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Events & Information | Sing of Freedom 2011

Sing of Freedom!

Friday May 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Eglinton St. George's United Church
35 Lytton Blvd. (at Duplex). See printable map
Eglinton St. George’s United Church is wheelchair-accessible.

Come and revel in our gala concert featuring the 5-time Grammy award winning composer and performer Paul Halley, together with the Gospel-singing sensation, Theresa Thomason.

Tickets: $35
(Patron Tickets, including reserved seats, $50)
All tickets are available through
ESG's box office line: 416-481-1141, ext. 250

“Paul Halley’s music combines the great tradition of church music with Jazz, Gospel and world music,” says Peter Merrick the Church’s Director of Music.“It’s instant in its appeal but profound in its synthesis of diverse musical traditions.” Hear concert audio clip.




Paul Halley

Paul Halley grew up in Ottawa. He was appointed Director of Music at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine at the extraordinary age of 24. While there he was also principal keyboardist and composer for the New York Jazz ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort. He is a brilliant performer and improviser; as a composer, he writes music which crosses all boundaries and unites a wide variety of styles.

Theresa Thomason

Theresa is an extraordinary talent, equally at home in Jazz,
R & B, and Gospel styles. She boasts an enormous vocal range, superb
musicianship, and incredible rapport with her audiences. The colla-
boration of these two very different musicians is marked by the joy and
spontaneity evident on their stunning CD Sound Over All Waters.

The Quartet

A quartet of local stars completes the roster: Jane Bunnett, soprano
saxophone, Mark Kelso, drums; Roberto Occhipinti, electric bass; and
Jalidan Ruiz, world percussion. The Eglinton St. George’s United Church Choir will back-up Halley and Thomason, directed by Peter Merrick.

Media Contact: Peter Merrick, Director of Music 416.690.3880


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