EASTON — The annual community Americana concert to honor the nation’s birthday will be held Sunday, June 30, at the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church sanctuary.

Unlike previous years, the performance will start at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The concert, with the theme “I Hear America Singing,” will feature a combined community choir, singer Terron Quailes and trumpet player Emma Hoey. Dr. Mark Higgenbottom and Ellen Grunden will be on piano, and Dr. Bill Curry will join at the organ.

This is the first Americana concert, which dates back to 2004, without Dr. Bill Wharton, who died May 19. Wharton was St. Mark’s organist for 52 years.

The performance also will feature the students of the CrashBox Theater Company of Easton.

The concert will celebrate the Independence Day holiday and explore the American idea and national identity with works by notable Americans, including poet Walt Whitman, poet Langston Hughes and composer Irving Berlin.

Among the songs featured will be “I Hear America Singing,” “Walk in Jerusalem,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and other patriotic melodies.

A free will offering will be collected for the Easton Elementary School CarePack program.

The program is funded partially by the Talbot County Arts Council on a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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