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For CitySingers’ Eastern Light, Local Arrangers Drum up New w/Old.

Suzanne Gates, Artistic Director of CitySingers of Hartford rehearses a percussion ensemble for a piece based on a melody by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) and arranged by Jim Galvic (3rd from the left) for their upcoming performance of Eastern Light.
Suzanne Gates, Artistic Director of CitySingers of Hartford rehearses a percussion ensemble for a piece based on a melody by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) and arranged by Jim Galvic (3rd from the left) for their upcoming performance of Eastern Light.
Three performances of Eastern Light this coming March and April will celebrate diverse dimensions of light in a prism of tonal colors, textures, harmonies and texts, that span from the earliest Eastern chant through 21st century works. The Tallis percussive obligato accompaniment is only a glimmer of the program’s scope of shimmer and joy.  Other shining examples include works by Beethoven, Byrd, Matsushita, Whitacre and Halley    The renowned New York City string ensemble, Sebastian Chamber Players will offer 15 minutes of pre-concert music, and will accompany in the program, along with other concert artists playing piano, pipe organ, flute, trumpet, and percussion to fill listeners with the energy and joy of light.

Preconcert music by The Sebastian Chamber Players will start at 3:45 PM on the following dates/locations:
-----Saturday March 22 in New Britain at St. Mark's Episcopal      
       Church, 147 West Main Street
-----Sunday, March 23 in West Hartford at St. John's Episcopal
       Church, 679 Farmington Avenue
-----Sunday, April 6 in Portland at Trinity Episcopal Church, 345
       Main Street

James Galvic, a classically-trained percussionist, has composed a number of pieces utilizing instruments from that musical family, including a full-length ballet performed in a concert setting by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and which is currently being considered for performance by a well-known dance company in Europe.





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