Pamela_Reinagel_2_cropFolk music historian and artist Pamela Reinagel will present a concert of “sung stories” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (June 18) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.  The performance will highlight the traditional art of ballad singing.

Inspired by American folk music legend Doc Watson and the haunting melodies of ballads he recorded, Reinagel began exploring songs and stories by other traditional folk singers and discovered a rich litany of music leading back to earlier ballads of England, Ireland, and Scotland.  Listening to recordings of traditional ballad singers brought Reinagel to new interpretations of more familiar, recently written songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Reinagel will perform “songs that tell interesting and often touching stories – whether tragic or triumphant, intimate or epic, familiar or obscure.”  She adds, “I have tried to reconstruct from traditional and historical sources a version of each song which best tells its story.“  Her ballad singing was featured at the San Diego roots music festival earlier this year.

Reinagel lives in San Diego with her two children. She is a professor of neurobiology at the University of California San Diego, where she also teaches a course on the history and culture of American folk songs.   Her father, Fred Reinagel, is founder and artistic director of The Vail Chorale, a local community chorus sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District.

Submitted by Valerie Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer

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“Sung Stories” Featured at Academy Village: June 2013
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