Tiffany Concert Series benefits church, community


Photo courtesy of Allegheny Historic Preservation Society
The Afro-American Institute Boys’ Choir, pictured above, will be performing for the Tiffany Concert Series later this month. 

By Alyse Horn

Presented by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, The Tiffany Concert Series at Calvary United Methodist Church will continue into its 22nd season with Fascinating Sounds at 4 p.m. on March 23.

Fascinating Sounds will be a performance by the Afro-American Institute Boys’ Choir.

President of AHPS Sandra Pack said the AAMI Boys’ Choir has traveled throughout the country and won various awards for their performances. In June 2011, the Boys’ Choir won first place at the National Boys’ Choir Convention in Louisville, Ky.

The AAMI Boys’ Choir performs a variety of musical genres, such as black art music blues, gospel, pop, spiritual and jazz.

“[They are] a wonderful group of aspiring boys who are developing their talent and the community is receiving it in a wonderful way,” Pack said.

The concert series will end with its last performance at 4 p.m. on April 27 with “Harpercussion,” which is a Fusion of the Royal Sounds of Harp and Percussion by C2 Duet Claire Jones and Chris Marshall.

Jones, who is also married to Marshall, was the official Harpist to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales from 2007 to 2011 and performed at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

Marshall is a percussionist and composer who has travelled extensively performing in popular shows and in concerts with leading orchestras and world music groups globally.

Pack said this show is going to be particularly popular, as Jones performed for The Tiffany Concert Series last year to a full house of about 300 people.

The performances, which are held at Calvary United Methodist Church, are titled The Tiffany Concert Series because of the Tiffany windows that surround the auditorium.

Pack said that AHPS, a nondenominational and nonprofit organization, was created in 1988 to save some of Pittsburgh’s most notable religious architecture. Calvary Church was chosen as the first project because of the globally recognized artistic value of the Tiffany windows. The windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the windows at Calvary Church are some of the largest and most intricate he produced.

The Tiffany Concert Series is one of a number of projects sponsored by the AHPS to raise funds for the restoration of the 118-year-old historic landmark Calvary United Methodist Church.

Tickets for the events will be sold at the door, but Pack advises purchasing tickets ahead of time. Call 412-323-1070 for more information or click here.

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