April 20th: Songs in the Key of Life Pieces Benefit Concert
Join us for an evening of uplifting classical and spiritual music to benefit Life Pieces To Masterpieces' programs. Classicals, art songs, spirituals, and jazz by: Abigail Endicott, Jose Luis Sanchez, Reginald Boutnight, B.Jackson Caesar and others...
Saturday, April 20th 2013
6pm art exhibit / 7 pm concert / reception to follow
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 Fourth Street, SE Washington DC
Tickets: $35/adults, $25/seniors and children
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ABIGAIL BINGHAM ENDICOTT, M.A., is a professional soprano who has performed around the United States and abroad, and on regional radio and television. As performing composer, she is twice winner of American Women Composers Song Contest and author of the Anthem of the International Canoe Federation heard around the globe.
SAIS KAMALIDIIN, flute; KIM SATOR, harp; HERMAN BURNEY, bass. A great musical combination.
HARLIE SPONAUGLE- soprano, strives to stir the souls of her audience by painting compelling pictures that speak straight to the heart. Recent roles include Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (Repertory Opera of Washington), ensemble in Regina (with Patti LuPone at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre), and the Washington premiere of John Kander’s The Letter from Sullivan Ballou. Her next appearance will be as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s opera Macbeth with the Riverbend Opera (www.RiverbendOpera.com) in late May of 2013, a challenge she looks forward to with great excitement and wonder. She earned her Masters of Music at George Mason University. More at www.HarlieSponaugle.com.
GARRY WALKER – Saxophonist. Mr. Walker is a well-known musician performing in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1986 he has played for the world-famous Washington Redskins Marching Band and is a member of the Warner Baptist Church in Bailey‘s Crossroads, VA. He is presently employed as a Facilities Administrator at Verizon Communications in Ashburn, VA. He has also performed with the Fairview Park Christmas Chorus under Ms. Susie Stevens when Verizon was based in Falls Church, VA. This is Mr. Walker’s fifth appearance at a Life Pieces To Masterpieces benefit concert.
EVERETT P WILLIAMS, JR.-accompanist, is a pianist/organist, choral clinician and music educator who obtained the bachelor and masters degrees in music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio). Presently Mr. Williams is a high school choral teacher in the Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland and the Director of Music and Liturgical Arts at the Asbury United Methodist Church of Washington DC. He is a member of National Association of Negro Musicians, National Association for Music Educators, and the American Choral Directors Association. He has composed an opera entitled MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR and he is a free-lance performer in the Washington metropolitan area as well as around the nation.
JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ– "When I work, God respects me, but when I sing, He loves me."
KEHEMBE V. EICHELBERGER - Mezzo Soprano. Native Chicagoan and Howard University graduate, Kehembe V. Eichelberger is a singer, educator, and community activist.
B. JACKSON CAESAR, - tenor, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is one of the most sought after male vocalist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This exciting and versatile tenor received his degree from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelors in Vocal Music. He has studied under the late Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory School of Music and currently, he is pursuing his Master’s in Voice Pedagogy CCM at Shenandoh University. Caesar has wowed audiences with his talent and skills, performing in five languages and five genres- attracting crowds of various ethnic backgrounds. Caesar continues to perform throughout the metropolitan area for weddings, funerals, private parties, churches, recitals etc., his primary platform is- Inspirational Music and many of his previously recorded performances can be viewed on the internet via www.youtube.com. Mr. Caesar strives for a global platform and he is well on his way to becoming an international star!
WILLIAM KELLIBREW IV Tenor. At age six, William was violently sexually abused and at age 10, he witnessed the shooting deaths of his mother and twelve year-old brother in their family living room by his mom’s estranged boyfriend. The killer took his own life, but not before making William beg for his life at gun point. William survived and is now an inspiration to many who’ve heard him speak. . In 2007, two professors at the University of the District of Columbia founded The WilliamKellibrew Foundation to help break the cycles of violence and poverty where William serves as president. William has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Dr. Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint and has been featured on CNN, HLN, In Session, BBC Worldwide, Andrea Mitchell Reports (MSNBC), CSPAN, Newsmakers with Robert Traynum, Newsweek, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, Sunderland Echo and many media outlets throughout the world. In January, William joined Vice President Biden, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, gun safety advocates, gun violence survivors and others to make recommendations on preventing gun violence in America.
BRYAN JACKSON- After studying first in Spoleto, Italy and then in Graz, Austria, Bryan Jackson made a series of principal debuts, first at The Washington National Opera, then subsequently with the New York City Opera, The National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera, Teatro Nacional Panama, Washington Opera Camerata, Opera Belcantanti, The In-Series, and the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, among others. Of his performance as Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld for the Atlas Theatre, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post wrote: "I have a lot of time for Jackson. Jupiter, as sung by Bryan Jackson, emerged as a fitting ruler of the evening...Here as Jupiter, he showed that he can carry a leading role, sing well and be both commanding and funny on stage." Bryan won second place in Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria (AIMS, 2002).