Join us on July 20th as we welcome Meg Graf, Eugene’s preeminent harpist & pianist onstage at the Growers Market at the Grange. Meg will perform marvelous arrangements of favorite melodies many of us will recognize.
Also performing will be Eugene’s Sacred Harp Singers. Sacred Harp singing is a non-denominational community musical event whose origins date back to the time when Singing Schools were commonly organized to foster musical skills during the colonial period. The Eugene chapter of Sacred Harp began in 1990 after the Eugene Concert Choir held a sing-a-thon fundraiser. At the fundraiser groups of ECC members sang different genres of music and one decided to try Sacred Harp. A few people had previously been introduced to Sacred Harp and led an excited sing that night. Soon after they began to meet informally throughout Eugene.
Since 1990 the Eugene Sacred Harp singers have met in people’s homes, churches, the East Blair Housing Co-op, the park by the river, etc. They like to sing in a place that resonates well, but do not have any specific qualifications besides ease of use in choosing a space. They also sing once a year at the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Mausoleum, the Holiday Market, the Saturday Market and the Atrium. These sings are not meant as performances, but as a chance for new people to find the group and join in.