Tickets are available at the door
Branford High School Theater Arts Program Presents
Wednesday March 18th – Saturday March 21st 7:30 pm Sunday March 22nd 2pm
Tickets 203-315-7998 ext. 2500
Roger Post Nonet: Sunday, April 28, 2013 [6pm]
Drake directed the Roger Post Nonet at Pizzeria Lauretano
Performing the music of Miles Davis’ album “The Birth of the Cool”.
Branford High Choir Premiers Jonathon Elias’ “The Prayer Cycle” Concert as a Call for World Peace: Sunday, April 28, 2013 [2pm] Woolsey Hall
Jonathon Elias and Cathyann Roding at the Live Performance of the Prayer Cycle.
BRANFORD, Connecticut (April 28, 2013) – The 150 plus student choir at Branford High
School, joined by a professional orchestra of over 50 musicians, will take the stage at Woolsey Hall this month to present the live premiere of Jonathan Elias’s The Prayer Cycle.
The Prayer Cycle, originated from a series of poems set to music for choir, orchestra, and
soloists, has become a global nondenominational prayer for peace. The work was originally
recorded to great acclaim and released with James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Alanis Morissette, and more in 1999. Branford’s choir performance marks the first time the piece has ever been performed live.
As the work is a call to peace throughout the world, the Branford High School Choir will be
signing on and dedicating the concert to the Sandy Hook Promise. The Sandy Hook Promise is committed to identifying and implementing holistic and common sense solutions that will make our country safer from similar tragedies to that in Newtown, Connecticut through education and outreach.
Branford’s religious ministry will also be well represented reading the poems between all nine of the orchestral and choral movements. The clergy will include Rev. Keane (First Baptist Church),Rev. Woody (St. Stephen’s AME Zion Church), Berenadette DiGiulian (Elder Care Chaplin), Fr. Ford (St. Mary’s Church), Rev. Jackson (United Methodist Church), Rev. Gracen (Trinity Episcopal Church), Rayzl Feuer (P’nai Shore-Sandy Creek), and Rev. Allen (Shoreline Community Church).
Branford Choir alumni and NEWS 8 Anchor Chris Velardi will host the event.
The Prayer Cycle will be presented at Woolsey Hall on the campus of Yale University (500
College Street, at Grove Street, New Haven, CT), Connecticut on Sunday April 28, 2013 at
2:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 and available in advance by calling 203-315-7998 x2500 or the day of the performance at the door. There will also be round-trip bus transportation to Woolsey Hall available leaving from the Branford High parking lot for $3.00. Bus reservations must be made in advance by calling the ticket line.
Under the direction of Cathyann Roding, the Branford High School Choir travels every other
year participating in many international choral festivals, performing tours, and prestigious
events. Highlight events include singing Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, singing a private concert for and meeting the Pope, along with performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
“Just the names of the movements are so compelling themselves,” says Roding, of the cycle’s nine songs: Mercy, Strength, Hope, Compassion, Grace, Innocence, Forgiveness, Benediction and Faith.
Stream The Prayer Cycle Choral Symphony Tracklist at All Music (Duration 51:32)
“I feel if there’s a time in the world that we need a global hug or getting together in the spirit of peace, it’s now.” ~Cathyann Roding
‘Prayer Cycle’ Live Premiere by BHS Choir The Day, Connecticut
Branford Concert dedicated to Sandy Hook Promise New Haven Register