HAND CHIMES and CHOIR
Getting Ready for Christmas
The invitation to play Hand Chimes or sing in the Choir for our Christmas Eve service is open to children, teenagers, and adults. You DO NOT have to be an experienced musician!
Sunday, December 15th, 12:15 PM – Lunch provided
Tuesday, December 10th, 5:30 PM – You can stay for dinner with the Advent Christian Education group!
Tuesday, December 17th, 5:50 PM – You can stay for dinner with the Advent Christian Education group!
Saturday, December 21st, 11:30 AM – Lunch provided if you are staying for Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, December 22nd, rehearsal immediately after the 10:00 AM service (with choir)
Sunday, December 15th, immediately after the 10:00 AM service – lunch provided
Thursday, December 19th, 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 12:30 PM – Lunch provided if you are staying for Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, December 22, rehearsal immediately after the 10:00 AM service (with chimes)
Please call Kevin at 203.230.1051 if you would like to participate, or with any questions you may have. Even if you have not done either of these things before, you are welcome to participate.
About the Hand Chimes: We have been blessed with two octaves of Schulmerich (“designer”) Hand Chimes, acquired to enlarge participation in our music ministry. Requirements to play the hand chimes are as follows: you must be between the ages of five and 105, you must be able to tell your right hand from your left, you must be able to distinguish a notehead on a line from that on a space, and you must be able to count to eight. Although singers are most welcome to play, this intergenerational group will also appeal to those who wish to be part of a musical worship team who are uncomfortable singing in front of others
Friday, December 20, 4:00 PM.
Come meet at the fountain down the block to sing some of the “old favorites” and offer some cheer in the midst of afternoon traffic. Afterwards, we will share Hot Chocolate and light refreshments at Church, just an “appetizer” for Dinner for a Dollar at 6:00 PM.
JAZZ CONCERT SERIES!
We are blessed with a lovely sanctuary with fine acoustics, placed in the center of Hamden. How might we use our good fortune for the benefit of the community and share the warmth of our congregation? Create a concert series featuring musicians from Hamden and throughout the state! Our appeal for parishioner volunteer helpers has been quite successful.
A uniquely American art, jazz was recommended by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson to fill a clear void in the local concert scene. October 13, March 9 and May 4 are the dates. All concerts are designed as family entertainment and will begin at 7 PM. Admission is $10 at the door, with children 12 and under admitted free; a $30 maximum is charged for families larger than three individuals. Please help us to fill the pews.
Jazz at Grace & St. Peter’s presents Prester John – Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 PM
With a unique blend of jazz, classical, pop music, humor, and the avant-garde, New Haven duo Prester John has a sound that is entirely their own. One minute you’re hearing virtuosic improvisations in the jazz tradition, the next you’re listening to full composed music that could have been written by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa.
“Persinger and Miller have created music that’s entertaining, unique and always involving and it’s a pleasure listening to these fabulously inventive musicians travel to so many wonderful places.” – All About Jazz Magazine
Admission at the door: $10, children 12 and under free, students (with ID) $7 Families 3 persons and up: $30 for whole family
Jazz at Grace & St. Peter’s presents NMS All Stars – Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM
The NMS All Stars is a gifted ensemble of area high-school-age musicians currently studying jazz at Neighborhood Music
School in New Haven. All are welcome to come on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM to enjoy a fun evening of great jazz music, performed by an incredibly talented young group. The evening will feature many classic Jazz standards and Latin Jazz pieces in an exciting program. The musicians are Lindsay Artko on drums, Chris Dorsey on trumpet, JT Lincoln on piano, Adam Offutt on bass, and Nigel Regan on sax.
Admission at the door $10 general, children 12 and under free, students (with ID) $7, and a $30 maximum for families of three or more.
Bassology at Grace & St. Peter’s – Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 PM.
BASSOLOGY is a blues-drenched swinging jazz group led by New Haven area bassist, David Chevan. Chevan is the co-founder of The Afro-Semitic
Experience. “Bassology is jazz you can dance to and jazz that is romantic,” explains Chevan. ”This group allows me to explore music that grooves hard—we’re playing tunes from straight-ahead swinging jazz to the funky grooves of New Orleans, to pretty much any beat that makes me smile—and I’m with a really great group of players.” The band’s repertoire mixes jazz infused arrangements of tunes by such artists as The Meters, Mongo Santamaria, and George Harrison in with Ron Bragg’s smoky readings of classic jazz standards. The group features the soulful singing of drummer Ron Braggs along with Will Bartlett on sax.
Admission: $10 at the door, $30 for families of 3 or more, free to children 12 and under
CHOIR: For all who enjoy singing!
Spring dates for Choir offerings (at the 10:00 AM service) are as follows: March 3, March 31 (Easter morning), May 5, May 19 (Pentecost). This is a multi-generational opportunity, with children, youth and adults all invited to participate. The music will be engaging, accessible and inspirational! Each of these choir opportunities is free-standing, with the rehearsals scheduled one Sunday beforehand (maybe two for the Easter offering) after the 10:00 service, and at 9:15 on the Sunday of the choir offering. All are welcome to participate, even if you have not sung in choir before. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Kevin at 203-230-1051.