SHREWSBURY, NJ – On June 30th, the Shrewsbury Chorale will present a concert called “American Voice” at 8:00 PM at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church located at 818 Tinton Ave. in Tinton Falls. The concert will be conducted by Anthony LaGruth, conductor and artistic director and accompanied by Mark Cook.
Many of the selections in this concert are based on literary works by well-known authors. Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy” is based on a text by Walt Whitman and was performed at Richard Nixon’s Inaugural Concert. New York born composer, John Corigliano greatly admired the author Dylan Thomas, who wrote “Fern Hill”. Corigliano’s original setting of “Fern Hill” was written for his high school music teacher. To celebrate the bicentennial of Amherst Mass., Randall Thompson was commissioned to write music to Robert Frost’s poetry. Thompson chose 7 poems for “Frostiana” to honor the town’s famous resident. Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of David” is taken from the Bible (II Samuel 23:3-4). Well-known American composer Aaron Copland wrote 2 sets of “Old American Songs. The concert will feature his second set, written in 1952. Tickets are available at the door$10-$25) or group and advance tickets may be purchased at a discount. Call 732-513-8413 or visit for ticket pricing or other information. “Experience the joy of live performance.”