Sunday March 1st at 4PM
A Community Concert of American Music - Bluegrass, Gospel and Jazz - to benefit the St. James School, Philadelphia
Featuring combined choirs of the Tatnall School and Church of the Advent; Wilson G. Somers, Director of Music; Alexis N. Droke, Choral Assistant; Lori Geckle, Accompanist; Emmy Award winning pianist/composer - Wilson Somers with special guests: Jazz Legend - Larry McKenna, Tenor Saxophone; Ed Kirkpatrick, Alto Saxophone; Professor Peter Paulsen, Bass and Glenn Ferricone, Drums.
Also featuring a cameo performance by Nashville recording artists, Jenny and Tyler.
A free will offering will be collected.
Refreshments following the concert.
By Art Holveck
This celebration of God’s Word, World and Music may be considered an extremely unusual event for a church like Advent to be presenting. But when you look back at the history of the music program, it really is a predictable happening. Over the past 30 years the Choir Directors have been highly accomplished, professional musicians with wide ranging and highly variable musical interests and accomplishments in addition to dedication and expertise in church music. Worship services and special concerts reflected an increasing array of musical selections, performers and performances in line with the capability and interests of the active participants and the congregation. This concert is the next step in continuing that tradition. When you look at the program, you will see the wide-ranging musical capability, influence and production expertise of Wilson Somers, the current Musical Director, himself an Emmy winner. Included is not only music he composed, but a wide variety of contemporary and inspirational music performed by his friends, family, Youth, High School and Adult choirs, accompanied by soloists with regional and national reputations.
For example, tenor sax player Larry Mc Kenna was a regular in the famous Woody Herman band and is frequently heard now musically and in personal interviews on Philadelphia’s Jazz and Classical radio station, WRTI. He also maintains a large audience on the music savvy West Coast.
Jenny and Tyler are Wilson’s son and daughter-in-law who have made several CD’s and are appearing nationally, including at the Flash venue here in Kennett Square, building a wide audience of fans. The Streckfuss group is Wilson’s daughter’s family and might be considered a modern day version of the Von Trapp family, of Sound of Music fame.
Wilson’s jazz sextet will be playing several pieces mostly being Wilson’s compositions. Membership includes Advent member Ed Kirkpatrick on alto sax and West Chester University professor Peter Paulson on bass. The closing selection, Take Five, is the musical piece that made Dave Brubeck famous and is offered as a special tribute to him. Four years ago Dave planned to attend an Advent jazz concert at Wilson’s invitation while in Philadelphia, but his sickness at the last minute prevented it. Wilson maintained contact with his wife, Iola until her passing last year.
The charity beneficiary of this concert is the St. James School in Philadelphia, an operation well known to Advent members. Our previous help has been very important to the growth and success of that school for under privileged center-city students. We will hear from a leader of that program. All concert donations will go the help them further.
A Time Magazine cover story about Dave Brubeck at the time of his initial success many years ago talked about his music “soaring among the stars with Romulus and Remus”. Hopefully this Advent concert may achieve the same result to the Glory of God. Isn’t it really great to be connected to a church that can put on a show like this!