Springfield, MA

Justin Calcasola, Choral Director

www.sps.springfield.ma.us/schoolsites/johnson

“Oh wont you sit down?”
Genre: African spiritual

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  • Felicia miller

    RMJ are the best, they are awesome and great singers!!

  • Mari

    Awesome!!!

  • Mardy

    These kids are just amazing!

  • Alex

    The kids were great. Excellent job by all!

  • Rhonda Johnson

    They did a great job!!! Awesome……….

  • Annie Parker

    Great choice of songs, and beautifully sung!

  • Anthony

    Outstanding!!!

  • Phillip

    Great Job!

  • Borras

    Congrats on a job well done!

  • Tony

    Awesome job RMJ Chorus!

  • Lebron

    RMJ # 1!!!

  • love it, awesome, great job, and they sound really good and in tune, keep up the good team work…..

  • Marti

    Great job love the song 🙂

  • New Yorks Finest

    I thought I was going to see a bunch 1st graders, but to my surprise they aren’t. Great job kids, all the best of luck!

  • James Andrews

    These kids are very talented,I’m glad my son.IS among a group of great kids.

  • Felicia Miller

    Thank you, i feel the same way my daughter is very lucky to be apart of a great experience with great kids, we are blessed 🙂

  • Jean Caldwell

    I thought these youngsters were great! They have my vote for the Children’s Chorus category. They sang with feeling and made great music!

  • K.C.

    Wow! Really strong and confident. Love the soloist on the first song and the movement on the second song. Keep up the good work!

  • Catherine Girard

    I have a FB account, but I wanted to leave a note anyway. This choir was terrific! You have my vote all the way! Congratulations on a wonderful performance! 🙂

  • This song was defined above and placed in the genre African Spiritual, but there is no such thing! Spirituals are a body of over 6,000 surviving melodies created by slaves in this country. Some of the spiritual’s musical forms are taken directly from and built upon African chants, sounds, rhythms and harmonies. But the language of spirituals and their deep meanings are distinctly American as these slaves realize they are never going back to their homeland where they were kings and queens. The theme of death as freedom, found throughout the spiritual repertoire, is telling of the dire conditions into which the slave was made to…work/breathe. Being a slave is not a way of living. Slavery was, for the slave, simply working/breathing til death. An economic venture from the start, slavery was thought of as a way to build a new country without paying for that labor. It was cheaper to get more slaves than to care for and nourish the ones you own already. Most often, slaves would die of hunger and/or maltreatment, only to be replaced by a newer, younger, stronger “specimen.”

  • Debbie Lynn

    you kids sound great! You sound like way more than nine children! Great projection!

  • Mary Lou LaBarge

    Awesome!

  • This program is sponsored in part by:

    Additional support is provided by: A grant from The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts from the Raymond E. and Mildred G. Clark Foundation Fund and the Members of WGBY.