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Music of the Carolinas: Shape Note Singers

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North Carolina Museum of History

5 East Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

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December's Music of the Carolinas concert will be a bit different, as the Shape Note Singers of the Research Triangle will share this distinctive music in the Museum lobby!

In the shape note singing tradtion, singers sing a cappella (without accompaniment) and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading. Shape note singing began in Protestant churches in New England in America's early years, and it survived in the rural South and became recognized as an American art form in the 1960s. Today, local singers still gather three times a month around the Triangle to share the music and fellowship of the Shape Note Sing. The Shape Note Singers meet the second Sunday of each month in Durham, the third Sunday of each month in Chapel Hill, and the fourth Sunday of each month in Raleigh. They also host an annual convention in March, drawing singers from across the state and beyond.

Sacred harp singing is another name for this style, referring to vocal cords; early practitioners of this musical style viewed vocal cords as the only instrument necessary. An 1844 songbook is titled Sacred Harp, which gives the music its name and helped it spread by using shapes (triangle, circle, square and diamond) to help singers identify the four notes used in each song.

A limited number of books will be available for anyone who wants to follow along.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

This concert will fall during the Museum's annual Holiday Food Drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Check out the list of the Food Bank's "Most Needed Items," and please consider participating while you're at the Museum. You can also donate to the Food Bank online - For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food or five meals!

Large print program notes will be available, and assistive listening devices will be available as well. Learn more about accessibility at PineCone events

Although this event is free to attend, the performers are paid. Please consider making a donation to the series when you reserve your tickets. Thank you!

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Music of the Carolinas is presented in partnership by PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History.

THANK YOU to Music of the Carolinas sponsors NC Museum of History Associates and North State Bank.

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