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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 46th Annual Christmas Concert
(Published: December 01, 2018)

Called "spellbinding" (The Boston Globe) and "stunningly beautiful" (New York City Jazz Record), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra marks its 46th Annual Christmas Concert with joyful music in the spirit of the season on December 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20 at the door. Information: 617 776 8778. Proceeds to benefit The Poor People's United Fund.
This year, the orchestra will perform the premiere of music director Mark Harvey's latest work, Healers of the Universe, a tribute to Boston social activist Kip Tiernan. The piece is a musical celebration of the new sculpture installed in Kip's honor in Copley Square in October 2018. Inspired by quotations from her writings inscribed on the sculpture, the composition will resonate with her life and work, intended to be a beacon of hope and humanity in these uncertain and turbulent times. Other music will include What Child Is This, A Cradle in Bethlehem, and Mark Harvey's Benedictus.

Kip Tiernan was the founder of Rosie's Place and co-founder, with Fran Froelich, of The Poor Peoples United Fund. Harvey's earlier honorific piece, The Prophet, was performed at Kip Tiernan's memorial service in September 2011 and, most recently, at the unveiling of the Copley Square sculpture.

Proceeds of the December 8 concert will benefit Poor People's United Fund. PPUF fights poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, support to service organizations, and emergency assistance to families and individuals.

Led by founder/music director Mark Harvey, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra gave its first concert December 23, 1973 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston as a benefit for the Chelsea Fire Fund. Every year since then, the band has held a Christmas concert to support a deserving cause. Past beneficiaries have included Doctors Without Borders, American Friends Service Committee, Rosie's Place, Pine Street Inn, and many more. The Aardvark Christmas concerts have included illustrious guest artists Sheila Jordan, Howard McGhee, Semenya McCord, Ron Gill, Jack Powers, Kip Tiernan, Brother Blue and others.

Aardvark performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music, including collaborations with film, dance, choral groups and symphony orchestras. The orchestra performs widely, has premiered more than 185 works and appears on 15 CDs, including 9 discs on Leo Records, one of the world's leading independent music labels. Mark Harvey has performed internationally and recorded with esteemed jazz artists, teaches jazz history at MIT, and was named Boston Jazz Hero 2015 for his social activism in the jazz community spanning more than four decades. He is a retired Methodist minister.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; Richard Nelson/guitar; John Funkhouser/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; Mark Harvey/trumpet, music director.

Co-founded by Kip Tiernan and Fran Froehlich in 1980, The Poor People's United Fund works to eliminate the causes of suffering due to poverty. Programs include financial and support services to grassroots organizations meeting the needs of impoverished populations; emergency assistance to individuals and families in need of food, housing and health care; and research, education and advocacy for a better informed and more compassionate public regarding the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is managed exclusively by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778 or email delamotte-amw@comcast.net

More Information: http://www.aardvarkjazz.com

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