The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn) will present a concert titled “Merry, Merry Month of May” on Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist, 201 E Market St, Johnson City, and on Sunday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Florida Ave, Bristol, TN. AMEn will be joined in the concerts by the Lugo Family String Quartet, a local instrumental group.
The program includes many different genres of music, ranging from classical works by Giovanni Martini to contemporary hits such as Angels Calling to a newly-composed work by Ola Gjeilo, The Ground. All pieces feature the combined forces of AMEn and strings.
AMEn is an all-male vocal ensemble of auditioned voices from throughout the greater Tri-Cities area. The group is dedicated to performing a wide range of choral repertoire – both sacred and secular – from the late Middles Ages to the present. AMEn is unique in its formation and execution, representing one of the few male choral ensembles of its size to perform music of such a demanding caliber with a limited rehearsal schedule. AMEn was founded in the fall of 2013 and has quickly gained popularity in the region. Dr. Alan Stevens, the Artistic Director, is also the Associate Director of Choral Activities at East Tennessee State University. “I always strive to develop programs that will appeal to everyone,” says Stevens, “Merry, Merry Month of May is an especially exciting concert for us. Working with the Lugo Family String Quartet will add a new level of interest to our concert program, and I’m sure audiences will be thrilled.”
Concert admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact AMEn at AppalachianMensEnsemble@gmail.com. Singers interested in joining the ensemble should contact the chorus manager at the same email address. The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Concert updates and additional information about AMEn can be found at www.AppMensEnsemble.org or on their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble.