The American Soul: Folk Songs, Spirituals and New Works

About This Program

Our first concert this season kicks off with American Triptych by Jake Runestad, an award-winning artist and 2020 Grammy nominee who has been called “one of the best of the younger American composers” by the Chicago Tribune. Here’s how Runestad describes this work:

American Triptych is a collection of three works that, though written separately, can be combined for a three-movement, extended work for chorus and piano. The texts span the USA from East to West featuring authors Henry David Thoreau (Massachusetts), Wendell Berry (Kentucky), and John Muir (California). Each movement expresses an aspect of our human connection with the natural world and journeys through a rushing river, a peaceful lakefront, and a wind storm in the Western Sierra mountains.

The program also includes settings of favorite hymns and folk songs, and selected works by Black American composers.


Cary Arts Center Theater
101 Dry Avenue, Cary


Saturday, November 5, 2022


Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir


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