Philly is traveling to St. Louis to provide some culture. The World Series is not the only event happening in the town of Ryken’s Cardinals. Friday night, October 25, The Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary will present “Heaven in a Nightclub,” an exploration of the Gospel that traces the spiritual roots of jazz music. The 90-minute concert will be led by accomplished jazz pianist Dr. William Edgar, whose day job is professor of apologetics at Westminster Seminary. He will demonstrate via music and narrative how African-Americans were nurtured on the Gospel through secular and spiritual musical styles such as ragtime, blues, spirituals, and funeral bands. Dr. Edgar is bringing along bassist Randy Pendleton and vocalist/composer Ruth Naomi Floyd.
Speaking of Ruth, she is not only vocalist and composer, but photography artist, as well. In fact, she has an exhibition of her “Veil Series: a Selection,” series showing now Art Sanctuary, 628 South 16th St. (corner of 16th and Bainbridge Streets). The closing reception is November 9.
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