2017 Canticles for Life Concerts – April 9, 22 & 23

20th Anniversary of this Music Ministry

Triad Arts Ensemble is partnering with three NJ churches for the 2017 Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concerts to raise much-needed funds that will impact many lives: Sunday, April 9, 4:00 PM at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1350 Washington Valley Road, Bridgewater; Saturday, April 22, 7:00 PM at the Parsippany United Methodist Church, 903 S. Beverwyck Road, Parsippany; and Sunday, April 23, 7:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 767 Prospect St, Maplewood. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first Canticles concert, presented in Chatham in April 1997. This music ministry directly benefits three New Jersey organizations that support those impacted by HIV/AIDS and in memory of those lost to the disease.

Canticles Chairperson Ginny Johnston, of Maplewood, will be conducting the 26-voice Triad Vocal Ensemble, which will feature a mix of styles including anthems, Broadway, and an inspiring new work, “I Choose Love” by New Jersey composer Mark Miller. The April 22 & 23 performances will also feature the duo of Margo Hennebach and Mark Saunders. The last time they appeared on the Canticles series was as two thirds of the international trio, Mad Agnes. Having just returned from an extended pilgrimage in Ireland, they’ll share their love of Celtic melodies and the achingly lovely tension between ancient and modern, original music. They’ll incorporate vocal improvisation as learned from Bobby McFerrin, and invite attendees to share their world through on-the-spot creations. And to round out the program will be the Dan Crisci Jazz Trio, offering several instrumental selections. Additionally, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display and receptions will follow the performances. There will also be a time of reflection and sharing by representatives from the charities.

The Canticles concerts benefit the following charities: New Jersey AIDS Services based in Morristown, the NAMES Project of Northern NJ, which supports the AIDS Memorial Quilt; and the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark.

Tickets are no longer required to attend. Free will offerings will be accepted at each concert. There are two ways to support the concert series ahead of the performances. Program Sponsorship is available for $50 and includes a 20-word message in the Canticles program. Additionally, tax-deductible contributions of any amount are welcome, by check or online.  Call 973-763-5481 for further information.

The Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concert ministry was founded in 1997 by Pamela Taylor and Virginia Johnston, and concerts have been held almost annually since then. Over $131,000 has been raised for the New Jersey AIDS charities, and the concerts have featured over two dozen pieces by New Jersey composers.

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