Spring Concert: Love, Harmony and Spirit

7:30pm, Sat, Jun 8 2024

  • Event Details
  • Type of event: Performance
    Start time: 7:30pm
    Venue: Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church
    308 Main Street
    Johnson City NY 13790

    Additional parking is available in the UHS parking lot behind the church for performances.
    Description: Spring Concert: Love, Harmony and Spirit
    The Downtown Singers are proud to announce their spring concert "Love, Harmony and Spirit" scheduled for Saturday June 8th. The concert will feature the following pieces:

    "Chariot Jubilee" by R. Nathaniel Dett with Tshombe Selby, tenor soloist
    “The Chariot Jubilee” was composed in 1919 after Dett, a descendant of slaves, received a commission from Howard Lyman and the Syracuse University Chorus. It is thought to be the first symphonic work based solely on a spiritual (“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”). Selby received his Masters in Music from Binghamton University. He has performed operatic leads throughout the Northeast and is a chorus member and ensemble soloist with the Metropolitan Opera.

    "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Timothy LeFebvre, baritone soloist
    “Five Mystical Songs” reflects Vaughan Williams interest in both Anglican liturgy and music and the mysticism of the metaphysical poets. LeFebvre’s extensive operatic and concert experience has taken him around the country, including performances locally with Tri-Cities Opera and the Downtown Singers. He, too, received his Master of Music at Binghamton University. He is Professor of Voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and division director of vocal studies.

    "Sing for the Cure: a Proclamation of Hope" with Tracy Davidson, narrator
    “Sing for the Cure” is a choral collection based on true stories of breast cancer survivors. The songs are by different composer but are united in their message of bravery and love. The piece was commissioned several years ago to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the foundation receives a portion of the proceeds from our purchase of the music. Davidson, an Emmy Award-winning journalist from NBC 10 News in Philadelphia, is a highly regarded resilience speaker.