Emmy Award-winning jazz composer and pianist Wilson Somers will lead his jazz trio and guests in celebration of a “Jazz Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Tatnall School’s Laird Performing Arts Center. This festive and uplifting seasonal event is presented by Mass for the Homeless, Inc. as part of its Music with a Mission series with net proceeds to benefit Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, a nonprofit that prevents and ends homelessness for families by engaging faith-based congregations, volunteers and donors.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature traditional and contemporary treatments of holiday favorites by the Wilson Somers trio, featuring Somers on piano, Pete Paulson on contrabass and Glenn Ferricone on percussion. They will joined by guests Ed Kirkpatrick (tenor saxophone) and Wes Morton (vibes). The evening will include performances from The Tatnall Singers, along with a special featured appearance by Ms. Annie Fitch, who formerly appeared as Mrs. Claus in the annual Radio City Music Hall Holiday show in New York.
Delaware native Wilson Gault Somers has enjoyed a celebrated career as a performer, conductor and composer in a diverse range of music forms and idioms. Beginning with his work “Mass for the Homeless,” composed for orchestra and chorus, Somers has dedicated himself to illuminating and benefiting organizations that provide solutions to significant community issues. His efforts with Mass for the Homeless, Inc., and its Music with a Mission events have raised thousands of dollars for causes as diverse as aid to the homeless and recognition and healing for the heroes of 9/11 and their families.
Family Promise of Northern New Castle County is a network of over 35 congregations engaging over 1,000 volunteers. Its programs include Shelter Diversion to help homeless families secure housing without entering the shelter system, and Rapid Rehousing for families already in community shelter programs. Its core effort remains its Interfaith Hospitality Network where guest families receive food, lodging and the resources for lasting independence.
Tickets for “Jazz Christmas” are on sale now. Preferred seating tickets are $20; general admission tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. For more on Somers, see this article from our archives.