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MelodyMastersBB 2019 FacebookEvent 600pxAdd sparkle, warmth, and coziness to your life with the “Time for Lovin’” concert by the Melody Masters Big Band on September 26 at 7 pm, in the Sanctuary. Classic selections that reflect themes of love, travel, and nature including the night, moonlight, and stars will be performed. Music director Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes will illustrate how musicians naturally foster strong relationships as they listen and respond to each other. A suggested $10 free-will offering will support Asbury First outreach ministries. A reception will follow the two-set concert.

The Melody Masters Big Band brings it on home with heart through fresh arrangements of classic big band standards. This 17-piece band honors the legends of Basie, Dorsey, Ellington, Miller, Sinatra, and many others with performances for schools, music festivals, community events, benefits, and business and social occasions throughout the greater Rochester, NY region.  Key concerts in the 2019 season included the Jazz90.1 on-air radio broadcast, the Honor Flight Welcome Home for area veterans at the Rochester Airport, and “Lovin’ Education”, the band’s benefit concert. Concert proceeds were used to support music instruction for needy Rochester City School children.

Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes creates a bond with audiences through inspiring repertoire and meaningful commentary. While leading the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Music Department she directed the University Jazz Ensemble, and while chair of the Eastman School of Music New Horizons Program she directed the New Horizons Big Band in the Rochester International Jazz Festival with performances in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Through Insightful Music Leadership, Parkes supports the professional music community through guest conducting, consulting, and in-service workshops. She gives presentations on leadership, engagement, musicianship, and performance anxiety for national, state, and regional professional music associations and for small to medium-size businesses.

Just as the Christian faith is about bringing life to the world, Asbury First is about bringing life to this community. We believe the way to the fullness of life promised by Jesus Christ is through love. Through love we find life. In a love-filled life, we are led to serve others. Through service to others, we find love fully expressed. This cycle is the heart of discipleship and as such, we believe it is the key to living into God’s dream for this community. Our mission at Asbury First is to love God and neighbor, to live fully, to serve all, and then to do it all again. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). Asbury First is a warm, open faith community of 2,300 people in the city of Rochester, NY that extends hospitality and encourages full participation for all, regardless of age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status or family structure, education or economic background and physical or mental ability. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. 

For more information, please contact the church office at (585) 272-1050.