Suffield Historical Society’s Press Release for the upcoming Timothy Swan Program by American Harmony

American Harmony Poster

NymCookeVerticalPortraitCreditPaulFranzTitle: American Harmony in Concert: the Music of Timothy Swan (1758-1842)

A Free Concert from 7:30-8:30pm on September 23, 2015 Suffield’s First Church of Christ, 81 High Street. Hosted by First Church of Christ, Kent Memorial Library, and the Suffield Historical Society. Refreshments to follow.

Step back in time on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m., as costumed singers present secular and sacred songs of Suffield native Timothy Swan (1758-1843), whose popular music stirred the soul of early America. In a concert entitled “American Harmony in Concert,” director Nym Cooke, Ph.D. will lead the American Harmony singers in the historic sanctuary of First Church of Christ, 81 High St., Suffield. The program showcases the music of Suffield’s own Timothy Swan (1758-1842), one of America’s first and most important songwriters of his time. Nym Cooke, Ph.D. is the pre-eminent authority on the choral music of early America. His definitive edition of Swan’s complete music, Timothy Swan: Psalmody and Secular Songs, was published by A-R Editions in 1997 as Volume 6 of the national series Music of the United States of America. Cooke has been leading choruses, choirs and community sings in New England for more than 30 years. He is the author of a new book coming out in 2016 titled “American Harmony.” Biographical and musical commentary will be provided by Cooke, whose legendary “infectious enthusiasm,” along with the beautiful voices and finely-tuned musical ensemble of the chorus, will make this a memorable occasion.

The concert is free and open to the public. The First Church of Christ is located at 81 High Street in the middle of Suffield. Home-baked refreshments and conversation will follow the concert. For more information, contact Bill Sullivan or (860) 328-9466.

For more on Timothy Swan, read the recent Suffield Historical Society Newsletter.

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