The Principia Jazz band blew us all away today at the Dallas Arboretum along the the A Capella Choir. The first response to their smooth and jazzy beat was – Are these kids really just in high school?
Their talents are impressive. Especially given the fact that their director , Martha Stitzel, gave them a 1-2-3 to start them off then just walked away as the kids took the music and ran with it. She returned once or twice during the concert but more often a student member of the band gave the direction to the rest of the group. For Stitzel to have that much confidence in the talent and cohesiveness of the group, shows the work, practice and polish that has gone on in her classroom. But the looks on each students’ faces, they were truly enjoying their performance as much as the audience did.
The A capella group who joined the stage was equally as talented in their rendition of “Take Me Home” by Kevin Olusola, Kirsten Maldonado, and Audra Mae.
They also sang: Route 66, In the still of the Night and The Lord Bless you and Keep You.
The surprise of the show was the tap dancing duo of Greta Johnson and Liam Frager. When was the last time you saw tap dancing to a Jazz band that really worked? Today we did!
A student at the Unitversity of Texas did a capstone project on Christian Science Architecture and specifically the First Church of Christ, Scientist Austin which was the first Christian Science Church built in Texas. To watch this very interesting presentation click here
Bring your family and friends, and join us for a Free live musical -instrumental and vocal – performance and an exhibit of artwork by current students. This year’s tour features the Upper School Jazz Band and College a cappella group, directed by Martha Stitzel, Mike Griswold, and Dr Joe Van Riper. Get ready for an exciting musical Journey.
Sunday, March 5th 2:00 PM
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Admission to the Arboretum and parking are Free when you mention the Principia Arts on Tour 2017
Hymns are a vital part of The Christian Science Church services and a source of inspiration that heals. In 2017, a new expanded Hymnal supplement will be released by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston. If you would like to check on the progress of this new Hymnal, go to the Hymns 2016 section of JSH- ONLINE.
Right now, you can purchase the CD “Celebrations” that features these new hymns at the Fifth Church Reading Room/ Book Store.