Eastminster is an Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Canada located on Toronto’s vibrant Danforth. This is a place where we nurture the soul, give thanks, celebrate life, care for creation, and love and serve others by uniting families and individuals in an accepting community of faith.
Eastminster welcomes George Randolph as guest speaker for Black History Month on February 5, 2012.
George Randolph has over 25 years of international dance performance and education experience in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. His expertise has been leveraged as an adjudicator for many dance festivals across Canada and he was recently appointed to Dance Ontario’s board of directors. In 2010, George was selected to appear on the Ontario Black History Society’s poster commemorating Black History Month.
Currently, George is President of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, which he founded in 1992 and through which he continues to nurture Canada’s performing arts talent. In early 2011, George co‐founded Show Choir Canada, which produces Canada’s only national show choir competition. Also in 2011, George was instrumental in establishing a recreational performing arts program for youth at the Stardust Academy in Amman, Jordan.
George first came to Canada in 1980 as a principal dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. He performed with the company for two years, touring four continents. There he worked with one of Canada’s most respected contemporary choreographers, Brian Macdonald.
From 1977 to 1980, George was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall and City Center. He had the privilege of being coached by Alvin Ailey on the ballet Hard Times Blues, which Ailey also choreographed. George also worked with choreographer Talley Beatty, a protégé of modern dance innovator Katherine Dunham.
Born and raised in Red Bank, NJ, the home of Count Basie, George received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, where he was a member of the Military Honor Society.
Virgo Music is proud to announce that we will be holding a CD release concert for our new CD, A Tapestry of Love. We have been honoured to have our song, A Tapestry of Love selected as the theme song for the 50th anniversary of the UCW which is being celebrated this year, 2012. We are releasing a CD that will include several versions of the song as well as a collection of 14 other tracks of liturgical and choral music, all of which can be found on our website.
The concert will be held the evening of February 18th at Faith United in Courtice (1778 Nash Rd) for those of you close enough to attend. The CD will also be available by mail order through our website.
During the day on February 18th, we will be hosting a choral workshop that will feature new works by several Canadian composers, including Jacqueline Sadler of Eastminster (Toronto) as well as our own music. Lucas Tensen (www.cello-chanting.com) will present a session on cello chanting meditation and Brian and I will be hosting a write-your-own-song workshop.
The cost for the day (including lunch, music and concert ticket) is $40. For the concert alone, tickets are $15. All concert tickets include a complimentary CD. You can register through our Contact page or by calling us at 905-447-7983. As our gift to the UCW we are offering the solo version of A Tapestry of Love to anyone who visits our website, www.virgomusic.ca. You will find the link on the home page to the song, which you can print as many times as you'd like. Please feel free to share it as widely as you like. Choral versions can be purchased through the Contact Us page for $1/copy if you download and print it yourself or $3/copy if we print and ship it to you.