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.
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.
January 17, 2002 |
The Rev. Sarah Potter Smith, 99, the first African American woman to be ordained into the local order of the Methodist Church and for more than 50 years an assistant minister at Mother Zoar United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia, died Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Born in 1902 in Chester, Mrs. Smith was given little chance of living past age 12 because of a congenital heart condition that kept her bedridden for much of her childhood. She would have been 100 on April 30. At 18, while still very ill, she felt a call to preach, and took courses at Philadelphia College of Bible.
March 10, 2012 |
Despite her recent appearance on the top tier of Billboard's blues chart, hanging any one tag on Texas singing and songwriting guitarist Ruthie Foster would be a mistake. Since her career's start (as a child she sang as the leader of her church choir), Foster has made like Bonnie Raitt and used the blues the way a great chef uses a stock - as a rich base for all manner of spices and mood. She doesn't use blues to exclude, but to include. It has been a recipe for success - Foster's new album, Let it Burn , appears on Billboard's Heatseekers list and Top 200 albums chart.