A “Sonic” “Grace”

Ever wondered what “Amazing Grace” sounds like uptempo—with steel drums and strings mixed together?

Over 100 people found out at St. Luke’s Church on Whalley Avenue Monday. They saw the church’s renowned Steel Band mix it up with the string quarter from the Music Haven program located in a storefront steps away from St. Luke’s. (Music Haven, a not-for-profit, gives free after-school lessons to 60 kids.)

You can check out what “Grace” sounded like to—by clicking on the above play arrow. You can check out other visuals from the event—a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration featuring a talk by the NAACP’s Scot X. Esdaile—thanks to the photos below sent in by Music Haven’s Kathleen Cei. And click here to read what The New York Times had to say about the “sonic” St. Luke’s steel-Music Haven strings “combination.”

Kathleen Cei Photos

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posted by: jay on January 18, 2012  10:24am

I attended this terrific concert and found the mellow sounds of the steel drums set against the sharp sounds of the strings to be quite delightful!  Music Haven’s committment to the youth of our inner city was there for all to see.  SXE’s comments were right on!  In the sixties and seventies he was worried about racist outsiders killing young blacks, but now they are killing each other.

posted by: Vivian Latham-Mabry on January 18, 2012  2:21pm

The young man playing the six bass, just happens to be my son. Charles Mabry and he just 10 years old, and I can’t tell how very proud of him the whole family is ... Job well done.. The day was very uplifting and inspiring Thank you for printing this story…

posted by: Marc on January 19, 2012  2:25pm

What a great collaboration!  It was through the vision of St Luke’s Steel Band’s Deborah Teason that Music Haven established its home next door. Thank you for showing our community coming together in this inspiring way.