MUSIC AT ST. PAUL’S JOINS WITH TEMPLE SINAI TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH “FREEDOM” CONCERT FEATURING MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
Sunday, June 27th at 4:00 p.m.
Music at St. Paul’s will usher in Independence Day festivities 2010 with a concert on the theme of “Freedom!” featuring music by Duke Ellington, on Sunday, June 27, at 4:00 PM in historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 188 S. Swinton Avenue in the heart of Delray Beach. The St. Paul’s Choir will be joined by the Choir of Temple Sinai in Delray Beach, and accompanied by St. Paul’s resident Jazz ensemble, with Brad Keller, piano, Larry Mellone and Glen Rovinelli on saxophone, Roget Pontbriand, trumpet, Mike Egan, trombone, Rupert Ziawinski, upright bass, and Fred Weng on drums.
Soloists for this concert will be Ed Pierson, voice professor at Florida International University, Sophia Beharrie, Director of Vocal Music at the Dillard Center for the Arts, Margaret Schmitt, Cantorial Soloist for Temple Sinai, and Anita Smith, soprano soloist at St. Paul’s.
The centerpiece of the program will be Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert No.2. The idea of writing sacred jazz was suggested to Ellington late in his life by Jewish and Episcopal clergy in New York and San Francisco. His first Sacred Concert was premiered at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco in 1965, and the second was premiered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York in 1968. The work is scored for chorus, soloists and jazz band, and was later recorded by Ellington, who claimed that his three sacred concerts were “the most important thing I have ever done.”
The concert will also include Louis Armstrong’s arrangement of the spiritual Go Down Moses, the well-known hymn Lift Every Voice and Sing, and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom. Narrations will be done by St. Paul’s and Temple Sinai clergy.
A $15 donation is requested for the concert, with preferred (front center) seating available at $18. Students are admitted for a $5 contribution. Tickets can be reserved by phone or online at www.stpaulsdelray.org. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. Updated information will be posted, as it becomes available.
For additional information please contact:
Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp, Director of Music, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
188 S. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444 /
firstname.lastname@example.org, 561-276-4541, Fax (561) 276-0304