The Hills are alive with the sound of sacred music

Across the transom this a.m. trundles this announcement from the southern gospel convention singing world (h/t, SS):

The first Singer’s Glen Music and Heritage Festival in five years will take place in the village outside Harrisonburg, Virginia, September 22-23.

According to Dale MacAllister, a Singer’s Glen resident, “The Festival is very much on. . . . Practice for the Singers Glen opera is going well, in fact is ahead of schedule. The opera, really the main focus of the Festival, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the third performance will occur on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. The Harmonia Sacra sing will be Saturday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m.”

Singer’s Glen, you will recall, has deep historical and symbolic significance for southern gospel as the birthplace of the Ruebush-Kieffer music publishing and education bidness that had such a profound effect on A.J. Showalter, James Vaughan and other early twentieth century titans of gospel song in the South. The Harmonia Sacra is the landmark tunebook of shape-note hymns and other sacred songs published by Aldine Kieffer’s grandfather, Joseph Funk, in the mid-nineteenth century.

And an opera! … Well, glory.

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