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posted Jan 19, 2015, 5:47 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 19, 2015, 5:47 AM ]
Next Sunday, January 25th at 4:30 pm we present a concert here called #young@heart. No, it's not a celebration of Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. It's the 2nd Annual recital of young people performing here at the “Heart” of Brooklyn and a fundraiser for World Youth Day 2016!

Boy soprano Evan Rodolfo Katsefes, who belongs to St. Luke’s Parish in Whitestone and has soloed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is singing An die Musik, a hymn to the art of music and one of Schubert's best known songs. Carlo Gallego and Phil Vincent Castanares, both from Brooklyn’s Mary Queen of Heaven, will each play a Chopin nocturne. A nocturne is a short piece for solo piano, inspired by, or evocative of the night.

When I was young, I performed frequently with a friend of mine whose daughter is a recent alumnus of the American Musical Dramatic Academy; NYC’s College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. I now get to accompany her, Simone Goubert, on His Hands by Kenneth Cope, a composer of religious music with seven Especially for Youth albums.

Two of the young women who wowed the audience last year, Hannah Rose DeFlumeri and DeAnne Stewart, are returning to wow us again. Nikole Marone, who sings in our choir, cantors and solos here is also going to impress us. And there will be a couple more surprises!

In Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, the US Bishops pointed out youth ministry is more than programs and events. It is “the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people, and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community.” So as a parish, let's respond by graciously allowing these young people to share their talents with us and support their endeavors, both with our attendance and with our free will offering!