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Rhenda Fearrington, Gloria Galante and Jim Dragoni

August 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes to the 1867 Sanctuary Vocalist-Rhenda Fearrington, from Roberta Flack’s group; Harpist, Gloria Galante from Sinatra’s Orchestra and Guitarist Jim Dragoni from Mose Allison Band and Friends to fill the earth and endless skies with their jazz program, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Rhenda Fearrington
Rhenda Fearrington

Originally from New York, singer/songwriter Rhenda Fearrington cut her professional musical teeth touring the United States and the world singing backup to artists such as Mtume and Roberta Flack. She moved to Philadelphia in 1985 with her growing family, and soon turned her love of writing, singing, and children, into a one-woman motivational Program – The Feel Sooo Good Tour, performing original music and storytelling for school assemblies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Fearrington created and facilitated writing workshops for the Upper Darby School District and workshops for teachers and caregivers of young children at the University of Delaware – part of the state-sponsored Read-Aloud DEinitiative.

In addition to playing jazz events in Philadelphia, Rhenda Fearrington is a published writer, penning a weekly print column – “the abc of it” – that informs parents, children, and teachers of inexpensive events throughout the region and writing children’s book reviews. But her social media writing is ubiquitous, causing members of the jazz community to dub her – Philly’s Jazz Cheerleader! She shows up at almost every event (it seems), then writes weekly blogs, posts, and reviews about the Philadelphia jazz community, which help tourists and locals alike enjoy the jazz scene from the perspective of an insider. Rhenda Fearrington, with her nom de plume of “Sista In The Front,” energizes young and old musicians and singers with her optimism and enthusiasm.

Currently, Ms. Fearrington is writing a series of children’s books, based on her childhood with an extraordinary woman, her grandmother, Louise Madlock Sanford. She performs regularly as a singer throughout Philadelphia and is an advocate and Board Chair of Jazz Bridge- a 501c non-profit organization that assists Jazz & Blues artists in times of crisis.

Gloria Galante
Gloria Galante

Versatile and dynamic as a performer, deeply committed to teaching and to using the harp as an instrument of healing,  Gloria Galante (www.gmgstudios.com) is inspiring. Ms. Galante has a music ministry as she mentors students on each level (5 years to 83 years range her students ages), as well as plays in hospitals and hospices. Gloria, CMP, certified music practitioner plays for Crossroads Hospice as the Gift of the Day Program.

She has toured worldwide playing Classical, Jazz, Latin, African and pop as well as appearing with such greats as Jose Feliciano, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Luther Vandross.

Gloria is a member of Moog Endorsed artist the Divine Hand Ensemble (www.divinehandensemble.net) performing Opera music repertoire. Equally dedicated and experienced as an educator, Professor Galante is the founder of WCU College of Arts and Humanities CAH/Harp program (now in its 30th year). Gloria is the director of the WCU Harp Ensemble, a Musicopia ensemble leader, and serves on the prestigious PA Council on the Arts as a teaching artist.

Along with 30 recordings and compositions, Gloria has released two therapeutic CDs dedicated to raising funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is a certified CMP and advisor (from Music for Healing and Transition).

She is making history as the first CMP- certified music practitioner to play for IVF patients to reduce anxiety during transfers at Toll Center Abington Hospital. She participated as a CMP and part of an IVF team of Doctors, nurses, embryologists in a 2 year powered study completed by Dr. Barmat. Currently, Ms. Galante is available to provide therapeutic music for transfers at www.abingtonreproductivemedicine.com

Jim Dragoni
Jim Dragoni

James Dragoni is a composer and guitarist, first having performed professionally in 1966. He is also a mentor, film composer and writer. Performances include Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music, various jazz festivals and clubs. He has performed with Mose Allison, 2004-2011, Larry Coryell, 2010-2013, Odean Pope and many more. He has been a guest artist at universities and colleges on the east coast and midwest. His playing is described as an eclectic hybrid of jazz, blues, classical and fusion. Website: www.dragoni.com, email: jim@dragoni.com

Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

For online purchases, PLEASE PRINT AND KEEP YOUR RECEIPT emailed from PayPal. You will not be mailed tickets. While our notification from PayPal is usually sufficient, the receipt will provide your proof of purchase, particularly for same-day purchases.

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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August 22, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map