The American Songbag

A Celebration of Simone, Sandburg
and the American Symphony

Performed by a woodwind quintet

of the Hendersonville Symphony

Saturday, July 31 @ 7pm


VIP Floor Seating: $29

Stadium Seating: $26

At-the-Door / Day-of (All Seats): $33

Carl Sandburg's 1927 anthology The American Songbag was a massively influential song collection that heralded the rise of the widespread appreciation of American folksong. The HSO's principal wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) will be performing folksong-inspired works by Dvorak, Still, Simone, and even Dylan in this lively program.


One of the earliest composers to explore the question of a "serious and original US school of composition" was ironically the Czech composer Anton Dvorak.  Living and travelling in the US in the early 1890's, Dvorak composed his "American" Quartet in F major, which was inspired by the culture, spirituals, and even the trains and songbirds of America.


This concert will also feature "Miniatures" by William Grant Still (b. 1895), often called the "dean of Afro-American composers."  The piece includes a number of songs and spirituals from Songbag.


Also on the program is Bob Dylan's "Times they are a Changin."  Dylan visited Sandburg in Flat Rock and presented Sandburg a copy of the song.  Tryon native Nina Simone recorded Dylan's song, and her own "New World Coming" rounds out the concert.