Foresingers Nov 19, 2017 Sing Colonial Hymns

The Foresingers are back! They will present a colonial hymns program Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4:30 p.m., at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, 328 West Orange Street, Lancaster. All are welcome to this free program.

The Foresingers formed in 1993 as a group of 12 select singers interested in American early music. Performing in historic sites and museums and academic conferences, they took the music to several states and Canada. They won cameo appearances in two PBS documentaries.

In celebration of having the score engraved this year, the group decided to gather again, including the piano, temple blocks, zither, flute, harp and bells.

These early tunes sung by ear were popular before singing schools taught harmony and hymnals printed notes. The music evokes a world of unison, slow mystery. When John Adams went to church in New York in 1774 he wrote to Abigail that the singing was “in the old way,” with all the “dawdling and quavering.”

Photo caption: Four of the singers in costumer before a concert a few years ago. This event will not be costumed.


Rebirth CD Cover

After 45 year on vinyl, Rebirth is emerging again with this re-release of their third and final self-titled album produced by Harmonies Workshop.


As seniors at Eastern Mennonite College, Rebirth peaked with a recording contract and an offer of a one-year touring contract from a national campus ministry. They graduated, took a VW bug and their music to state-of-the-art studios in Atlanta and NYC and made their third and final recording.


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