Third Sunday Concert, Third Sunday Concerts, 3rd Sunday Concert, 3rd Sunday Concerts, News Release
Growing Grateful Hearts

Media Contact for Christwood:
Margaret Mashburn


August 21, 2015


The Third Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington will open its 2015-2016 Season of free concerts on Sunday, September 20 at 5 p.m. with a performance by a New Orleans favorite, jazz singer Leah Chase, and the Don Vappie Trio. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 5 p.m.

Known for her versatile singing from scat to jazz to love songs in her own inimitable style, Chase graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in Vocal Performance; then, she completed one year of graduate study at The Juilliard School in New York before leaving to pursue her true love, Jazz. She is the daughter of renowned band leader and restaurateur Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. and famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase.

Don Vappie, a favorite of the Third Sunday Concert Series, was born in New Orleans and is descended from a long line of New Orleans musicians that goes back to the nineteenth century. Once a featured performer in the Preservation Hall Band, Vappie now leads and tours worldwide with the Creole Jazz Serenaders. His music incorporates the musical legacy of the New Orleans Creole culture, a society that sprang from the mixture of French, Spanish, African and American Indian people with strong ties to the Caribbean Islands. Members of his trio include Vappie on guitar, Mike Esneault on piano and Mark Brooks on bass.

The remainder of the Season will feature the following performers: October 18,the James Carter String Quartet playing Shostakovich and Beethoven; November 15, “The Soldier’s Story,” an original musical drama with dance, written by Terry Mahady and Robert Jahncke, based on Igor Stravinsky’s original work; December 20, “A Christmas Brass Spectacular,” produced by Erik Morales featuring the Louisiana Brass; January 17, NOVA choral ensemble from New Orleans directed by Meg Frazier; February 21, pianist Tom McDermott and guest playing Joplin and Jazz; April 17, Bon Operatit!, singing light opera and musical theatre; and May 15, The Swing Set, three female singers with backup performing songs of the Swing Era.

All concerts in the Third Sunday Concert Series are free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 5 p.m. lasting one hour.  In consideration of other audience members, we request no flash photography or cell phone video during the performance. A reception follows where the audience may meet the performers. Christ Church is located at 120 S. New Hampshire Street, Covington, at the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park.

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