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Knox Rocks Free Children’s Concert Features Grammy-Nominated Singer Zak Morgan

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(August 7, 2017) – Children throughout Cincinnati are invited to a free concert featuring award-winning and Grammy-nominated children’s singer Zak Morgan on September 9, from 4:00-6;00pm on the lawn of Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Avenue, Hyde Park.

The second annual “Knox Rocks” concert will also feature a variety of lawn games, food and other family-friendly activities, including plenty of sing-along and dance-along time.

Morgan’s CD “When Bullfrogs Croak” was nominated for a Grammy, a rare feat for an independent artist. When he is not writing and recording, Zak performs family concerts throughout the country. His live performances are always filled with laughter and warmth as he encourages children to read, imagine and believe in themselves.  Morgan has released three critically acclaimed records and one DVD, with lyrics often that are both gently humorous and meaningful—and often compared with Shel Silverstein.

Morgan currently resides in Cincinnati, OH and is working on his fourth record.

“Knox Rocks” attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Free food and drinks will be provided, and indoor restrooms will be available.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors.

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About Knox Church:  Knox Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church, USA) is a growing, progressive church of approximately 1,100 members in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  The church is known throughout the region for its community outreach and activism, music program, and active, diverse congregation.  Worship services are Sundays at 9:00am and 11:00am.  Adam Fronczek is Pastor and Head of Staff.  www.knox.org

About the Zac Morgan: Zak Morgan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1970. His sense of humor and penchant for wordplay are gifts passed down from his grandfather, George “Bud” Rooney. Listening to his grandfather invent yarns, limericks, and even new words had a profound effect on him. Now, as a successful entertainer, Morgan has been compared to Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss because of his wit and child-friendly sophistication. Morgan began writing songs in high school. By 1991 he had released two singles that were played on over two hundred radio stations.  Morgan’s second CD, When Bullfrogs Croak,  was nominated for a Grammy, a rare feat for an independent release. www.zakmorgan.com

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Knox Church Hosts JAZZ ON MICHIGAN on June 15

knox-church-logo(May 22, 2017) – Knox Presbyterian Church will host its annual JAZZ ON MICHIGAN summer concert at 7:00pm, Thursday, June 15 on the Knox lawn,
corner of Michigan and Observatory avenues, Hyde Park.

The annual event, which Knox describes as a gift to the Hyde Park community,
presents premier local jazz talent in a comfortable, outdoor setting. This year’s
concert will feature the Kevin McClelland Quartet, including McClelland (bass),
Ben Bratton (drums), Dan Karlsberg (piano) and Josh Kline (saxophone).

All four members of the quartet are graduates of the College Conservatory of
Music or the Northern Kentucky University jazz programs.

Admission to Jazz on Michigan is free, and refreshments will be provided. Guests
should bring lawn chairs, blankets or other seating. In the event of rain, the
concert will be moved indoors to the Knox Commons.

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About Knox Church: Knox Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church, USA) is a growing, progressive church of approximately 1,200 members in Cincinnati’s
Hyde Park neighborhood. The church is known throughout the region for its
community outreach and activism, music program, and active, diverse
congregation. Worship services are Sundays at 9:15am and 11:00am. Adam
Fronczek is Pastor and Head of Staff.

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CHRISTMAS MINIATURES Presented by Knox Music Series on Dec. 18

knox-church-logoThe Knox Music Series presents “Christmas Miniatures,” a holiday concert of sacred music featuring the 50-voice Knox Choir, Knox Soloists and Orchestra at 4:00pm on Sunday, December 18, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Avenue, in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

The free concert includes Christmas miniature masterworks of J. S. Bach, MarcAntoine Charpentier, Gerald Finzi, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The 90-minute program is framed by two Bach works, opening with three festive movements from his Christmas Oratorio and closing with the three-movement Cantata No. 191 for Christmas Day, Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Also included in the concert are two works by British composers, the In terra pax of Gerald Finzi, and the Fantasy on Christmas Carols of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The final work is a sampling of excerpts from the Christmas Midnight Mass of French Baroque composer Charpentier.

As each of the five featured works is less than 15 minutes long, the entire program offers a 90-minute sampler of the best of the German and French Baroque (Bach and Charpentier) contrasted with the lyric works of the Romantic-Early twentieth century British composers (Finzi and Vaughan Williams).

Notes about the five Christmas miniature masterworks:

  • J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) complete Christmas Oratorio was originally presented in Leipzig, Germany over six days of the 1733-34 ChristmasEpiphany season. The Knox Choir gave the Cincinnati premiere of the complete Oratorio in 1985, the 300th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach.
  • British composer Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) set his In terra pax in 1954 for strings, soprano and baritone soloists, and choir on two verses of an English poem Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913 by Robert Bridges. The verses frame St. Luke’s account of the angels’ appearance to the shepherds.
  • British composer Ralph Vaughan William’s (1872-1958) set his Fantasy on Christmas Carols in 1912 for baritone, choir, and orchestra on a series of folk carols collected in Southern England, interspersed with familiar carols.
  • French Baroque composer Marc Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704) set his Christmas Midnight Mass (Messe de Minuit pour Noël) c. 1690 for soloists, choir, and orchestra entirely on eleven well-known folk-like French noëls (carols) most of which are based on dance rhythms.
  • J.S. Bach “borrowed” and reworked three spirited movements from the Gloria section of his own Mass in B Minor to create Cantata 191 Gloria in excelsis for a Christmas morning Leipzig worship service, likely in 1743.

About Knox Church: Knox Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church, USA) is a growing, progressive church of approximately 1,100 members in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The church is known throughout the region for its community outreach and activism, music program, and active, diverse congregation. Worship services are Sundays at 9:15am and 11:00am. Adam Fronczek is Pastor and Head of Staff.

About the Knox Music Series: The Knox Music Series is an outreach program of Knox Presbyterian Church and is recognized for its outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Magazine has cited the Knox Church music program as the “Best Church Music” in Cincinnati.

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Knox Church Sponsors Free Concert for Children Featuring Zac Morgan

Knox Church sponsors free concert for children
featuring well-known recording artist Zac Morgan

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Zac Morgan.

The first annual “Knox Rocks”, a free concert for children, is set for Saturday, September 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the front lawn of Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Avenue, in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Featured artist at the event is the well-known, Cincinnati-based children’s recording artist Zac Morgan.  The Cincinnati Enquirer says of Morgan, “The beauty of Morgan’s style is that adults are entertained as well, chuckling along to Morgan’s inventive vocabulary. The hokey pokey, or Barney, this is not. It owes more to the storytelling of Shel Silverstein, or Roald Dahl, Morgan’s two main influences.”

In addition to Morgan’s performance, Knox Rocks also will feature free food, games, and other activities for children through grade four.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the Knox Commons.

For more information about Zac Morgan, please see www.zacmorgan.com.

For more information about Knox Rocks, please contact Glenn Williams, Knox Director of Communications, at gwilliams@knox.org or 513.321.2573.

ABOUT KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Knox Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church USA) is a growing, progressive church of more than 1,000 members in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  The church is known throughout the region for its community outreach, music program, and vibrant, diverse congregation.  Adam Fronczek is Pastor and Head of Staff, and Jana Reister is Associate Pastor.

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Knox Music Series Presents Handel’s MESSIAH on Dec. 19

Knox Music Series
presents Handel’s MESSIAH
December 19

knox_logoCincinnati’s only presentation of the full oratorio this season features 50-voice choir, chamber orchestra, soloists G.F. Handel’s Messiah will be presented by the Knox Music Series of Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, Michigan & Observatory Avenues in Hyde Park.

This will be the Cincinnati area’s only presentation of the complete Messiah oratorio this holiday season.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Visitwww.knox.org or call 513-321-2573 for additional information.

Earl Rivers, Director of Music, conducts the 50-voice Knox Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Knox Soloists Erin Keesy and Jackie Stevens, sopranos, Theresa Merrill and Debra VanEngen, mezzo-sopranos, T.J. Capobianco and John Humphrey, tenors, and Thom Dreeze and Michael Young, baritones.
Messiah, an oratorio in three parts, is a representation of the fulfillment of redemption through the redeemer, Messiah. Messiah celebrates of the totality of Christ’s work with the anticipation in the prophecies of the Old Testament, continuing through Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, death, and resurrection, and culminating in the promise of bodily resurrection and redemption. Premiered in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has become the most popular oratorio in the world.

Greet friends during the Messiah “Intermission and Refreshments” in the Knox Commons

About the Knox Music Series
The Knox Music Series is an outreach program of Knox Presbyterian Church and is recognized for its outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Magazine has cited the Knox Music Program as the “Best Church Music” in Cincinnati.

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