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Ephrata Cloister Chorus

by The Staff on June 20, 2013


The music of one early American religious community will performed on the grounds of another as Pennsylvania’s Ephrata Cloister Chorus sings at the Shaker Heritage Society this Sunday.

This is a benefit concert—and it’s for a good cause. All proceeds will go toward the stabilization of the 1915 Shaker Barn Complex. And it’s one of the final performances of the chorus under the stewardship of longtime musical director Daryl Hollinger.

In a recent interview with the Lancaster, Pa., Sunday News, Hollinger explained just how unique the music of the Ephrata Cloister is. Conrad Beissel, who founded the cloister in 1732, “was a self-made musician. . . . He created a system of composing that is unlike anything you will ever see.”

And, like Shaker hymns—which will also be performed, as well as African American spirituals—the music of the Ephrata Cloister reflects the religious beliefs and lifestyle of those pioneers.

The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform Sunday (June 23) at 3 PM the Shaker Heritage Society (25 Meeting House Road, near Albany International Airport off Heritage Lane, Albany). Tickets are $10, free to youth under 18. For more info, call 456-7890.