The Gospel Choir of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, will be presented in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 15260 NW 19th Ave. in Miami Gardens. The free concert is a part of the choir’s South Florida tour.
In 2004, a selection from the award-winning choir’s first CD, I’ve Got to Praise His Name, written by Waltier Blocker, was featured in producer Lee Daniels’ movie, The Woodsman.
In addition, the choir has performed with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra for 10 performances of their Holiday Pops concerts every year since 2004. In December 2009, the choir was nominated in the nationally recognized Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards in the categories of Church Choir of the Year, Traditional Song of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year.
In November 2006, the choir sang in Washington National Cathedral at the induction of the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts-Shori, the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. The choir also performed in April 2008 at the National Cathedral for the World Women’s International Summit, attended by women leaders from around the world.
The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas was the first Episcopal church in the United States established by and for people of African descent. The 40-membr St. Thomas Gospel Choir makes evangelism a very important factor in its ministry and shares its music ministry at over 100 services, programs, concerts and celebrations each year.
For more information on this free concert, call the Rev. Terrance A. Taylor at the Church of the Transfiguration, 305-681-1660.
‘100 Years of Jewish Music’
Fifteen cantors, who together represent 100 years of service to Miami, will perform in a "100 Years of Jewish Music" concert in celebration of Beth David Congregation’s 100th birthday at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11, at the synagogue, 2625 SW Third Ave.
The cantors represent all the conservative and reform congregations in Miami-Dade and will be performing music including contemporary, folk, Yiddish and Israeli songs. Cantor Julie Jacobs of Beth David, Miami’s oldest Jewish congregation, will direct the concert.
Many of the songs to be performed are core prayers sung weekly at Shabbat services.
"My grandfather was both a rabbi and cantor as was my great uncle," said Cantor David Muchnick of Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center. "So, singing these songs bring back wonderful memories. The songs are more than just words and music; they represent the relevance of Jewish history."
A highlight of the concert will be Cantor Lisa Segal of Temple Beth Shalom singing "Sim Shalom," accompanied by the voices of the Beth David and Second Avenue Chorale Choirs.
Other cantors on the program will include: Don Bennett, Luis Cattan, Norman Cohen, Joel Fox, Mark Kula, Danny Marmelstein, Genine Miller, Marc Phillippe, Jodi Pomrantz, Ronit Rubin, Gay Tanger and Stephen Texon.
For tickets call 305-854-3911 or go to www.bethdavidmiami.org. Funds raised at the concert will be used to support the Jewish Community Services of Miami Kosher Food Bank.
The Revelation Community Education Center will have its annual Harvest Bazaar at Carol City United Methodist Church at 17901 NW 37th Ave. starting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17, on the church grounds.