Summer Music Festival in June! Season ticket: $30.00, 7:30 p.m.
June 7-The Robert Sanders Trio. Enjoy an evening of inventive, acoustic jazz with piano, bass, and drums. The trio will play a mix of standards such as Just a Closer Walk with Thee, original tunes, and jazz versions of spirituals. Pianist and leader Robert Sanders has been active as an arranger, composer, and performer for over half a century here and abroad. He has collaborated on an album with Freddie Cole, written songs for Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis for a special PBS television project entitled “Jazz Here and Now,” and collaborated on music for the film Lord of the Rings. He has worked with Eartha Kitt, Freddie Hubbard, the Heath Brothers, and Shelly Carroll. Classically trained bassist Lex Valk is equally at home playing jazz and musical theatre. Former Principal Bass of the Memphis and Amarillo Symphonies, he pursues an active freelance career in Houston. Drummer Carl Lott, III, a former resident of Los Angeles, has worked with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’, Prince, Rick James and Snoop Dog.
June 14– Musique Parisienne. French music like French culture, has a certain elegance and sophistication about it. Flutist Wendy Isaac Bergin, clarinetist Maiko Sasaki and pianist Makiko Hirata present Debussy’s Syrinx and Claire de lune, the whirling Tarentella by Camille Saint-Saens’ as well as trios by Maurice Emmanuel and Florent Schmitt. It will be the next best thing to drinking café au lait in the City of Light. Wendy Isaac Bergin is Principal Flutist of Houston’s Opera in the Heights Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Maiko Sasaki, a native of Japan, has been featured at the Kennedy Center. She is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Opera in the Heights Orchestra. Pianist Makiko Hirata has given recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Tanglewood Music Center.
June 21– A Bit of Broadway. This program features Leigh Shipman, soprano, Dan Shipman, trumpet/flugelhorn, and pianist Beth McConnell performing music of the theatre. Leigh will sing selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, as well as Handel’s aria for voice and piccolo trumpet, “Let the Bright Seraphim” from his oratorio Samson. They will also perform the Carol Bayer Sager/David Foster song The Prayer, first recorded by Celine Dion. Leigh Shipman, a graduate of Stetson University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a soloist and director of the youth choir at First Presbyterian Church of Houston. Her husband, Dan, is a graduate of the University of Houston who performs regularly with Theatre Under the Stars and has performed with the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras. Beth McConnell is a versatile keyboardist who performs in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, gospel, Broadway and funk-rock. She is currently the organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas.
June 28– Night and Day: Music for Piano and Guitar. The instruments are as different as night and day, and so is the music composed for them. Pianist Lina Morita explores pieces evocative of the night, Nocturnes and a Ballade by French/Polish composer Frederic Chopin, while guitarist Jay Kacherski performs American composer David Mitchell’s, Lake Avondale, which was inspired by sunlight dancing on the water. Kacherski will also play Argentinian composer Jorge More’s Suite del Sur and Spanish Dance No. 1 by Manuel de Falla. A native of New York, Kacherski has given solo and ensemble performances throughout the United States and Mexico. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, he has been a Visiting Lecturer of Music Theory at McNeese State University since 2013. Pianist and Brazilian native Lina Morita made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013. She has performed throughout the U.S., Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, and the Czech Republic. Lina is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rice University; and Indiana University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at McNeese State University.
10:30 Holy Communion - Rite 2 -715 Kirkman Street - Church of the Good Shepherd