Kelley & Clark in Concert • Boston Preview Event

OSTON — Friday, September 29, 2017 • 7:00 p. m.  • Richard Kelley, trumpet, and composer/organist Richard J. Clark team up again at St. Cecilia Church, Boston in a concert of American composers Clark, Hovhaness, Pinkham, and Sowerby. This concert offers Boston audiences a preview of their upcoming performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on All Souls Day (11.2.2017 @7pm). St. Cecilia Church is an extraordinary sacred space with its opulent acoustics and the Smith & Gilbert Organ (IV/53 3,023 pipes.)

Richard Kelley, trumpet, has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Boston Pops. He has performed with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Steven Tyler, and James Taylor. He can be heard on a variety of recordings including the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to Disney’s Pocahontas and Stephen Paulus’ Grammy-nominated Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band.

“The career of trumpeter Richard Kelley is not only a testament to the versatility of his instrument, but also to the ability of one individual to excel across the broadest possible range of music.” — Brian McCreath, WCRB

Composer and organist Richard J. Clark’s eclectic appearances range from the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Boston Philharmonic to Jive Records (Sony BMG), Fenway Park, and the New York Songwriter Circle at the historic Bitter End in Greenwich Village. Clark’s compositions have been heard worldwide including performances under the baton of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, The American Boychoir, EWTN, SiriusXM, and the Russian premiere of Ascent to Freedom by organist Mark Husey. He is the Director of Music & Organist at St. Cecilia Parish, Boston, and St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.

These concerts will feature two works composed specifically for Richard Kelley: Pinkham’s Scenes and Clark’s Requiem pour une américaine à Paris. Recorded by Kelley and Clark, Requiem has been featured on SiriusXM’s Sounds from the Spires, various radio programs around the US, and will be performed at Saint-Eustache in Paris in 2018.

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When: Friday, September 29, 2017 • 7:00PM

Where: St. Cecilia Church, 18 Belvidere St., BOSTON, Massachusetts 02115
Admission: FREE
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All Souls | Requiem for Trumpet and Organ

equiem pour une américaine à Paris is a seven-movement work composed for trumpet and organ, it is reminiscent of an early Twentieth Century French Romantic style. Although quite faithful to many of the Gregorian Chants, this is not a liturgical work, but a concert work. It would be difficult to match the music to the liturgical action. However, I hope this may be a helpful and hopeful meditation on God’s merciful love, and our hopeful expectation of eternal life in the words of Credo quod Redemptor: “I believe that my Redeemer lives, and that on the last day, I shall rise from earth and in my flesh I shall behold God my Savior.”

The CD is available for purchase ($9.99) and for download ($6.93)
Score available at RJC Cecilia Music

YouTube:  I. Introit | Requiem aeternam”
YouTube:  II. Gradual | Requiem aeternam
YouTube:  III. Dies Irae
YouTube:  IV. Jubilis!
YouTube:  V. Offertory | Domine Jesu Christe”
YouTube:  VI. Communion | Lux aeterna
YouTube:  VII. Last Farewell

HIS WORK WAS COMPOSED for Richard Kelley, trumpet. Certainly, the trumpet is rarely, if ever associated with Gregorian Chant. However, Mr. Kelley possesses unusually extraordinary grace, dignity, and humility, all which sing beautifully through his playing. (Listen especially to IV. Lux Aeterna and the quote of “In Paradisum” in the VII. Last Farewell.)

The one movement, which is a departure from the Requiem mass, is the “IV. Jubilis!” It briefly quotes the Tract (which of course comes before the Sequence in the mass–the order is reversed in this concert piece.) It is also loosely based on the Post-Vatican II addition of the “Alleluia” The “Jubilis!” theme returns at the end of the final movement, in hopeful expectation of eternal life in heaven.

ICHARD KELLEY, TRUMPET was a soloist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops 1984 and 1985 at the age of 16 and 17. He studied at the Juilliard School in NYC, he is a former member of Boston Brass Quintet and a current member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. His credits include Broadway shows in NYC, TV ads, and film soundtracks. He has performed with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Glenn Close, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Aniston, and Vanessa Williams. Conductor of the New England Swing in Nashua New Hampshire, he now plays frequently with the Boston Pops.

• CD Cover Photography by Rev. James Martin, SJ | Window from St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College
• Recording Engineer: Evan Landry
• Mastering: Paul Umbach
• Richard Clark played the 1999 Smith & Gilbert Organ Recorded at St. Cecilia Church, Boston

Requiem pour une américaine à Paris has been featured on “Sounds from the Spires” on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel.

Richard Kelley and I had the opportunity to speak with the program’s host, Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

• PODCAST • Listen here to the program broadcast on 10.6.2013: