December 25, 2012 |
After more than 40 years, it will be a silent night this Christmas Eve for the Bergen Square neighborhood's lively church choir, La Tuna de la Alegria. Every Sunday until recently, choir members of all ages - many of them second- or third-generation relatives of those who founded the Camden choir in 1969 - sang and played traditional Puerto Rican religious music for Masses at Our Lady of Mount Carmel/Fatima Church. Two years ago, the Camden Diocese ordered the parish to merge with North Camden's Holy Name and downtown's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
July 31, 2016 |
Arnetha N. Williams, 91, of Philadelphia, a longtime educator in the city's public schools and a dedicated church member, died Friday, July 22, at home of complications from an earlier stroke. Born to Luther and Lula Bates-Williams, Ms. Williams received religious training at a very early age. She was 8 when her mother died. She turned for solace to Miller Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where she participated in Sunday school and the Baptist Young People's Union. Later, she joined the church choir, raised money for scholarships, planned the women's group lunches, and researched and wrote the church's history.
October 28, 2002 |
Sabrina, 8, is thankful for any kindness, and always has a ready "thank you. " She appreciates good meals, special treats and being included in family activities. She would like to be in a church choir. Her social worker heard her sing "God Bless America" and says Sabrina has a lovely voice. At a school for performing arts, she took tap dancing and jazz and did well at the recital. She also likes swimming. Therapy is helping Sabrina deal with the loss, abuse and neglect she suffered in her past.
August 26, 2014 |
At age 10, TyteYonna already has the hallmarks of a natural-born leader. Intelligent, energetic, personable, she enjoys meeting new people - she prefers to be called Tyte ( Tot-tee ) - and can hold up her end of almost any conversation. She is eager to learn new things and, her social worker says, looks forward to challenges. Interested in many activities, Tyte is a skilled gymnast. But she particularly loves to sing - she creates her own songs - and dance. And if she can perform for an audience, all the better.
July 28, 2015 |
Jesenia is a 12-year-old with big dreams and big talents. Passionate about music, she loves singing, and her beautiful voice can be heard each Sunday in her church choir. Although she aspires to sing professionally, like her idol Selena Gomez, she also thinks about another career. "I want to be a child advocate," she says, "so I can help children who are going through some of the things I did. " Jesenia volunteers at community soup kitchens and has found great satisfaction in helping others.
January 7, 2014 |
Tanasia is a soft-spoken, articulate 16-year-old with a captivating smile. Social, playful, and loving, she easily makes friends and enjoys engaging in conversations. She keeps busy with a variety of activities. Musically talented, she loves to play the piano and violin, and sings in her church choir. Tanasia is also interested in technology, including computers and electronics. Tanasia had the opportunity to travel to Paris and still talks about the wonderful, exciting trip. She hopes one day to return.
January 13, 2012 |
OYFUL NOISE," sort of a "Glee!"-meets-gospel-music choral-competition musical, makes a pleasant-enough racket. A cheerful, not-quite-off-color crowd-pleaser that rarely breaks formula, it's the big-screen equivalent of a sloppy smooch from your overaffectionate aunt over the holidays. You grimace. You stand there and take it. And you don't let anybody see you grin afterward. Writer-director Todd Graff, who specializes in this sort of cheerful, campy musical ("Bandslam," "Camp")
June 2, 1995 |
"We play TV tag outside," Akeema said. "Like when somebody tries to get next to you - you gotta call off a name of a TV show, quick. If you can't think of one - you're it. " Swimming is at the top of the list of things Akeema, 8, likes to do. A pool is fine, but the ocean is exciting and salty and she's not afraid to go under water, even in a wave. Getting dressed up, wearing a bow in her hair and singing in the church choir are other treats. And her shyness doesn't stop her from singing a duet with a friend.
July 12, 2012
Calvin Marsh, 91, a lyric baritone who sang more than 900 performances with the New York Metropolitan Opera before forsaking the stage for a life in religious music, died June 18 in Dallas. The cause was a stroke, a son-in-law said. Mr. Marsh made his Met debut in 1954 as Nachtigall in Wagner's Meistersinger von Nurnberg and remained a company stalwart for more than a decade, mostly in secondary parts, until 1967. He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Renovo, in north-central Pennsylvania; while in high school, he answered a want ad recruiting singers for a church choir in Trenton.
June 21, 2013 |
'Yeah! Best yet!" Such exclamations were heard from the Rolling Stones' sound engineers Tuesday afternoon when the Crossing choir finished its rehearsal of "You Can't Always Get What You Want. " The founder/director of the Philadelphia-based group was similarly pleased. "I'm impressed with my sopranos - they have high C's for five bars," said Donald Nally. The bigger challenge came that night at the concert, when they began the song amid an anticipatory roar from the Wells Fargo Center audience.