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Another musical transition...

posted Jan 29, 2011, 9:33 AM by Steven Vaughan

If you attended 11:45 Mass during Advent, you might remember the beautiful rendition of O thou that tellest good tidings from Handel's Messiah.  Or perhaps you heard O Holy Night at Midnight Mass?

These were both sung by Mabel Ledo, who has been described by the New York Times as “a warm, expressive mezzo-soprano.”  Besides being a member of our choir, she has graced the stages of Carnegie's Weil Hall; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; CAMI Hall; the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts; the Fundazione Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy; the Opera de Oviedo and Festival de Opera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  She has also been a featured soloist with the Miami Beach World Music Festival; the Miami Civic Music Association and the Concert Association of Florida. 

According to Opera News, she “unleashed a voluminous, firmly-placed mezzo that made one long to hear more of her.”  We have one more chance to hear more of her next Sunday at 11:45 Mass, but then she  will be moving to Miami with her husband, Pierre Lenis.  If you don't know him personally, you'd recognize him as one of our regular Ministers of Hospitality.  He also grew up in our parish and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

Not only does their moving leave an empty place in our hearts, it creates vacancies in both our Music and Hospitality Ministries we hope to fill.  I wish you would consider joining the choir, no matter what your level of experience is.  Remember that if finding the time for rehearsal seems like a daunting task, or learning music feels too challenging; singing with others is an ideal way to relax and relieve stress from the pressures of daily life.  And no one should feel their voice isn't good enough.  There's an old saying that goes “If God gave you a good voice, raise your voice and sing praise with it.  And if God gave you a bad voice, raise your voice even louder and get even!”

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