The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (AMEn) and the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy (MECCA) Men’s Ensemble will present a joint concert titled “Appalachian Mountain Song” on Saturday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Broad St, Kingsport, and on Sunday, October 8, 3:00 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist, 201 S Roan St, Johnson City.
The concert is the first time the two ensembles have performed together, and the program will feature both familiar Appalachian songs and new works by composers from the region. Each choir will perform separately and will join forces for a special closing number. AMEn will perform the world premiere of a work by internationally-renowned composer, Daniel Gawthrop, titled Lead, Kindly Light. Gawthrop lived in Gray, TN, until 2015.
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. Dr. Alan Stevens, the Artistic Director, is also the Associate Director of Choral Activities at East Tennessee State University. The Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, now in its 30th year, is led by artistic director Jane DeLoach-Morison. MECCA has trained hundreds of children in singing. MECCA Men is the advanced high school men’s ensemble of the academy. The program has trained hundreds of children throughout the region in choral singing.
Concert admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.AppMensEnsemble.org or contact AMEn at AppalachianMensEnsemble@gmail.com. Singers interested in joining either choir should contact the same. AMEn and MECCA are both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Concert updates and additional information found at www.Facebook.com/AMEnEnsemble and www.Facebook.com/MECCAcademy.