ABS presents “Sing with Haiti” benefit concert at Grace Cathedral

The Chapel candles were lit for the first time in 20 years for the concert

The Chapel candles were lit for the first time in 20 years for the concert

On the evening of October 29 within the beautiful candle-lit chapel of Grace Cathedral, Jeffrey Thomas led an ensemble of ABS musicians in a special concert for “Sing with Haiti.” Hosted by Bishop Marc Andrus and Owsley Brown, III, the concert and reception was an event to thank the donors and supporters of this outstanding charitable organization. Born in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that destroyed the Holy Trinity Music School along with most of Port-au-Prince in 2010, “Sing With Haiti” is an organization devoted to restoring music education and its positive effects to the people of Haiti.

Sing With Haiti

Sing With Haiti

ABS Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter said, “Last fall, I received a call from The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus asking American Bach Soloists to take part in the “Sing with Haiti” event that the Cathedral was hosting. It was a star-studded evening of musicians from the opera world including emcee Deborah Voigt and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and tenor Nicholas Phan, as well as local choral groups, and the Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys. Jeffrey and I were pleased to donate, on behalf of ABS, a private concert in the Chapel of Grace to the event’s live auction which was held in the Fairmont Hotel immediately following the concert. The October 29, 2014 concert is this donation, and we couldn’t be more pleased to thank so many of the donors who are supporting music education in Haiti.”

The musical program for the evening was an outstanding one:

Telemann: Ouverture a 7 in D Major
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major for Flute and Strings (“The Goldfinch”)
Scarlatti: Salve Regina
J.S. Bach: Sonata in G Major for Flute, Viola da gamba, and Basso continuo, BWV 1027/1039
Handel: “O Lord whose mercies numberless” from Saul
J.S. Bach: “Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder” from Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV 30

Jeffrey Thomas and the members of ABS take a bow.

Jeffrey Thomas and the members of ABS take a bow.

The ABS ensemble was:

Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
Ian Howell, countertenor
Christopher Matthews, flute
Katherine Kyme, violin
Noah Strick, violin
Clio Tilton, viola
Gretchen Claassen, violoncello
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Steven Lehning, contrabass
Michael Peterson, organ & harpsichord

The music of Bach and his contemporaries was performed at the highest level for a wonderful cause at this memorable event.

To learn more about “Sing With Haiti” or to watch an inspiring video about the program and the young music students in Haiti, please visit the organization’s website.

ABS returns to Grace Cathedral on December 16, 18, & 19 to perform Handel’s Messiah. Tickets for the event are going fast, but great seats are still available.