Music of the Americas

By Libby Parker

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m Tim Anderson, new director of the Camerata Emanon Singers, will present his inaugural concert Music of the Americas at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St.

Say the name Tim Anderson in Rockford-area music circles and everyone has a story regarding his legendary memory, musicality, or his self-deprecating sense of humor. Anderson has sung in many area choirs, has directed the Unicantors at the Unitarian Universalist church for 12 years, and was choir director at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. A highly professional organist and pianist with a fine tenor voice, he is in demand, and “Call Tim!” is what harried directors do when they need someone to fill in at the last minute.

When Rulee Stallmann, creator/director of this select chamber chorus, retired last year, she passed her baton to Tim Anderson, a founding member who sang for 10 years.

Anderson was asked how he chose the theme for his upcoming concert. He cited his students at Kishwaukee College, where he teaches Spanish.

“When I teach the word ‘Americano’ to my students, they don’t realize that ‘America’ means much more than just us.”

Anderson looks forward to showcasing how musically varied the Americas are to the concert-going public. He has chosen Stephen Chatman’s haunting choral settings of folk songs from Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland; Aaron Copeland’s music from the U.S.; and the sensual rhythms and harmonies from Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina.

Fans of Stallmann’s programs will find that Anderson carries on her legacy.

“I hope to keep the tradition of performing the same sort of diverse music that Rulee always chose. And I will keep building on the past; always looking for new, interesting works.”

Music of the Americas is presented on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. For further info visit You can also email or call 815-633-1785.

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