A Child's Christmas In Wales

Dec 22, 2013 03:00 AM - 04:00 AM

Experience the magic of an old time radio show, as 
Texas jazz musicians Alex Coke, Suzi Stern and Rich Harney 
      bring Dylan Thomas' beloved holiday tale to life in Austin this December. 
           Amidst the sounds of songs, toys, and improvised music, 
A Child's Christmas in Wales sparkles with surprise,
inspired by the enchanting shortstory.

The performance (and award winning CD) feature 4 new songs 
by pianist Harney and vocalist Stern 
with multi instrumentalist Coke employing a dazzling array
of toys that ring, pop, whistle and sing,
illuminating the original text in celebration of the season.

An Austin holiday favorite since 2006, please join us
at this year's family friendly matinee
and only public performance.
Sunday, December 22
 at First Presbyterian Church
      8001 Mesa Blvd

In true holiday spirit, A Child's Christmas In Wales
gives the gift of wonder and mirth
to music fans, families, and children of all ages.

Alex Coke is an award winning jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer based in Austin Texas and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
An original member of Tina Marsh's Creative Opportunity Orchestra, touring member of The Willem Breuker Kollektief, & founding member of The Worthy Constituents, The Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing and The Live Action Brass Band, Coke has performed, toured and recorded with some of the world's most diverse and accomplished musicians.

Rich Harney is a prolific jazz
composer/musician and one of Austin’s most in demand pianists. 
He has performed extensively with Gene Ramey, Tony Campise, Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), Alex Coke (Worthy Constituents),& Martin Banks (Duke Ellington Orchestra), among others.  MUSICIAN Magazine named 
Harney’s Sextet one of the “Twelve Best Unsigned Bands Nationwide”.

About Suzi Stern:
The combination of Stern’s emotional clear voice, flying over her uncatagorizable compositions with her poignant lyrics creates a magic that moves the listener and is unforgettable. Jazz pianist Denny Zeitlin says of Stern "It has been years since a singer has affected me so profoundly. Suzi has it all: a fantastic vocal instrument, effortless musicality, and a special way of working with the material and evoking the deepest emotions." In 2013, Suzi released a CD of her compositions called "Romancing The Dark" on Bus Biscuit Records.

First Presbyterian Church of Austin

Austin TX 78731

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