Sam Miller has helped countless Rohrbach Library visitors the past couple years from her perch at the Information Commons Tech Support desk. She’ll be sorely missed around here when she graduates from KU in a few weeks.
Tonight, though, she’ll be entertaining RL guests as part of Die Marriyeschtanne (The Morning Stars), with down-home PA Dutch folk music. Sam will be playing some of her original tunes, too.
The group grew out of work Sam has done, under the aegis of Drs. Bill Donner and Eric Johnson, on ethnomusicology of the region. Her extensive research makes use of hard-to-find field recordings as well as the work of early- to mid-20th century folklorists who collected songs and stories in ‘the dialect.’
Careful attention to the cadences of the Pennsylfawnisch Deitsch
language aside, the trio does not mimic the sounds heard in the old recordings. Sam explains that their project seeks to cement new generations’ Pennsylvania German cultural identity by giving modern interpretations to the songs.
Nonetheless, grandmothers in the audience at a recent performance were moved to wistful nostalgia as they harmonized with Die Marriyeschtanne to the tune of a long-remembered lullaby.
It all happens in RL 103B (Voices & Choices Center) from 7pm. Admission is free. More info: 610-683-4766 or firstname.lastname@example.org