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Greetings!

I hope you enjoyed our three special choirs in May: the Savannah Children’s Choir on May 4, the St. John’s Men’s Choir on May 11, and the Porter-Gaud Treblemakers on May 18. In addition, the St. John’s Chorale performed a special arrangement of “America the Beautiful” accompanied by trumpet in honor of Memorial Day on May 25. On May 28th St. John’s hosted an organ recital featuring Emily Meixner as part of the Piccolo Spoleto L’Organo Series. All in all, it was a wonderful month of music at St. John’s!
A reminder that the 7th Annual Summer at St. John’s concerts begin this month! Here is some additional information about each concert; we would love to see you there!

Saturday, June 14 @ 5PM Tom Noren, classical guitar
Tom Noren is an active performer and educator who has made the Charleston area home since 2005. A native of Rio de Janeiro and a graduate of New England Conservatory, Tom is currently the director of the Childbloom Guitar Program in Mt. Pleasant and Choir Assistant at the Cooper School.  His solo guitar performance will bridge classical and popular genres as he performs works by Brazilian composers João Pernambuco, Garoto and Sergio de Pinna and Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan.  Tom will perform on both 6 and 7 string guitars.

Saturday, July 12 @ 5PM The Charlestones
A cappella vocal quartet consisting of Brink Norton, Stephen Spaulding, William Purcell, and Todd Monsell presents a program of sacred and secular favorites for four male voices.  Pieces will include the sacred hymns “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” and “Let Us Break Bread Together,” the Billy Joel classic “For the Longest Time,” and Edvard Grieg’s powerful anthem “Brother’s Sing On, ” and many others. 

Saturday, August 16 @ 5PM La Belle Musique
Baroque instrumental ensemble (violins, recorder, cello, harpsichord) performs works from the 17th and 18th century, showcasing works by women composers including Isabella Leonarda, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Anna Bon, Anna Amalia of Prussia, and Maria Theresia von Paradis.  

All Summer at St. John’s concerts are free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception on the portico. I hope to see you this summer for some wonderful music!

In music,
Todd

Music Quotation of the Month: “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. 
And death a note unsaid.” -Langston Hughes