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Duke Ellington / Sacred Music (2002)
 CD features Ducal rarities - A Song for Christmas and Three Black Kings [first movement] - plus selections from the Sacred Concert repertory including Heaven, The Shepherd, Freedom, and David Danced with vocal soloists, tap dancer, and eighty voice choir [combined MIT Concert Choir and the Choir of Men and Boys from All Saints Parish, Ashmont, in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood]. As recorded by WGBH at the Ellington Centennial concert at MIT in 1999.
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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 40th Christmas Concert
Aardvark gave its historic 40th Annual Christmas Concert featuring Music in the Spirit of the Season, a varied program featuring music from the band's four decades of holiday music-making. A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the historic night. Included in the concert were  jazz updates of favorite carols such as Silent Night, Mark Harvey's arrangements of Cristo Redentor and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (performed on the very first Christmas concert), plus two new Harvey originals Fanfare for 40and Children's Carol, as well as  Sugar Rum Cherry from the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite.  
  
In addition to our regular vocalists Grace Hughes and Jerry Edwards, Donna Hewitt-Didham, a long-time Aardvark soloist, made a special guest appearance on the 2012 program. As always, the concert benefits worthy organizations, and this season's beneficiaries were Community Works and the Emmanuel Church.
 
The concert was held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, MA. 
 
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