The evening’s entertainment will feature the CAIFA volunteer choir and feature the COLOR COUNTRY WINDS band led by Music Director/Conductor Harry Taylor from Community Presbyterian Church. The choir is comprised of volunteers who live in Iron County and love to sing.
This year’s program will feature a mixture of patriotic songs, poems and prayers honoring America on the eve of the founding of our great Republic on July 4th, 1776 two hundred forty eight years ago.
The COLOR COUNTRY WINDS band will feature; “The Star Spangled Banner” lyrics by Francis Scott Key written as the battle raged at Ft. McHenry in 1814 during the War of 1812. “America the Beautiful” written by Katharine Lee Bates as a poem titled America in 1895. The music was written for another song, Materna, for the hymn O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882 by Samuel A Ward. It was not published as “America the Beautiful” until 1910 when it immediately became one of America’s most patriotic songs. Finally the always stirring “Stars and Stripes Forever” a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America.
The CAIFA choir will open the singing with “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” written by Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body" in 1861. The audience will join the choir in singing a wide variety musical numbers including “This Land is Your Land” is one of the United States' most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1940 based on an existing melody. “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” the music and lyrics by George M. Cohen. “Red River Valley” was written by James Kerrigan and was originally sung in New York State as The Bright Mohawk Valley. By the 1880s this song had settled in the West as “Red River Valley.”
“She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” is a traditional African-American folk song. The song refers to the Second Coming of Christ. The ‘she’ refers to the chariot the returning Christ is imagined as driving “Home on the Range” is the state song of the American state of Kansas. Dr. Brewster M. Higley originally wrote the words in a poem called "My Western Home" in the early 1870s in Smith County, Kansas “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is one of the best known folk songs about the U.S. railway system. The telling line is "...all the livelong day." These men really did back-breaking work that lasted well beyond the hours of labor now acceptable in our society. “God Bless America” is an American patriotic song that takes the form of a prayer was written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” is a spirited march written by George M. Cohen. “Daisy Bell” (On a Bicycle Built for Two) was written in 1892 by Harry Dacre.
The program will feature The Home Girls singing “Home Sweet Home” Adapted from American actor and dramatist John Howard Payne's 1823 opera Clari, or the Maid of Milan, the song's melody was composed by Englishman Sir Henry Bishop with lyrics by Payne.
A special reading of “Casey at the Bat” will be read by Steve Covey followed by everyone singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song.
Members of the Choir Committee are Ruth Kinney, Marguerite Smith, Sister Yvonne Hatt and Harry Taylor. Anyone wishing to join the choir should attend upcoming rehearsals all held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Sunday evenings at 7 pm on June 22, and June 29th.
CAIFA consists of volunteers who are members of St. Judes Episcopal Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, Westview Christian Center, Trinity Lutheran, Parowan United Methodist Church, Community Presbyterian Church, Sunrise Christian Fellowship, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. CAIFA is best known for the Joy of Cooking cookbook containing over 600 recipes including appetizers, beverages, soups and salads, side dishes, main dishes, breads, desserts, and some just for fun. The monies raised from the cookbook were given to the building fund for the Care-N-Share Homeless Shelter.