Wayne Hill and Friends Take The American Songbook to New Heights for Music, Gettysburg!

Written by jspangler on April 13, 2016

Gettysburg’s favorite baritone is joined by soprano Jan Aaland, pianist Michael Matsinko, bassist Buzz Jones, and narrator Jerry Christianson in a journey through the American Songbook this Sunday, April 17th at 4pm.

Hill returns with his “Wayne and Friends” format to explore music by George and Ira Gerschwin, Cole Porter and several songs from World War II. This Music, Gettysburg! concert, free and open to the public, takes place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary chapel on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, PA.

Wayne Hill surrounds himself with the musical talent of the greater Gettysburg area, and designs concerts to special themes, introduces audiences to new music, and in this case, provides new interpretations of favorite parts of the American musical landscape.

One of the Gettysburg area’s most talented and versatile voices, Wayne as born in Gettysburg and graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in Economics in 1970. His lifetime avocation also started at Susquehanna with the study of vocal music. During the 1970’s he had the lead in three musicals at York Little Theater, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music reprising the role of Don Quixote at the Eichelberger Theater in Hanover in 2008; then during the 1980’s and 90’s he had the baritone lead in ten different productions with the Harrisburg Opera Company. He sang with the Harrisburg Symphony in Rigoletto and La Boheme in concert performances. Hill was a professional soloist at Brown memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He sings in many Civil War remembrance events and community services in Gettysburg, and regularly performs with small ensembles called Wayne Hill and Friends or Music, Gettysburg on Tour which travel throughout central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, and Florida…..recently completing their sixth annual central and southern Florida winter tour.   In the summer of 1998 he toured England and Scotland with a solo program sponsored by “Music, Gettysburg!”

The concert, free and open to the public, takes place in the Seminary chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, one of the finest acoustical venues for music in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, see www.musicgettysburg.org or call 717-338-3000 ext 2197.

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I had no idea that such a superb choral group existed in the Gettysburg area.

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