St. John the Beloved announces concert series

  • Friday, August 8, 2014

The Celtic band Good Food will perform at this year’s concert series at St. John the Beloved.


The Church of Saint John the Beloved (28 Sumter Ave, downtown Summerville) has announced the roster for the Sixth Annual Concert Series.

Saint John the Beloved has been hosting a series of music and performing arts events each season bringing a wide variety of talented performers to the Summerville area.

The 2014-15 season is no exception, and in fact, presents the most diverse programming to date with groups ranging from classical choral and chamber ensembles, to jazz, folk music featuring spirituals, Celtic music, and Tuvan throat singing.

Each event is usually at 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month beginning in September.

The series will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 7 with Chamber Music for Organ & Strings featuring the Micah Gangwer and Asako Kramer on violins, Damien Kramer cello, and David Friddle on organ. Friddle is the Music Director and organist at St. John the Beloved. This dynamic program will feature works by Corelli, Dvorák, and Rheinberger.

SJB Music Director David Friddle: “Most people think of chamber music as written for individual instruments and piano; however, there is a relatively large body of work written for instruments and organ. In this concert we explore three different composers and periods and will demonstrate a new side to the pipe organ—that of chamber music instrument.”

On Oct. 5, the jazz and classical combo Common Ground will present My Soul in Stillness Waits, a program of hymns and song arrangements tailor-made for the group. Common Ground features classical soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis with jazz musicians Robert Lewis on soprano saxophone, Gerald Gregory on piano, and Ron Wiltrout on drums.

In honor of the Feast of All Souls, Nov. 2’s program is a special performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem featuring the St. John the Beloved Adult Choir accompanied by piano duo Myungsook Stoudenmire of Summerville and Janet Elshazly of Mt. Pleasant and directed by SJB Music Director Dr. David Friddle. Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. Soloists are Jill Terhaar Lewis, soprano and Daniel Megli, baritone. In the spirit of Brahms composing his Requiem in the vernacular to be understood by all, this work will be performed in English.

December’s concert will delight audiences with a holiday program by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble. Select performers from brass and percussion sections of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will be featured in this event in a program of traditional carols, select ensembles for brass and percussion, and including a sing-along. Information about the program and tickets will be announced.

“Nothing conjures the holidays more than a festive brass ensemble,” says Friddle, “and the CSO performers will help us all get into the spirit!”

The Celtic Band Good Foot will present a program on Feb. 8, 2015. This ensemble includes Bart Saylor on a variety of instruments along with Susan Conant on flute and whistle and Karin McQuade on fiddle and vocals. Good Foot performs traditional Celtic music, along with American roots music.

March 1, 2015, features African-American Spirituals with Voices of Deliverance, a group based in Charleston. Voices of Deliverance is a Charleston-based a cappella vocal group, specializing in Spirituals, along with a wide repertoire of other styles as well.

After the March concert, there will be a hiatus in April to celebrate Easter.

The Concert Series will resume in May for the final event featuring the Alash Ensemble, a group of Tuvan Throat Singers. Tuvan throat singers master the art of singing multiple pitches with one voice. The Alash Ensemble will present a program of traditional music with modern influences.

“Having heard this group before,” Friddle said, “I can say confidently that Alash Ensemble is an amazing musical experience. Their appeal is to every group—from youngsters to seniors, traditional to alternative and all who attend will come away impressed with just how much the human body can do. It’s a physiological demonstration of folk music that is both beautiful and entertaining.”

The St. John the Beloved Concert Series is funded by St. John the Beloved Catholic Church and generous donors. Most events are free and open to the public as a gift to the community.

Donations received at series events will help to continue to support the concert series. Patrons should pay as they able; those who cannot donate are still warmly welcomed. For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at (843) 873-0631 ext. 15.

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