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Faith-inspired performances from local and national performers represent an opportunity to connect across the many cultures present in our community. Beginning with the Balkan and North African Jewish traditions of Trio Sefardi and Music Pilgrim Trio (August 1), or the Taoist-influenced improvisations of Chao Tian and Tom Teasley (August 15), Gospel music rules for our final two weeks starring Capria McLearn with Tamara Jade (August 22), and finishing with Charles Butler & Trinity with Special Guests (August 29)!
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Sunday, August 29
Charles Butler & Trinity with Special Guests
Sunday, July 25
Charles Butler & Trinity (rescheduled)
Sunday, August 1
Music Pilgrim Trio
Sunday, August 8
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Sunday, August 15
Chao Tian and Tom Teasley
Sunday, August 22
Capria McLearn with Tamara Jade
Charles Butler and Trinity (Rescheduled from 7/25)
Charles Butler & Trinity has become one of the most promising gospel virtuosos in the country, with their signature sound infusing traditional and contemporary gospel music. The group has been nominated for multiple Stellar Awards; Choir of the Year & Contemporary Choir of the Year in 2017 and Traditional Choir of the Year in 2018. In 2016, Trinity released their sophomore album “Make It” which debuted at #2 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart, #2 on iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart, maintained a top 15 position on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart for over 16 weeks. In 2017, their 3rd album “The Blood” debut at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart and Top 5 on Christian Gospel Albums Chart. April 3, 2020, the group released a fun 90s vibe single "By My Spirit" featuring Coko of chart-topping R&B group SWV that has been uplifting and encouraging, especially during the global pandemic. Charles Butler & Trinity has the honored to perform at the White House for President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama accompanying 9-time Grammy nominated artist, Ledisi.
Trio Sefardi is dedicated to bringing the vibrant past into the living present and to continuing the musical traditions of those who created and sustained Sephardic song traditions over the centuries. The trio draws on experience in folk music and jazz, early music, and the influence of their mentor, the Bosnian-born Sephardic singer/composer Flory Jagoda, a 2002 National Heritage Fellowship honoree. Former Washington Post chief music critic Ann Midgette praised the group’s “lovely and luminous performance of Sephardic songs.”
There is nothing ordinary about the Music Pilgrim Trio and their music. Vladimir Fridman (guitar, vocals), Seth Kibel (clarinet, flute, saxophone), and Bob Abbott (contrabass) combine a wealth of experience and virtuosity with a fearless improvisational spirit. With smiles on their faces they combine influences from a myriad of musical genres -- Klezmer, Jazz, Russian, Classical, Latin-American music, and more! If the audience has half as much fun as the musicians themselves, everyone will have a fabulous time.
One of the region's most acclaimed choral signing groups performs sacred works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, with a few surprises. If you're unfamiliar with choral music, there will also be short introductions to guide you along!
The Baltimore Choral Arts SOCIETY, now in its 55th season, is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Chorus, and Chamber Singers perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, and Europe.
“Kyrie” from Missa Brevis by Palestrina
Three pieces by Handel
“Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart
“And Then Shall Your Light” by Mendelssohn
“Grace Before Sleep” by Susan LaBarr
“Hallelujah” from Christus am Olberge by Beethoven
“Nuns’ Chorus” from Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
“Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George by Sondheim
Dong Xi is a world music duo focusing on presenting a new experience collaboration with individual unique taste in a “controlled improvisation” setting. Its name derives from the identities and the background of its composing musicians. Their musical dialogues are based on the Taoist philosophy of Wu Wei, meaning “action through inaction.” By creating beautiful music through respecting, listening, and reacting, the duo offers a model for resolving conflict and organizing chaos mindfully and organically.
Capria McClearn is a gospel artist and worship leader, whose rich and melodic sound has graced national platforms. In 2012, Capria released her debut single, Emmanuel. Shortly after, she became a lead and background vocalist for gospel groups, Charles Butler & Trinity and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise.
Capria has shared the stage with Cece Winans, Bebe Winans, Erica Campbell, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Shirley Murdock, Darrel Walls, and many other artists whose work she’s admired. Capria held leading roles in musical productions that featured renowned artists. She was also a background vocalist for the entire first season of BET's Joyful Noise, hosted by Tye Tribbett.
In early 2020, she released her sophomore single, The Victor. Capria believes that worship is a lifestyle. She is the Minister of Music and Arts at her church in Maryland.
Tamara Jade is an independent artist, entertainer, producer, and content creator, hailing from Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland. While on NBC’s The Voice, she garnered the first 4-Chair Turn of the season. John Legend described her voice as having a "fire in it" and that "watching her on stage [is] mesmerizing." Kelly Clarkson considered her talent "incredible." Gwen Stefani said she was her "biggest fan." Blake Shelton admitted that her voice was "hard to deny." She is featured in PopSugar, Billboard and Today publications.
She has worked with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Lizzo, Tituss Burgess, Ledisi, Jason Michael Webb, and Victory Boyd. Most recently, Jade joined Revive Superfoods and Fabletics in progressive brand partnerships. She is also heard singing in Nike's "What's Your Why?" campaign commercial.
Health and Safety
We are excited to welcome you back to live, in-person performances. Please visit our Health and Safety page to learn more about the procedures OTC has in place to make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible.
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Andrew A. Isen
Cliff L. Johnson & Margaret T. Roper
Stephen Simpson & Lois Taylor
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August 1 - August 29 2021