End Homelessness Now

End Homelessness Now

November 09, 2010 13:42 ET

First United Church and Coastal Jazz Present Duke Ellington's Sacred Music

Internationally-Renowned Artists Will Present a Benefit Concert in Support of First United's Work in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) -

Friday, November 19, 2010 • 8:00pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church • 1012 Nelson Street, (at Burrard) Vancouver

Making Music. Making a Difference. This is the objective of all those involved in the second presentation of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music in Western Canada. This fund-raising performance for First United www.firstunited.ca will feature vocalist Dee Daniels, conductor/arranger Fred Stride and his Jazz Orchestra, vocalist Marcus Mosely, the Sacred Music Gospel Choir, and tap dancer Alex Dugdale. Top flight talent that promises an unforgettable evening.

Last year's concert, the first in Western Canada, was described as "grace-filled" and "spectacular". Rick Cluff, Emcee for the evening, was at a loss for words and an audience of close to 1000 people was treated to a magnificent, soulful performance of the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington. They were mesmerized by the depth of talent of the performers.

Duke Ellington is best remembered as perhaps the finest and most influential composer in the history of American jazz. He was also a man of deep spiritual convictions and late in his career, he wrote three programs of inspirational music between 1965 and 1973 that blended his peerless tonal artistry with the celebratory energy of classic gospel music. Ellington's last sacred concert was performed only seven months before his death, and although very ill, he gave an inspiring performance of his sacred music classics.

Dee Daniels (www.deedaniels.com) says, "My dream to bring this great music to Vancouver came true last year with the help of a group of extremely talented musicians and performers, the co-presenters Coastal Jazz, First United Church, and the Sponsors. It's wonderful to be able to do this again this year on November 19th. In March of 1973, I had the incredible opportunity to meet The Duke just months before the premiere of the Third Sacred Music Concert. Having had that experience adds to the special significance of sharing his music."

First United is an inclusive community situated in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside providing safe refuge for homeless & marginalized people. "Home" to 350 people daily, this 24 hrs/day facility provides services that include three meals a day, advocacy, health & social support services, storage, showers and access to supportive networks. www.firstunited.ca.

Contact Information