Williamsport

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School Chamber Choir is shown.
The Hamilton-Gibson Young Women’s and Young Men’s Choirs from Wellsboro, Pa. and the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Chamber Choir from Greenbelt, Maryland will present two concerts. The music will be the same at both.

“We met the Eleanor Roosevelt chamber choir on our performance trip to Washington, D.C. last May and sensed a powerful bond,” said Thomas Putnam, HG choir director. “Their choir can sing like you’ve never heard. We’re looking forward to our weekend together.”
Hamilton-Gibson's Young Women's and Young Men's choirs.

The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Auditorium at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building at 227 Nichols Street in Wellsboro. It is sponsored in part by the Penn Wells Hotel & Lodge. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children,18 and under. For tickets, visit or HG's Facebook page and via links go to TicketLeap or buy tickets at the door.

The second concert will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church in Loyalsock Township. The church’s GPS address is 1301 Clayton Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. Admission is free.

During the concerts, the choirs will join in singing a few numbers including the rousing "Glory" from the film "Selma."

The Maryland-based chamber choir, composed of 10th through 12th grade students and directed by Michele Fowlin, will sing five selections. The beautiful and stirring arrangement of "There is a Balm," a beloved African-American spiritual, will "make the wounded whole." "O Clap Your Hands" with lyrics from two Psalms is a rousing call to praise the Creator. "The Tortoise and the Hare" by Darmon Meader is a clever recounting of the familiar Aesop fable of the slow but steady victory of the tortoise over the vain and assuming Hare. "Reincarnations No. 2 - Anthony O'Daly," composed by Samuel Barber, has intense, rich harmonies and is based on a poem by James Stephens. It has been selected by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of the American Masterpieces of choral music. "I Can Tell the World" is a traditional spiritual. It is arranged by Moses Hogan, one of the most prolific and sung arrangers of this genre in the world.

The chamber choir is in high demand and performs for numerous political and social events throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Among the choir's more memorable performances were two at the home of Vice President Joe Biden for Christmas and Black History Month and with award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams. Fowlin is currently the director of choral programs at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, including the chamber choir, and also the artistic director for the Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir.

Ninth through twelfth grade students in the Hamilton-Gibson choirs under Putnam’s direction will sing four different selections, including the haunting "Sure On This Shining Night", a poem by James Agee set to music by Morten Lauridsen. They will also sing the pop tune "Brave" by Sara Bareilles; "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which has become known as the Black National Anthem; and "Please Stay" by Jake Runestad, a powerful song with lyrics based on tweets using #IKeptLiving - expressions of hope from those who battle depression and chose to live.

This August, the HG Children and Youth Choirs are entering their 25th Season. Putnam founded the choirs in 1996. The HG choirs were designated as Tioga County's Singing Youth Ambassadors by the Tioga County Commissioners and Pennsylvania's Singing Youth Ambassadors by the Pennsylvania State Legislature. On April 28, 2015, the HG choirs completed their never-before-attempted goal to sing in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

For more information about these concerts, call 570-724-2079 or email

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