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Southeast Symphony Association at Faithful Central Bible Church photo by Ashley Nash
On Sunday, October 28, the Southeast Symphony Association Incorporated (SESA) warmed the crowd with "New World" selections and iconic tributes.
In celebration of their 65th season, SESA recognized a few of the many musical legends that we've lost in the year past. With free admission and exquisite talent, the orchestra welcomed church members, locals and newcomers to a night of nostalgia at Faithful Central Bible Church. At approximately 3:30 p.m. musical director and conductor, Anthony Parnther graced the stage and initiated esteemed composer, Antonin Dvorak's the "New World" Symphony. As the notes depicted Dvorak's "travels to America," Parnther transferred the ensemble from the classical sentimentalities to the anticipated jazz an R&B tributes.
Selected to deliver the ballads made famous by Camila Williams, Donna Summers, Eta James, and Whitney Houston were vocalists Yolanda West of the Southern California Opera Guild, the dynamic Lettrice Cathey-Lawrence, and gifted Jacquelyn Owens. By way of chart toppers, throughout many genres, such as "Summertime," "On the Radio," "At Last," "I Have Nothing" and more, members of the crowd were moved to tears and glorification. Also embraced by members of the orchestra, musicians demonstrated sincere passion and diverse musical knowledge.
In acknowledgement of the upcoming Halloween festivities, the ensemble closed with Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Following, the musicians and crowd were thanked by President and CEO of SESA, Dr. Sheryl Harris. Attributing much of their success to the SESA Conservatory of Music, Mistress of Ceremony Dr. Harris encouraged visitors to consider enrolling their family and friends at the school where it all began. With approaching events such as sing-alongs and youth concerts, SESA anticipates a long and successful membership with Faithful Central Bible Church. Producing an orchestra with musicians reflecting our background, SESA has truly enriched the idea that "Music is the Language of the Soul." For more information, visit www.southeastsymphony.org.