Out Of Africa
Date: May 31, 2012
Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Out Of Africa, an a cappella concert by Zephyr Vocal Ensemble presenting the exotic sounds, rhythms, and color palettes of Africa and of countries whose music is influenced by African music (the Caribbean islands, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and the U.S.), will take place in Stanhope on Friday, June 15th. Included in the program will be protest music of the South African anti-apartheid movement, classical music based upon Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American dance forms; Jamaican reggae, music of the American chain gangs, spirituals, jazz, Motown, and a few only distantly-related songs just for fun. Music sung by a variety of small groups, men's and women's, and full choir.
The concert begins at 8:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Main St., Stanhope, NJ. A freewill offering will be taken to support both the church and Zephyr. As a help to African small businesses and artisans, Zephyr will be offering beautiful handmade jewelry ordered directly from Africa at its merchandise table. Each purchase goes entirely to support African artisans through African Home, a Fair Trade Organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. Bring a few extra dollars to purchase a lovely African jewelry piece for someone special, and simultaneously do something to support African businesses.
Zephyr, a regionally-performing ensemble, presented six songs on the spring concert programs of the Ridgewood, NJ-based Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus on April 21st and 22nd as a specially-invited guest performing ensemble. Other recent performances, in addition to its own concerts, have been as special guests of Basking Ridge's Ridge Light Opera annual A Cappella Jamboree, as well as EarthFest in Vernon, NJ, An Evening With the Stars Sussex Co. Arts Council gala benefit concert, Warwick NY's Applefest, and elsewhere.
Zephyr is seeking a qualified bass, baritone, tenor 1, and tenor 2 to fill current openings, as well as singers in all voice parts for its Alternate List. See www.zephyrve.org/join or call (973) 400-ZEPH (9374) for more information.
Please visit www.zephyrve.org for more information about the ensemble. View the group on YouTube to preview the group (Overture to the Barber of Seville, arr. Lawson): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugGnZXlhbGc