Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Physical (GPS) address: 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Map and Directions
Grand Opening Festival
Yankee Doodle Fought Here
A Bicentennial Celebration
in Words and Music
by Dr. Gordon Myers
TCNJ Alumni Association and
TCNJ Department of Music
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to host the TCNJ Alumni Association and the TCNJ Department of Music in a production of Yankee Doodle Fought Here in the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing.
New Jersey’s part in the American Revolution will be told through the words and music of the times in an original piece being resurrected after 40 years. YANKEE DOODLE FOUGHT HERE was originally conceived, researched and written by Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) professor Dr. Gordon Myers to be performed by a small chorus of singers who are also actors when they read the lines of various historic people. The show was first performed by the Trenton State College Bicentennial Singers on July 4th, 1974 in the Open Air Theater of Washington Crossing State Park as part of New Jersey’s Bicentennial celebration. It later toured the state under the auspices of the New Jersey Bicentennial Commission throughout 1975 and 1976.
The show is made up of vocal music composed and sung in America in the 1700s, interspersed with brief bits of history – thoughts and ideas that were actually written or uttered during Colonial and Revolutionary times. Tied together with a narration, it tells the story of New Jersey’s involvement in the American Revolution.
This performance features some of the singers from the original production augmented by voices from the Music Department of The College of New Jersey. Directed by John Leonard, the Chairman of the Music Department and head of Choral Studies at TCNJ, it is narrated by Ewing resident and former broadcasting and theater personality John Anastasio, who is also a graduate of the TSC Music Department . This performance has been produced by the Music chapter of the TCNJ Alumni Association in cooperation with the TCNJ Department of Music.
John P. Leonard is Director of Choral Activities at The College of New Jersey where he currently teaches:
At TCNJ, Dr. Leonard has led and prepared the choral ensembles in performances both on and off campus including multiple performances at Lincoln Center as the resident American choral ensemble with Project Hand-in-Hand’s annual concert series and at the prestigious “Great Music at St. Bart’s” concert series in New York with the Argento Ensemble. Under his leadership, TCNJ’s Chorale has commissioned, performed and recorded many world and North American premieres including Georg Frederic Haas’s Sieben Klangrüame to Accompany the Incomplete Fragments of Mozart’s Requiem and Andrea Clearfield’s Poet of the Body and the Soul. Recently, Dr. Leonard has also directed the Lyric Theatre at TCNJ and was also the Artistic Director of Cantus Novus, an auditioned chamber choir based in Bucks County, PA from 2010-2012. With Cantus Novus, he produced the ensemble’s first professional recording, Jubilate! A Celebration in Song, including Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and other well-known choral works.
Constantly in demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the country, Dr. Leonard also maintains an active career as a professional tenor and is a core member of The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. He also has a great interest in scholarship and is currently working on a new practical edition of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice to be published in 2015.
Dr. Leonard holds B.M. degrees in both Voice and Music Education from The Hartt School of Music. His M.M. studies are from Westminster Choir College and Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. While at Temple, he was the recipient of the Dr. Elaine Brown Tribute Award in recognition of his work with area choruses. Dr. Leonard received his D.M. from Indiana University where he served as chorus master for the IU Opera Theatre and as the musical director for the undergraduate opera workshop. He has also completed further studies in conducting at the Eastman School of Music and as a Conducting Fellow with Chorus America. He resides in Ewing, NJ with his wife and two sons.
Tickets are only $10 for General Admission and $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase from PayPal. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.
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The 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.
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September 29, 2016
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