300 Years of Music


A Musical Prelude To The Celebration of Easter

A Musical Prelude To The Celebration of Easter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1116 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana

Presented by:The Bishop Perry Center, The Rev. William F. Maestri, Director The Cathedral – Basilica of St. Louis King of France and The Archdiocese of New OrleansIn Concert and sponsors


Valerie Francis, Soprano, with Troy Poplous and Richard Hobson, Baritones, and Wilfred Delphin, Pianist

Directed By: Dr. Kenneth S. Klaus Gloria B. Callais Endowed Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Nicholls State University

In a Salute to Leontyne Price

La Vergine degli’angeli (La Forza del Destino) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)  Valerie Francis Priest’s ChorusTroy Poplous, Timothy Ray, Roland Bennett, Melvin Harrison, James Rodrigue, Myron Hartford, Mark Thomas,and The Sinfonia Singers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for Men in Music, Nicholls State University.

Vissi d’arte (Tosca) Giacomo Puccini (1858~1924) Tosca begs Scarpia to save her lover’s life.Valerie Francis

Per me giunto e il di supremo (Don Carlo) VerdiPosa visits Carlo in prison to tell him that he is a marked man because he has used the secret papers to take upon himself the blame for the Flemish rebellion. Posa is shot and dying, he tells Carlo he is happy to have sacrificed his life for a man who will become Spain’s savior. Richard Hobson

O patria mia (Aida) VerdiCiel! mio padre! On the eve of Amneris’s wedding, Ramfis and Amneris enter a temple on the banks of the Nile to pray. Aida, who is waiting for Radamès, is lost in thoughts of her homeland. Amonasro suddenly appears. Invoking Aida’s sense of duty, he makes her agree to find out from Radamès which route the Egyptian army will take to invade Ethiopia. Amonasro hides as Radamès arrives and assures Aida of his love. Valerie Francis, Richard Hobson

Summertime and Bess you is my woman now (Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin (1898-1937)Clara sings a lullaby to her child…All leave except Bess and Sporting Life, who asks her again to come to New York with him and tries to give her more dope, which she refuses. Porgy chases him away and he and Bess sing about their new happiness. Valerie Francis, Troy R. Poplous


In the Beginning God Duke Ellington (1899-1974) Richard Hobson

For the Love of Jesus Roger D. Dickerson (1934-)

The Crucifixion Arranged by Ellis Marsalis (1934-)

Calvary Betty Jackson King (1928-1994)

Toccata – Ride on King JesusJohn D. Carter (1932~1981) (Cantata)

A Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter, Free Public Concerts…

…Concludes With
A Performance by Cynthia Cheri-Woolridge & Friends
At Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in the Vieux Carre

NEW ORLEANS, LA—On April 10, 2014 the sixth and final of Bishop Perry’s Center’s series of free, public concerts will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1116 Chartres St. at 6 p.m. Stars of this concert will be Cynthia Cheri-Woolridge and Friends, a gifted group of gospel and spiritual singers and musicians. Among friends expected to join Cynthia in the performance on Thursday is Dr. Michael White, the renowned jazz musician, jazz historian, and teacher.
Others joining Ms. Cheri-Woolridge will be Desmian Barnes and Percy Williams on trumpet; Arthur Mitchell on Saxaphone; Robino Barnes on Bass; and Jarvis McCelos on drums. Singers will include Jerrydette Joseph, Sylvia Thomas, Anicia Cheri, Gary Foster, and William Wiloughby, along with the Bishop Perry Center “Heavenly Notes.”

The series—A Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter—features music ranging from classical favorites of the great gothic and baroque cathedrals of the world to Broadway to New Orleans jazz, spirituals, and gospel. The concerts take place in the architecturally and historically significant Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, part of the old Ursuline Convent Complex, located in the French Quarter.