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Sarasota News Leader June 21, 2013 Page 82 GERSHWIN TO BE PRESENT FOR PREMIERE OF GETTYSBURG ANTHEM Composer Alan Gershwin will be in Sarasota for the Florida premiere of his Gettysburg Anthem, a musical celebration of the Gettysburg Address, the choral group Gloria Musicae has announced. The premiere will be a highlight of Celebrating America, "Gloria Musicae's Independence Day concert paying tribute to American composers and to the American spirit," on July 4 at 4 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, a news release says. The multimedia concert, featuring the Gloria Musicae Singers, will showcase works by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Stephen Foster and the Andrews Sisters, as well as songs made famous during the Big Band era, the release adds. "We're honored that Alan Gershwin, the son of the great George Gershwin, and a celebrated composer in his own right, will be here to share his inspired homage to Lincoln 's milestone address," says Dr. Joseph Holt, Gloria Musicae's artistic director, in the release. "We're pairing this dynamic, moving work Alan Gershwin/Contributed photo with a rousing choral rendition of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, so it promises to birthday, the release notes. The present version, for tenor solo, chorus, organ and trumbe a choral tour de force." pet, debuted in 2012 at the New York Avenue "For decades, Alan Gershwin has paid tribute Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., the to the work of his legendary father while add- church regularly attended by the Lincoln faming to the repertoire of American music with ily following his inauguration in 1861, it adds. his own critically acclaimed compositions," Tickets are $35 for general admission and $15 the release points out. for students with ID. Ample, free parking is A fully orchestrated version of Gettysburg An- available at the Zenith Garage on Mira Mar them premiered in 2009 at a Kennedy Center Court, the release notes. For tickets, call 360concert celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th 7399 or visit

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