Around the World In 80 Songs...or Less!


The GAMAC Chorale under the direction of Dr. Don Campbell will open the 2014-2015 Concert Season with Around the World In 80 Songs…or Less on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30pm at Boulevard Baptist Church. Featuring a whirlwind tour of folk songs from around the world, audiences of all ages will enjoy this musical journey!

Just like Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s beloved Around the World In 80 Days, the Chorale will circumnavigate the globe musically with a wonderful mix of familiar tunes such as Shenandoah from here in the USA and Guantanamera from Cuba to unfamiliar works such as L’amour de moi from France, A Feast of Lanterns from China and Autumn Leaves Are Falling/Roaming the Levee by Breclav Town from Hungary and Slovakia. Tunes from England will be featured including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ arrangement of The Turtle Dove with baritone Addrian Wilson and “Early One Morning.” The evening will also celebrate Native American songs with the beautiful Yanaway Heyona by the Iroquois People of the Six Nations. The musical journey will also include stops in Ecuador, Kenya, Spain and more! “There’s such a wealth of terrific music from all cultures, “ said conductor Don Campbell. “The creativity these songs display is a wonderful, kaleidoscopic representation of the beauty and power of the human spirit,” he said.

A special highlight of the evening will be performances of the English favorite This Old Man and Brazilian folk tune A Moda da Garranchinha by the GAMAC Children’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Bob Heritage. “It is our pleasure to have the Children’s Chorus join us for this opening concert, “said Campbell. “They are a fine group of young singers,” he said.

Patrons wishing to learn more about the songs prior to the concert, are invited to join Dr. Campbell and the GAMAC Guild for a pre-concert dinner and lecture in the Christian Life Center at Boulevard Baptist Church beginning at 5:45pm on the evening of the concert. Advanced reservations for dinner are required by November 3. Tickets for the dinner are priced at $20 and do not include concert tickets.

Concert tickets for Around the World In 80 Songs…or Less are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.

This performance is made possible with generous sponsorship support from Mr. & Mrs. Mason Garrett. Support is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This performance is presented in loving memory of beloved Chorale member, Wayne Martin.