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July 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
We are pleased to welcome New York City based pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski in worship with us Sunday, July 15, at the 10 a.m. service. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Deanna has been heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (AllMusic). Deanna’s 2017 trio recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, features twelve of her congregational jazz hymn arrangements along with a corresponding sheet music songbook. Her earlier releases include Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, a solo piano session that seamlessly combines jazz, classical, and Brazilian music; three jazz quartet recordings; and the liturgical jazz release, From This Place, with new hymn and psalm settings and a jazz Mass with four vocalists.
Deanna’s accolades include winning the 2017 Annual Hymn Search of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada (for her congregational song, “We Belong to God”); the ChoralArt New England Carol Contest (for her a cappella choral setting of the G.K. Chesterton poem, “A Christmas Carol”); and the Colorado Chorale commissioning contest. Her SATB song, “We Walk in Love,” is published in the new Justice Choir songbook. As a newly named Sacatar Institute Fellow, Witkowski just returned from a two-month artist residency in Bahia, Brazil where she conducted research related to her new Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Deanna’s recordings and sheet music will be available for purchase in the narthex following the service as well as at her website. View her promotional video and get a sneak peek of next Sunday’s musical experience.