Classical Music

Celebrating Tradition With Prima Volta

A conversation with Anna Diemer about Prima Volta’s upcoming outreach concert at the Campbell Learning Center.

Anna Diemer and Joshua Zinn
Anna Diemer and Joshua Zinn with a studio selfie.

This weekend, local non-profit group Prima Volta will present its biggest concert yet at the Campbell Learning Center: Gather Round. With a choir of sixteen (including the organization's President Anna Diemer) led by conductor Ben May, they'll be singing American folk songs, spirituals, and canons in a free outreach performance at the center.

"Spirituals and folk songs are an important part of American musical history," says Diemer, emphasizing the relevance of this kind of concert as an educational tool.

Among this program of traditional songs will be one of the earliest American choral composers, William Billings, as well as the likes of Alice Parker, Moses Hogan, Randall Thompson, and others.

Hear my conversation with Anna Diemer about Gather Round above, where we discuss the concert's origin, the importance of the program itself, and the growing Prima Volta family. That performance is free and will take place at the Campbell Learning Center on Saturday, November 19th at 4 PM.

Recordings featured in this segment are Randall Thompson’s Alleluia performed by the Schola Cantorum of Oxford (Hyperion), Moses Hogan’s I Can Tell the World performed by The Choral Project (Clarion), and William Billings’ David’s Lamentation performed by His Majestie’s Clerkes (Harmonia Mundi).

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