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Trifecta ~ Tuesday August 27, 7pm


Tuesday August 27


Doors open at 6:30pm


Trifecta is a powerful and dynamic new string trio, presenting concerts designed to surprise, delight and stimulate their audiences. Made up of three of New York City’s most accomplished and versatile chamber musicians, Trifecta’s debut season consists of appearances across the US and Canada, working with organizations such as the ChatterABQ series in New Mexico and the IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee. Violinist Sarah Whitney, praised by the Washington Post for her ” marvelous violin acrobatics,” is equally expert at playing classical concerti as she is improvising jazz and rock solos on the violin, and is the founder and artistic director of the innovative concert series Beyond the Notes. Violist Angela Pickett, who holds a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, is not only an accomplished violist, winning several awards in her native Canada including a career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, but is also a distinguished fiddler, appearing onstage on Broadway in the shows “Come From Away” and “Bright Star.” Cellist Laura Metcalf, lauded by Gramophone magazine for her “brilliant” playing and “gloriously warm and rich tone,” has seen her two most recent album releases both reach the top ten of the Billboard Classical Charts, and has been invited to tour internationally to countries such as Australia, Qatar, Nepal, Mongolia, Malaysia, India and many others.

All three players are also members of the acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, the first ensemble of its kind ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. With the quintet, they have performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, including over 40 US states, Argentina, Canada and Japan.

Trifecta is also dedicated to collaboration; their instrumentation and experience allow for flexible collaboration with many different instruments and musical styles.

Dr. Andrew Parker will be joining Trifecta for this concert.

Oboist and English Hornist, Dr. Andrew W. Parker, has performed throughout the United States in some of the countries most prestigious concert halls such as Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New York State Theater, Symphony Space, The Kimmel Center, Westchester Performing Arts Center, Tilles Center, Long Center and The Texas Performing Arts Center.


Check back at a later date for a listing of the musical selections that will be played.


Amazing Grace ~ Thursday September 5, 7pm

Thursday September 5

Starts at 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm

Free ($5 donation requested)


It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God. Over two days in January of 1972, Aretha Franklin got up to sing out her gospel at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew was there to catch the Queen of Soul blow the roof off the place. Not to get closer to the Lord — surely He was already listening — but to testify to his glory with the black church music that helped form her and fired her faith. The live recording of the concert became Franklin’s biggest bestseller.

So why in the name of all that’s holy did it take so long to get the film of that concert into theaters? It’s a long story, mostly involving daunting technical problems. Director Sydney Pollack, more than a decade before he’d win the Oscar for Out of Africa, failed to properly synchronize image and sound, rendering the film unreleasable. And then, after another four decades, another miracle happened. Digital experts stepped in under the guidance of producer Alan Elliott, and worked out the kinks. So here’s Franklin — decked out in a caftan, pounding her piano and making a joyful noise to the heavens with image and sound in perfect harmony. It’s an unforgettable experience watching her up there, shaking the rafters with “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy” and finding the ecstatic beauty and forgiveness in the title song. Word has it that good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.