Grand Opera House welcomes American Tapestry Trio Saturday, April 20

By: Ann Mire, Contributing Writer

CROWLEY - In the finale of the season, a trio of musicians known as American Tapestry will take the stage at the Grand Opera House on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and perform traditional American music.

The trio, headed by Robin Spielberg, a prolific composer/arranger and pianist/vocalist, also includes Kate Macleod (guitar, fiddle, and vocals) and Stephanie Winter (cello).

Using innovative arrangements, American Tapestry showcases classic American songs in a new and fresh manner that should appeal to audiences of all ages.

The songs trace American culture from the Civil War to the Gold Rush and into the 20th century.

The majesty of America is celebrated through such songs as “Home on the Range,” “Oh Shenandoah” and “America the Beautiful.” You may find yourself singing along with such folk tunes as “Bicycle Built for Two” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

Also on their possible playlist is “You Are My Sunshine,” written by Louisiana’s former governor Jimmy Davis.

In describing her concept album, “Sea to Shining Sea: An American Tapestry of Music,” Robin says it contains “the songs that shaped us, the songs that live within us, the melodies of America.”

She also says that the album contains the songs that both she and her parents sang. After the recording of this 16th CD, she formed the American Tapestry trio with the intention of carrying on the traditions of American music.

Vocalist Kate Macleod also contributes both guitar and violin playing. Her range on the violin extends from classical to Celtic to bluegrass.

Stephanie Winters is a New York-based cellist who has toured extensively for over 20 years. She has performed with such artists as Richie Havens and Enya. A 2012 project was “Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice.” In collaboration with her husband Duncan McCargo, this work combines popular song, light classics and ragtime music to tell the story of survivors of the Titanic.

This show should prove to be a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening. Many good seats are still available. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate America and her music.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Kim Gattle at the Grand Opera House office at 785-0440 or visiting the website thegrandoperahouse.org. Ticket prices are $40 for orchestra seats and $20 for seats in the balcony.

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