Music: American Time Trip

The 200th anniversary of the birth of the United States of America is still four years away, but already the celebrations and national self-inspections are beginning—cultural as well as political. Last week in Washington, one of the first and most promising took form on the stage of the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall: a panoramic view of the U.S.'s musical past. The performers were the Paul Hill Chorale, a lively fixture on the capital scene. Called The Music Has Always Been There, their program was both a sonic trip into bygone times and an...

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