The Klyne Esopus Museum presented:
Photo by Harry McCarthy
Amazing Concert: The Story of Sacred Music in Esopus
October 4, Reformed Church, Salem Street, Port Ewen
• The Association of Native Americans of the Mid Hudson Valley
• Ulster County Outreach Community Choir
• Bruderhof String Ensemble
• Klyne Esopus Concert Chorus
Under the direction of Linda Bresnahan McCarthy.
Guest organist is Rev. Kenneth Walsh of the Old Dutch Church.
The concert is a companion event to this year's Klyne Esopus Museum exhibit 'We Gather Together: Sacred Houses in Esopus. The museum is located on Rt. 9W in Ulster Park between El Paso Winery and Headless Horseman hayrides.
The concert follows the historical progression of sacred music in Esopus starting with a Native American chant, followed by a Dutch Hymn, a Negro Spiritual, and musical selections from Religious groups who established themselves in the town, including hymns by Bach and Mozart.
Threaded throughout the program will be the story of the song 'Amazing Grace', and its evolution from sacred song, to folk song, to most adapted song. The audience will be invited to participate in singing a verse of 'Amazing Grace' as the finale of the concert.
The concert is a benefit for the museum with a suggested donation of $10 per person.