June 4 – CHESAPEAKE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL-Opening concert. Christ Church, Easton. www.chesapeakemusic.org or 410-819-0380.
On Sunday, March 16 soprano Georgiann Gibson joined by the Christ Church Choir, the Christ Church Choral Scholars, and instrumental guests will present a concert of sacred music at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton. The program will feature a host of favorites from oratorio to gospel including Mendelssohn’s “Hear Ye, Israel,” “Domine Deus” from Vivaldi’s Gloria, “He’s Got the Whole World in Hands,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” Jester Hairston’s rousing “He Never Failed Me Yet” and more! This concert marks the seventh in a series of eight concerts presented by the Christ Church Concert Series. Filled with moments of exquisite beauty contrasting with rapturous energy, this is sure to be one of the season’s highlights and a concert one definitely shouldn’t miss!
Gibson, whose exquisite vocal beauty and tonal warmth is championed throughout the region, is a frequent soloist at the United States Naval Academy, Easton’s Christ Church and The Easton Choral Arts Society. Formerly a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s chorus of choice, the Mendelssohn Choir, she has sung under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Andre Previn. A member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, Gibson has appeared with the Annapolis Opera as Annina in Verdi’s, La Traviata and maintains a private voice studio in Easton.
This concert is sponsored in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils. The public is invited, and a free will offering will be received. A reception will be held following the concert.
~Children from Uganda journey to inspire and share their culture with America
Cultures will unite when the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa performs at Christ Church, Easton at the Alive at Five service on September 21st and at Christ Church/Living Water, Kent Island on September 22nd at the 8am & 10am services to bring a message of joy and hope through African song and dance.
Daraja means “bridge” in Swahili, and the Choir, made up of 24 children from Uganda, serve as a bridge to connect the people of Africa and America. This is a life-changing opportunity for these children to learn and experience American culture, as many of them have never experienced life outside of Uganda. At the same time, Americans have the opportunity to step into the lives of these Ugandan children by hearing their testimonies and experiencing traditional African song and dance.
“We are so excited to be hosting Daraja Choir once again, since 2010 we have look forward to inviting them back into our homes, church and community. It is amazing to see God working through each and every child as they connect with many during their stay.” – Kim Willard Christ Church Youth/Family Minister
The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa is embarking on two U.S. tours this year, which includes a stop in Stevensville, MD. In spite of dealing with unimaginable hardships, these children are overflowing with joy and love, which they are eager to share, as is evident in their performance.
The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa is part of The 410 Bridge, a non-profit organization focusing on holistic community development in Uganda, Kenya, and Haiti. The 410 Bridge exists to connect people within the body of Christ to contribute to the self-developing capabilities of the people we serve.
For more information on this topic and the organization, visit www.410bridge.org or www.DarajaChildrensChoir.com.
Christ Church Easton is pleased to present a special holiday concert by The Capital Ringers on Saturday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. The handbell ensemble will perform a selection of Christmas music on English handbells. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the sounds of the season, including Joy to the World, Blue Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Wizards in Winter. Tickets may be obtained in advance by calling Christ Church at 410-822-2677 and will also be available at the door. A $10.00 donation is requested for adults. Tickets for children and students are free.
Christ Church recently presented a donation of $5,000 to Talbot Interfaith Shelter. This generous gift came from the profits of the “Duck Inn,” Christ Church’s annual outreach during the Waterfowl Festival.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Christ Church and the Outreach Committee for their hugely generous and heartfelt donation to TIS,” said Julie Lowe, TIS board president. “It will be put to excellent use this winter season providing a safe haven to those in desperate need. I hope everyone supports ‘Duck Inn’ during the Waterfowl Festival. The crabcakes are delicious!”
The Duck Inn will be open again this year during the Waterfowl Festival, Nov. 12 to 14.
“Duck Inn represents a tremendous outpouring of time and energy across the Christ Church congregation,” said Emily Moody, who is leading the outreach this year. “We are pleased to be able to contribute our efforts to such a necessary and important cause right here in our community, where we know it makes a difference.”
Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) will open for its third season Dec. 5, and is looking for volunteers and donations to help the area’s needy this winter. For more information, contact Julie Lowe at email@example.com or 410-310-2316.
Donations may be made online by going to www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org and clicking on the “You Can Help” page. Checks should be made out to Foundation for Community Partnerships, with Talbot Interfaith Shelter on the memo line. They may be sent to TIS, P.O. Box 2004, Easton, MD 21601.
Internationally Acclaimed Pianist to Perform at Christ Church on November 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Christ Church Easton is honored to offer a rare musical opportunity for the Easton community as we welcome Teresa Walters, world renowned pianist, for a concert on Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. Hailed by Austrian National Television as “one of the world’s most significant pianists,” Teresa Walters is a pianist like no other. She has performed on six continents and in most of the 50 United States, taking sold out crowds to places that Fanfare Magazine describes as “where words can never reach.”
Whether performing for European royalty in Esterhazy Palace or fundraising for children’s charities in Delhi, Teresa Walters is a musical ambassador both at home and abroad. A familiar face on the world’s greatest concert stages, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Great Hall of Moscow. Her international tours have included Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, Japan, India and Israel. Other highlights include brilliant debuts in Manila and Hong Kong, performances with the Romanian Brasov Philharmonic, a South American debut in Sao Paolo, and the inaugural recital of the International Liszt Cycle for the Liszt-Kodaly Society of Spain. Teresa Walters is the first American pianist invited by Hungary to perform three prestigious European recitals honoring the anniversary of Liszt’s birthday. In addition to recitals at the Liszt Academy of Music and Memorial Museum in Budapest, she performed at the Esterhazy Palace under patronage of Prince Anton Esterhazy. Her recital at Liszt’s birthplace was televised, and her recordings have received nominations for the Grand Prix du Disque. With the nomination of her CD for the Grand Prix du Disque, The Budapest Sun wrote: “Her fingers give off sparks and she takes the keyboard into orbit.”
Tickets for the concert are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students 18 and younger. To purchase tickets, please contact the office of Christ Church Easton at 410-822-2677 or email Wes Lockfaw, Minister of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Between the Lines
An interactive course designed to teach adults the basics of music reading and sharpen one’s ability to read, sing or play music. Taught over eleven weeks, the class will offer a systematic approach to understanding music notation and theory increasing one’s ability to participate in musical activities.
Tuesdays, September 14 through November 23, 10:30 a.m. – noon
For information or to register, call 410-822-2677 by September 8.
A Survey of Christian Hymnody
For centuries, the faith community has expressed its beliefs and experiences through its musical language. Learn how congregational singing has changed since the earliest biblical accounts, how modern day expressions were shaped through a continuous heritage, and what congregational music may look like in tomorrow’s church. Text fee: $30
Mondays, September 20-October 25, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
For information or to register, call 410-822-2677 by September 13
The French Connection
The Music Ministry of Christ Church Easton will offer a free lecture based on the music of four French composers of sacred music on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church. Class participants will then attend a concert presented by the Cathedral Choral Society and Orchestra at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. The program will feature Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne, Mass, Op.130 by Joseph Jongen,
Poème Héroïque by Marcel Dupré, and Psalm 24 by Lili Boulanger. Tickets for the concert are $46/$58/$66. To make a reservation for the lecture or to order tickets, call 410-822-2677 by September 22.
Christ Church Easton is currently holding auditions for its 2010-2011 Choral Scholars Program. The Christ Church Choral Scholars Program was established in the fall of 2009 to offer musically gifted high school and college students the opportunity to study a vast range of choral literature in a liturgical setting while earning scholarship money to further encourage the pursuit of musical studies and development. Choral Scholars participate in weekly rehearsals, perform at the church’s weekly 11:00 am Sunday Service, and are invited to attend special musical programs locally and regionally throughout the year. Interested singers may obtain a full description of the program by requesting a Choral Scholars Handbook from Wes Lockfaw, Minister of Music, or by calling the church office at 410-822-2677. To schedule an audition, or for information, contact Wes Lockfaw at email@example.com.
Eastern Shore Global Missions, an initiative of Christ Church Easton’s Youth and Family outreach programs, is gearing up for its biggest project to date: a multi-location mission trip to Africa.
A Winter Dinner Auction will be held on February 20th at 5:30 at Talbot Country Club to raise funds for the projects that the team of 40 area youth and adults will work to complete while they are in Africa.
The evening begins with cocktails in the newly renovated Banquet Room. Meet team members and browse and bid on silent auction items including beautiful paintings by local artists, vacation destinations, professional services and entertainment packages.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner with your friends while being serenaded by the dulcet voice of Sarah Vance, with piano accompaniment. Following dinner, keynote speaker, Reverend Nick Sichangi will offer insights into the culture of Kenya, one of the June mission destinations. A live auction will conclude this special event.
Please plan to attend this exciting inaugural event in support of Eastern Shore Global Mission’s effort to bring the caring and compassion of our community to needy areas of the world.
$75 tickets are available online at www.esgmissions.org or by calling 410-822-2677. Further information on the event is also available on the website.