Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 06 – Lotus Born


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Lotus Born — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 04 – Window Of Stones


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Window Of Stones — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Ash Wednesday

Imposition of Ashes at the Ash Wednesday service.

Tora Alexander is playing “Ashokan Farewell” on the violin. It was a beautiful beginning to the Lenten season. Many thanks to Chip and Dana Cosper for hosting the service and continuing the vision of Jean Johnson of an Ash Wednesday service around a fire at the waterfront. With the warmer weather this year there were many more people at the service. Yes, there were s’mores afterwards! Lenten blessings to all!

(video also available at https://youtu.be/L4KNZT2kJTs)

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 03 – The Missing Dream


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Missing Dream — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 02 – Dancing In The Shadows


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Dancing In The Shadows — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 01 – Jasmine


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Jasmine — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Lakewood youth in the news

Below is a repost of a press release announcing the The Power of Song Music Contest 2018 winners. The contest coincides with the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song at the Palladium Theater on Jan. 7-8 as the kick-off for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. It concerns an award, Lakewood UCC youth, Zach Blair-Andrews received  and a concert that he will be performing in at the Palladium.

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Some holiday concerts of interest

*December 1, Friday – SPC student Choral group at 7:00pm (I’m singing as a “temp” alto) Friday at the Lealman Community Church, 4090 58th Avenue North, St Petersburg FL 33714 – Schubert Mass in G Major and other Christmas music
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*December 2, Saturday – 5:00pm, Adult Community Chorus at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus Vivaldi Gloria and other holiday music

December 6, Wednesday – 7:30pm – Eckerd College Choir in the EC Chapel – Holiday Concert

*Dec. 10th, Sunday – 4:00pm, Many Moods of Christmas Benefit Concert at 1st Presbyterian Church downtown (see attachment on this email sent by Matt for schedule).

PS: Lakewood UCC parishioner, Claire Stiles, will be singing in the above SPC concerts with asterisks.

Following are concerts at St. Petersburg First Presbyterian Church:

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Lakewood High Jazz Ensemble to perform at the Apollo Theater


The Lakewood High Jazz Ensemble was invited to participate in the 2018 New York City Jazz Festival, where the band will perform at the Apollo Theater. The festival, which will take place in April 2018, is designed to give jazz ensembles the opportunity to perform as part of a ticketed daytime performance. The ensemble was also featured recently on WFLA’s Daytime. The students have produced a CD, “Swinging on 54th,” and the Spartan Band Boosters are promoting the album to raise funds for the trip. See Zach Blair-Andrews to buy your CD and promote this excellent educational and music adventure!

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Some Gebrauchsmusik (from hiltonkeanjones.com)

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The church where I work, Lakewood United Church of Christ, is in the midst of a fund drive to fix their roof which is badly in need of repair. As part of that, the pastor, Rev. Kim Wells, is having three weeks of sermons that center around a theme of Lakewood UCC as “Our shelter from the stormy blast,” a line from the hymn, “O God Our Help in Ages Past.”

Church musicians are always looking for ways to make what they do “fit” somehow. So, I decided to write three preludes on the hymn tune, ST ANNE, which is the actual name of the melody of “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” playing each one on a different Sunday of the three Sundays.

Links to computer “performances” of each of the three are below. I hope, someday, I can record them because there’s simply no comparison to the subtle changes a human can make in shading of tempo and color and the sterile rendering of a computer. But…ya gotta go with what ya got. So here are links to scores and streaming audio for each.

Prelude on St. Anne #1   score   audio
Prelude on St. Anne #2   score   audio
Prelude on St. Anne #3   score   audio

Here’s a link to the audio of all three as a playlist in the order I would recommend if played as a group.

Note: my teacher’s teacher was Paul Hindemith. Go to this link for a good, SHORT, description of Gebrauchsmusik (Music for Use).

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Coming concerts

Below is the list of concerts at St. Petersburg’s 1st Presbyterian Church. Lakewood UCC member, Claire Stiles, will be participating in at least one of these as well as these two concerts of the SPC Community Chorus: November 5 – Sunday at the Palladium at 6:00pm – Veterans Day concert with patriotic music; and, December 2 – Saturday at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus (not certain of time yet, but likely 7:00pm) – Vivaldi Gloria and other holiday music.

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World Refugee Day Commemoration

Each year the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force hosts a local event to commemorate World Refugee Day.
This is one day set aside internationally to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees.

This year’s local event will be held on June 16th at 1:00pm at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The event will begin at 1:00pm with a networking time in the lobby area featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from the PTC Culinary Arts Department and live music from Lakewood High School’s 54th Ave Jazz Combo.

At 2:00pm a short program will be held in the main auditorium featuring Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 as the Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Kriseman of St Petersburg providing opening remarks and a Dance of Hope by refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A brief awards ceremony will also recognize 5 former refugees/immigrants who have distinguished themselves by giving back to our refugee population in our community through our “Making a World of Difference” awards. These awards highlight the fact that our community is stronger and more welcoming because of the former refugees/immigrants who invest their time and resources here by giving back.

Finally, a citizenship ceremony will be held with 30 former refugees becoming U.S. citizens. The keynote speaker will be Sandra Grudic, a Pinellas County high school teacher, former refugee from Bosnia and current volunteer for refugees in our community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Doug Haskitt at HASKITTD@pcsb.org

World Refugee Day Celebration:

“Yesterday, Refugees–

Today, Americans”

When:   June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711. From 34th Street South, go westbound on 11th Ave. S. (across from Gibb’s High School), go past the Commercial Trucking Training Area on your right, and take your 2nd right into our Main Parking Lot. The Main Entrance and Reception Area will be on the north side of the Main Parking Lot in the center of the building.

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One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers, come TOGETHER for a wonderful afternoon of music!

Sunday, May 28, 4:00pm
One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers Free Concert

Two great community choruses- One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers, come TOGETHER for a wonderful afternoon of music! This concert is FREE, and will include Freedom Songs, Civil Rights Songs, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs. You don’t want to miss it!
A freewill collection will be taken to benefit the choruses and Lakewood Methodist Church.

Location for One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers Concert:Lakewood United Methodist Church-5995 MLK Jr St. S, St. Pete

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Mozart’s Requiem at SPC, Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Requiem: In memory of Jason Miller, Monday, April 24 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Palladium at St. Petersburg College

253 5th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
The combined choruses of St. Petersburg College and a chamber orchestra comprised of SPC faculty and friends, under the direction of SPC Interim Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Matt Caine, will present Mozart’s Requiem in memory of Jason Miller.

The life of prolific composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart tragically ended just shy of his 36th birthday, leaving others to come after him and complete his unfinished Requiem. Composer and locally-known musician Jason Miller, an alumnus of the music and theatre departments of St. Petersburg College, died in a tragic automobile accident in December 2016 at the age of 36.

We, the musicians of SPC join together in this performance of Mozart’s Requiem to help our community mourn the passing of our beloved friend and, by doing so, in some small way seek to complete some of his life’s unfinished work in much the same way that composers completed Mozart’s unfinished Requiem.

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Christmas Caroling photos


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Photos by Janet Blair

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Opportunity to sing onstage with The Florida Orchestra

Ever wonder what it feels like to perform onstage with The Florida Orchestra? Find out with the ‘Sing Out! Tampa Bay’ choir. This year’s performance will feature traditional and contemporary American Gospel songs like Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day, and When the Saints Go Marching In. The sing-along concert is Saturday, Feb 11, at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg. If you are interested in participating in the choir, please register here by Nov 18.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Daryn Bauer, TFO Community Engagement Manager, at dbauer@floridaorchestra.org or 727-362-5468.

NOTE: Claire  Stiles sang in this last year and will be doing so again. It’s something Lakewood singers would enjoy.
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Memorable presentations at Sunday service, August 28th, 2016

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Amaiya and Kai’Lyn Washington performing an interpretive dance of R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest”

A women’s quartet comprised of Yvonne Riesen, Yoko Nogami, Grace Lewis, and Claire Stiles, singing “God Who Touchest Earth”

Rev. Wells presenting Children’s Time, assisted by physics teacher husband, Jeff Wells.


Photos by Susan Sherwood, Yoko Nogami, Claire Stiles, Lucille Ruga, and Roxanne McGlashan

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Lakewood UCC participation in Florida Orchestra Sing Out! Concert

Sing Out! Concert with the Florida Orchestra last night at the Mahaffey Theater. Community Chorus members from LUCC included Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, Jim Andrews, Claire Stiles, Jeff Wells, and Kim Wells. This was the first sing along concert sponsored by the Florida Orchestra.
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Instrumental music at Lakewood UCC

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Last Sunday, Gordon Terrell was featured as saxophone soloist performing “For All We Know” with pianist, Hilton Jones. Gordon has frequently presented special music at Lakewood and his performances are much loved by the congregation.
Gordon & HKJ - Gordon resting
Next week, there will be another selection of special instrumental music featuring Marg Radens on cello and Preston Poe, guitar and vocals. This will be their first appearance at Lakewood. Be sure not to miss it!
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Kyrie from Missa de Angelis

This is Hilton, the Music Director at Lakewood UCC. This post is part of a series of posts presenting music representative of what I and others do as part of services at Lakewood UCC.

Featured in this post, is a movement, Kyrie, from a piano suite of mine, Missa de Angelis. For this, and all music listened to on a computer, headphones are recommended.

Composed and performed (1995) by Hilton Kean Jones. The score is available at http://hiltonkeanjones.com/PDFs/Missa_de_Angelis.pdf/(PDF).

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Forest Dawn

This is Hilton, the Music Director at Lakewood UCC. Recently, Reverend Wells has asked me to start posting music representative of what I and others do as part of services at Lakewood UCC.

Featured in this post, is the first movement of an orchestral suite of mine, The Forest. For this, and all music listened to on a computer, headphones are recommended.

Composed and performed (2014) by Hilton Kean Jones; synthesizer realization by HKJ. The score will eventually be available at http://hiltonkeanjones.com/music/(PDF).

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Jasmine

This is Hilton, the Music Director at Lakewood UCC. Recently, Reverend Wells asked me to start posting some music representative of what I and others do as part of services at Lakewood UCC.

For this first in a series of music posts, I wanted to begin with a piece that was part of a series of piano pieces I wrote for quiet meditations during the service. It’s called Jasmine, and is part of a collection piano pieces called Meditations & Reflections. For this, and all music listened to on a computer, headphones are recommended.

Composed and performed (2014) by Hilton Kean Jones; recorded at the Springs Theater recording studio, Tampa, FL., John Stephan, owner/engineer. The score is available at http://hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/Meditations_and_Reflections.pdf (PDF).

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Meditations & Reflections

MESSAGE FROM HILTON: A couple years ago there were a series of services at Lakewood that began with a moment of reflection during which there was piano music. I wrote music for those meditation times. Those pieces, and other pieces I composed for preludes and offertories at Lakewood, I’m making available to the congregation as a free audio CD. These CDs are just homemade audio CDs that I’m burning by hand on my computer so I’ll only be able to produce a few each week, so if all the CDs are gone when you look, please just put your name on the piece of paper left for that purpose on the back table so I’ll have an idea how many more CDs to burn.

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Stan Hunter

Jazz Pianist Stan Hunter: A Celebration

Thursday,Jan.22,7:30p

A top collection of Tampa Bay area jazz musicians join pianist Stan Hunter for a memorable night of great jazz. Guests include Patrick Bettison (harmonica), LaRue Nickelson (guitar), Alejandro Arenas (bass) and Joe Bencomo (drums).

http://www.mypalladium.org/jazz-pianist-stan-hunter-celebration/

GENERAL ADMISSION: $16, $20 day of show. RESERVED: $25

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Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement

Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement

The Power of Song
A Kick-off for the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Celebrations
4 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015    &    7 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015
The Palladium Theatre
259 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
*Free
*Tickets available at The Palladium Theatre Box Office
A September Penn Production
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Ode to Peace

Ode to Peace (teaser) September 19, 2014

 

“Ode to Peace”
(Hymne à la Paix)

 

to Resound Around the World on

International Day of Peace, September 21

A musical message of hope for a troubled world

composed by

Frédéric Chaslin,

performed by the
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2014 – On Sunday September 21, an estimated one billion people around the world will be made aware of-and tens of millions will gather at events to celebrate-the International Day of Peace (a day established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981). At the same time, a brand new “peace anthem” will be released into-and resound around-the world.
Ode to Peace was recorded in Jerusalem, the City of Peace, on September 7, 2014. Composed and conducted by Frédéric Chaslin, “Ode to Peace” is performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Produced by French-Israeli producer Andre Djaoui in association with Jean Trudel of the Montreal-based Cercle de Paix – Circle of Peace, “Ode to Peace” will be released as “a gift to the world from Jerusalem”, on Peace Day, as part of the peace wave that begins with a moment of silence at noonin every time zone around the world.

“There has never been a better time to release such a message into the world,” says Frédéric Chaslin. “Through the universal language of music-combined with the voices of children-we can deliver a message of peace and hope directly to people’s hearts and souls.”

Ode to Peace” includes a chorus with original lyrics by Djaoui/Trudel to reflect United Nation’s theme for this year’s International Day of Peace-The Right of Peoples to Peace.

“It’s a historic recording made in a holy city,” says Andre Djaoui, “and we are hoping that it will resonate on Peace Day and beyond with people who crave that most basic human right: the right to peace.”

Cercle de Paix, as a representative of Pathways To Peace and partner organizations in the peace community will be combining to give “Ode to Peace” huge visibility in international media, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and beyond. “This year’s #PeaceDay is already generating unprecedented global participation on social media,” says Jean Trudel. “People are speaking out and sharing messages of peace. ‘Ode to Peace’ is a unique and powerful piece of content that will be enjoyed and shared on every social platform.”

A trailer for “Ode to Peace” will be made available online at internationaldayofpeace.org onSeptember 19, 2014, to coincide with the official United Nations observance ceremonies.
The trailer will then be released to the world, on multiple channels beginning at noon in all time zones on September 21, 2014. The full video will be released a few weeks later for download.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT “ODE TO PEACE”
MEDIA CONTACT:
Kelly Egan,
Pathways To Peace
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