Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines Featured on New CD, "Celebrating the American Spirit"
By Andrew Gans
The new CD "Celebrating the American Spirit," performed by Essential Voices USA and conducted by Judith Clurman, will be released on iTunes Oct. 23.
Guest artists on the recording include Tony nominees Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines.
The centerpiece of the CD is Sing Out, Mr. President, a song cycle of 16 newly commissioned compositions set to quotations by American presidents from Washington to Obama. The cycle showcases the American composers Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Jason Robert Brown, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Larry Hochman, Michael Gilbertson, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Andrew Lippa, David Ludwig, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Georgia Stitt, Zachary Wadsworth and Jesse Wiener.
The CD also includes new and newly arranged works by composers and writers such as Irving Berlin ("It Gets Lonely In the White House" and "God Bless America"), Leonard Bernstein ("Take Care of This House"), Sheldon Harnick ("Reason to Be Thankful"), Jennifer Higdon ("A Quiet Moment"), Larry Hochman ("Two Paraphrases on American Anthems & American Dream") and Laurie Hochman ("The Pledge of Allegiance and American Dream"), David Ludwig ("The New Colossus"), Stephen Paulus ("Hymn for America"), Marc Shaiman ("A Seed of Grain: Theme from The American President") and John Philip Sousa ("Stars and Stripe Forever").
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