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Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concerts Featuring the Newark Boys Chorus

Newark Boys Chorus performs with the Triad Arts Ensemble

The Triad Arts Ensemble will present the 2014 “Canticles for Life” AIDS Benefit Concerts on Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 250 Bebout Ave, Stirling and Sunday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton, 513 Birch St, Boonton.   

Canticles Chairperson Ginny Johnston, of Maplewood, will be conducting the Triad Vocal Ensemble, a 27-voice mixed adult choir, which will feature a mix of repertoire including works by Eric Whitacre, Irving Berlin, and New Jersey’s own Mark Miller.

The concerts will also feature singer-songwriter David Rimelis, accompanied by Matt King on piano.  Proficient on the guitar, fiddle and various other instruments, Dave will feature a variety of styles including jazz, folk, Cajun and more!  Since 1989, Dave has shared his musical skills as director of education with the families served by the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, one of the concert beneficiaries.

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And back again, the award-winning Newark Boys Chorus, with their diverse repertoire of African folk songs, classical pieces, spirituals, show tunes, pop and jazz.  Additionally, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display and a reception will follow each performance.  A new Memorial Panel will also be dedicated during a time of prayer and reflection.

The Canticles concerts will benefit the following New Jersey charities that are concerned with the quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS and the remembrance of lives lost:  New Jersey AIDS Services based in Morristown, the NAMES Project of Northern NJ, which supports the AIDS Memorial Quilt; and the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, $25 for a contributor ticket and $60 for a Program Sponsor (which includes 2 tickets), and are available online at or at the door at each concert.

The “Canticles for Life” AIDS Benefit Concerts began in the spring of 1997 and have been held almost annually since then.  Over $107,000 has been raised for the New Jersey AIDS charities, and the concerts have featured over two dozen pieces by New Jersey composers.

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