The New York City “Eternal, Victorious Light, A Jazz Passion and Resurrection” performance at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is one of several performances in 2017 in honor of the Reformation anniversary. The “Jazz Passion” is an hour-long work written for choir, vocal quartet, several soloists and a12-piece jazz ensemble and is returning to the stage.
As a grant award as part of the ELCA’s Reformation anniversary grant program, performances will have already occurred in Germany, with upcoming performances in Chicago and Slovakia.
This performance features ELCA member Andy Tecson as part of a trio that includes world-renowned pianist Bobby Schiff and Ken Jandes, a Presbyterian and Tecson’s former high school saxophone and composition teacher and now fellow ChurchJazz ensemble member. Tecson will play tenor sax, his usual instrument. Jandes will play baritone sax. Schiff will play piano.
They will be joined by trumpet player and co-composer Lewis. They will be also joined by a small, four-student jazz choir from Valparaiso University. Dr. Christopher Cock, director of Valporaiso’s choral department and chair of its Bach Institute, will prepare the students and accompany them to New York.