This past weekend, members of the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir were part of a massed choir that gathered at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park for a Festival Choral Eucharist honoring the life and ministry of Absalom Jones. Jones was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman. After finding a black congregation in 1794, he was the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church.
The choir was under the direction of professor, pianist, composer, concert organist, lecturer and conductor Dr. Carl MaultsBy.
Here are two songs performed at the Feb. 2, 2014 “Ramy Adly and Friends” concert, hosted by the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Fla.
The first song is Trisagion (Greek: Τρισάγιον “Thrice Holy”) from the 4th century Egyptian Orthodox Liturgy, using the Arabic maqam (music scale) Hozaam which characteristically includes quarter-tones (pitches between semitones). This song — performed by choir, oud, organ, cello and percussion — is a unique premiere of music that has never been attempted before in the history of written music.
The second song is “Overture of Harvest” – the world premiere of a song composed especially for the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Orlando Deanery Girls Choir. The song is about the beginning of harvest, and written for the year 2014. The number 14 is a unique number in the Bible, being the number of David in Hebrew. Through this song, we pray 2014 will be a blessed harvest year for everyone.
Both songs were performed by internationally renowned oudist Ramy Adly with the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Orlando Deanery Girls Choir, organist Benjamin Lane, cellist Jules Polachek and percussionists Joseph Hodge and Mounib Shihata. Enjoy!
Join us Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando for an amazing classical concert featuring the ancient instrument that King David once played.
Ramy Adly, a world renowned Oud player, cellist Jules Polacheck, organist Ben Lane, percussionists Joseph Hodge and Mounib Shihata, trumpeter Benoit Glazer, and the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Orlando Deanery Girls Choir will together perform ancient songs and new compositions.
The concert is free and an offering will be taken to benefit Christians being persecuted in Egypt. Please join us!
Amazing! In just two years, our YouTube channel has received a total of 22,500 views from music lovers around the world. Our most popular video is “Gloria Tibi Domine,” recorded at the 2011 Church Music Conference in Tallahassee, Fla. in January 2011, followed by “Carol of the Children” from the 36th annual Hawthorne at Leesburg Concert Series in Leesburg, Fla. in February 2012.
Our primary YouTube viewers come from within the United States, followed by United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Portugal, Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Sounds like some nice locations for future choir tours!
You can watch the 59 videos on our channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/OrlandoDeaneryChoirs/videos.
Check out this new 2-minute promotional video produced by Kaleidoscope Adventures, a student group travel company based here in Orlando that has assisted our choirs with past tours. If you look close, you might even spot a few of our own choristers.
On Oct. 20, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Fla. hosted a Cathedral Cabaret as part of its annual patronal festival. The concert featured the combined voices of the Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Orlando Deanery Girls Choir, Cathedral Choristers, and Cathedral Choir and soloists performing songs from Les Misérables, The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, Sister Act, Spamalot, Peter Pan, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Funny Girl.
The event was part of Cathedral Series, the flagship concert series of the Cathedral, now celebrating its 42nd consecutive year.
Here are a few highlights, including videos of “One Day More” from Les Misérables and the choirs’ own version of “Hard Knock Life” from Annie.