An All New Production for 2013
New Songs New Storyline New Vocalist New Locations New Spirit
FREE to the public, "Follow That Star: A Jazz Nativity" presents a creative re-imagining of the Christmas story. Featuring the music of The Oîkos Ensemble, this year’s guest artist is vocalist Kim Fuller. Ms. Fuller has captivated St. Louis audiences for over 30 years with a vocal style reminiscent of Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. She is currently the vocalist for the renowned “Jazz Story” presented by the Sheldon Concert Series. Kim has been the opening act for jazz greats such as Ramsey Lewis, the Jazz Crusaders, Pieces of a Dream and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. “I’m thrilled to be invited to sing at this year’s jazz nativity,” she says.
"Follow That Star: A Jazz Nativity" will be presented for two performances in St. Louis and one in Washington, MO, giving you several opportunities to experience this fabulous holiday event:
Saturday, December 7 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 – 7:00 p.m.
One performance is also schedule for the Kansas City area:
Saturday, December 21 - 2:00 p.m.
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The Oîkos Ensemble is a national jazz ministry under the direction of its founder and saxophonist, the Rev. Cliff Aerie. Oîkos features some of St. Louis’ most talented musicians and singers—Arianna Aerie (vocalist), Carolbeth True (piano), Daniel Campbell (trumpet), Kevin Gianino (drums), and Dave Troncoso (bass).
Oîkos has performed at more than 300 faith-based communities across the country. Grammy Award winner Paul Winter said, “I salute Cliff Aerie and the Oîkos Ensemble for their inspired music and mission. They are serving the world with their song.”
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Help us to promote this fabulous FREE event by sharing the above information with your congregation, family, friends and co-workers. Watch for a bulletin insert that will be available soon!
A free will offering will collected at each performance to benefit local charities, and you are asked to bring non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Remember, every little bit will assist someone less fortunate.
Please mark the performance dates on your calendars now. Gather a group from your church and attend this Christmas celebration together. Start a contest at your church or office and see who can collect the most canned goods to bring. And even if you don't plan to attend any of the FREE performances, please stop by and drop off a donation.
This year’s production partner is the Deaconess Foundation in collaboration with the three host congregations and donor supporters. Beginning its 125th anniversary, Deaconess Foundation continues the legacy of the Deaconess mission established in St. Louis in 1889. As a ministry of the United Church of Christ, the Foundation works to advance a culture of health and hope for children in poverty in the St. Louis community. Its grant making began in 1997 with proceeds generated by the sale of the Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System. Since its inception, Deaconess Foundation has provided $69 million in grants to more than 300 organizations. Administrative, creative and promotional support is being offered by the staff of the Missouri Mid-South Conference.