Garrett Jackson kicks off young artist series

Tickets are $25 (in advance and at the door.) Three concerts are planned for the series, which kicks off on June 26 at 4p.m., Garrett Jackson (June), Tierra Whetstone (July), Tres Divas (August)

The Congregational Church of Park Manor UCC is located at 7000 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago; (773) 224-4700.

Jackson performed the song, Oh, Didn't it Rain, arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh, on ABC7 News at 11 a.m.

(RELEASE)The Congregational Church of Park Manor UCC Presents
Baritone Soloist Garrett Jackson in Young Artist Concert Series

Chicago, IL (June 14, 2011) - The Congregational Church of Park Manor UCC will present soloist Garrett Jackson in concert on Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary located at 7000 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, in Chicago. Rev. Michelle Hughes is Interim Pastor. The concert is open to the public. Donations are $25 and may be received in advance and at the door.

Park Manor has a 60-year history on the south side of Chicago and its active congregation participates in various community events to uplift its neighbors and members. Within the arts, one of the areas that Park Manor focuses on is music presentation. Annually, its music programs strive to present some of the best emerging and professional talent for the appreciation and enjoyment of all who desire to join them.

The presentation of accomplished classical baritone singer Garrett Jackson is a part of the church's newest music initiative titled the Young Artist Concert Series. Programmed and presented by the Park Manor Music Committee, the Young Artist Concert Series hosts three concerts a year allowing young talent the opportunity to perform before an appreciative audience while continuing to grow as professional performers.

Jackson is a native of Mitchellville, Md. and a 2006 cum laude graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. He is a classically trained soloist who had the distinct privilege of touring with the Morgan State University Choir - one of the most critically acclaimed college choirs in the nation - both nationally and internationally during his matriculation as a vocal music major. While at Morgan, Jackson performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in its production of Margaret Garner and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

He relocated to Chicago in 2008 to lead GIA Publication's marketing efforts in African American church music. Jackson has served as a lead chorister and section leader in the St. Faith Hope and Charity Catholic Church and has been a frequent guest chorister at Northfield United Church of Christ and St. Peter's Church in the Loop. He has also performed with the Chicago Choral Artists and the Chicago Community Chorus. In the fall, Jackson will return to the east coast to pursue a master's degree in public policy from George Washington University. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Jackson will present a program of the compositions and arrangements of Henry Thacker Burleigh and will be accompanied on piano by Arthur Griffin. Kimberly Green will serve as the narrator of the life of Burleigh who was an accomplished African American baritone, composer, arranger, and professional singer. Born in 1866, Burleigh was the first African American composer to arrange Negro Spirituals for the solo concert stage. He graduated from the prestigious National Conservatory of Music in New York City. Burleigh died in 1946.

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