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NEWS                                             THE THIRD SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
RELEASE                                             Christ Episcopal Church
                                                                   120 S. New Hampshire Street
                                                                   Covington, Louisiana 70433

                                                                   Media Contact: Margaret Mashburn
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December 16, 2015

THIRD SUNDAY IN JANUARY

The Third Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington will present the chamber ensemble NOVA VOCE under the direction of Dr. Meg Frazier on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 5 pm. (Doors open at 4:30.)

The NOVA chorale is a group of dedicated choral professionals – singers, teachers, conductors and students – whose goal is to take superior performances of the best choral music to New Orleans and the surrounding communities. It was established in 1989 by Dr. Raymond Sprague and has offered twenty-four seasons of free concerts, missing only the first concert in the fall of 2005. Now under the leadership of Dr. Meg Frazier, artistic director, NOVA has grown into three performing ensembles—NOVA Chorale, NOVA VOCE, and NOVA Masterworks.

For the Third Sunday concert on January 17, NOVA’s chamber ensemble, VOCE, will present Pace: To those who work for peace. According to Dr. Frazier, “The concert falls on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend; we felt it would be a wonderful opportunity to perform choral music written in honor of such world leaders as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr.; in memory of the victims of war and violence; and in hope of peaceful resolutions for conflict. Selections include “Graveside,” by Kim Sherman; “Hope for Resolution,” by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory; “Ubi caritas,” by Maurice Ravel; “Wade in the Water,” arr. Moses Hogan; “Come Sunday,” by Duke Ellington; and many more.”

NOVA has performed by invitation with the LPO, the New Orleans Opera Association, and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. They sang at the Contemporary Arts Center for the mass for the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection and for the St. Thomas More Society-sponsored Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. NOVA has been an invited choir numerous times for the Louisiana conference of the American Choral Directors Association and has held artist-in-residence status at the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University since 2009.

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.  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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