May 1, 2017

Newman Church Choral Concert - Amazing Grace & Other Amazing Spirituals


RUMFORD, R.I. - Newman Congregational Church, U.C.C., is pleased to present our annual choral concert, Amazing Grace and Other Amazing Spirituals. The Newman choir will perform a vast array of spirituals in a variety of styles including call and response, New Orleans, country, traditional, and rock ‘n roll.
This concert will feature songs by Sweet Honey in the Rock, one of the choir’s favorite groups. It will also include traditional New Orleans spirituals Precious Lord and Down By The Riverside specially arranged for the Newman Choir by Matthew McGarrell, director of bands at Brown University and a celebrated trombonist and arranger. This concert will include arrangements of Will The Circle Be Unbroken in a country style, a reggae version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, a gorgeous arrangement of Mary’s Little Boy Child featuring Becky Bass on steel pan drum, Amazing Grace as arranged by The Blind Boys of Alabama to the music of The House of the Rising Sun, and many other selections.
The Newman Adult Choir, under the direction of Geoffrey Greene, features soloists Becky Bass, soprano, Barbara Youmans, alto, Matt Kleyla, tenor, and Lucky Rattan, bass. This concert will feature a talented band including David Prout on guitar, John Vaughan on bass, and Joe Davis, Jr. on drums, all of the band The Phunky Autocratz. Additionally, specials guests for this concert include dear friends Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle and local favorite singer Neil Letendre.
The Newman Choral Concert Amazing Grace and Other Amazing Spirituals will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3 pm. The public is cordially invited and there is a suggested donation of $10. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at the Newman Church office or by calling 401-434-4742 x10. Childcare is provided for this event by a professional staff. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians and partake in some tasty treats. Newman Church is located at 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916.


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