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FOX CHAPEL AREA HIGH SCHOOL MAJOR WORKS CONCERT – “MASS OF HOPE”

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The Fox Chapel Area High School Concert Choir will present a full performance of Joe Negri's “Mass of Hope.” Negri's “Mass of Hope” takes the tradition of a mass and puts it into a jazz style, featuring vocal scat solos and solo guitar, as well as the use of percussion ñ all with a more upbeat feel.

The concert will also include performances by the Fox Chapel Area High School Madrigal Singers, Women's Choir, and Vulpes Cantantes. Additionally, a local guest jazz combo will be accompanying the Concert Choir.

Negri is one of the most recognized names in Pittsburgh music circles, and is, quite possibly, one of the finest award-winning jazz guitarists in the country. He gained nationwide television exposure for his role as Handyman Negri on PBS' “Mr. Rogers'

Neighborhood.”

Negri began writing the “Mass of Hope” in the early 1970s. It wasn't finished until the late 1990s and, since then, it has received critical and artistic acclaim. “It is my strong desire that the 'Mass of Hope' brings hope to the people that hear it,” Negri said. “The world is desperately in need of hope, and I feel that music, and particularly choral music and jazz, are capable of bringing this.”

Since the theme of the concert is hope, peace, and unity, the choirs have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Fox Chapel Area School District telethon charity, Live Like Lou. Live Like Lou, a fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a local

organization focused on raising funds related to scientific research targeted at finding a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease), and raising funds to support ALS patients and their families. The charity was started by Fox Chapel Area parents Neil Alexander and his wife Suzanne in 2012. Unfortunately, Neil passed away in 2015, but his wife continues the work of this important charity in his honor.

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