Come Sunday: Songs of Faith & Joy

ComeSunday-logoCome Sunday: Songs of Faith and Joy is an accessible and inspirational concert of music which defies traditional definitions of classical or popular. Anchored by a captivating set of songs with words by Catholic activist Sister Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking), this program features contemporary American songs of faith, joy, love and humor.

Rounding out the hour-long concert are jazz and popular songs, hymns and spirituals in modern, uplifting arrangements that transport the human spirit. It is an inspiring showcase of modern American music featuring mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke and pianist Casey Robards and flutist Erin Nyren.

When & Where

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7 p.m.
Western Hills United Methodist Church
524 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, TX 79912

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2 p.m.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
225 W. Griggs Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Adults and kids of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. All songs are in English.

COST:

  • FREE ADMISSION. This performance is a benefit for Musicambia. Donations of any level will be accepted before, during and after the program.
    If you cannot attend but would like to support us, please make a gift of any size by clicking the “Donate Now” button.

CHARITY:

  • Inspired by the work of Sister Helen Prejean, Casey Robards and Cherry Duke are strong believers in the healing power of music, especially amidst the prison population. To that end, they have partnered with Musicambia, a New York-based non-profit whose mission is to establish a network of music schools within prisons and jails of all 50 United States. 100% of the profits from this performance of “Come Sunday” will go toward furthering Musicambia’s mission. Learn more at www.musicambia.org.

Concert music includes:

CONTEMPORARY ART SONGS:
  • “A Horse with Wings” and other selections by Ricky Ian Gordon
TOUR DE FORCE:
  • “The Deepest Desire,” a song cycle for flute, voice and piano by Jake Heggie based on writings on faith by Sister Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking)
FAITHFUL FUN:
  • “Dear God,” a humorous song cycle by David Sisco, based on children’s letters to God
JAZZ:
  • “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington and other contemporary jazz/pop songs
Spirituals:
  • “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand” by Margaret Bonds, made famous by Leontyne Price and Kathleen Battle