Historic GermantownPhiladelphia, PA, United States

Music Alive: Rhenda Fearrington, Gloria Galante, Jim Dragoni

By Historic Germantown (other events)

Saturday, September 14 2024 4:00 PM 6:00 PM EDT

September 14, Rhenda Fearrington, Gloria Galante, Jim Dragoni

Songs and stories from the road by vocalist Rhenda Fearrington, Harpist Gloria Galante and Guitarist Jim Dragoni.  Stories and performances from the combined experiences playing with Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Mose Allison, and other icons.

The performance will take place in the Historic Germantown courtyard, located at 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19144.  Show will begin at 4PM. Bring Your Own Picnic.

Rhenda Fearrington
Originally from New York, Rhenda Fearrington always delivers an authentic and warm presentation of Jazz Standards mixed with Soulful originals. She is “true” to her roots which includes performing on the International stage as a back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME, respectively! When Rhenda sings, it’s quite evident there’s a story being told…and it begins and ends with Joy!

She has also spent years as a Commercial/Jingle Singer; 15 years performing for schools with her “Feel Sooo Good Tour;” a motivational program that focuses on building the self-esteem of children!

Rhenda Co-produced her first solo CD, “This Moment’s Sweetness,” in 2012, with prolific Philadelphia Jazz Bassist, Mike Boone, featuring Tenor Saxophone Legend, Larry McKenna.

Rhenda is also a writer who had a published column, “The ABC of it,” in the Suburban & Wayne Times, for 6 years as well as writing Children’s Book Reviews for Kids Can Press, LTD (Canada). Rhenda writes independent blogs/reviews about the Philadelphia Jazz scene, and is currently pursuing having her children’s books published, in 2014.The series of books tell the story of growing up in New York, with her grandmother, Louise Sanford!

Gloria Galante
Gloria Galante , CMP, MM, BS, studied the harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s premiere female harpist, Edna Phillips, winning the matinee musical award at age 18. Gloria has toured internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, member of ensembles and orchestras.

Gloria Galante is the professor and founder of the WCU harp program since 1987. She is also a composer of works, transcriptions and therapeutic pieces for the harp. She is currently fundraising for the Gloria Galante Harp scholarship to give many the opportunity given to her.

Ms. Galante is the director of the Wells School of music Harp ensemble, Community Harp Ensemble and Philly Harp Jazz ensemble, WCU annual Harp Festival and GMG Harp Forum, Musicopia ensemble leader, and teaching artist on the prestigious Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

Gloria has 30 recordings and produced 2 therapeutic harp CDS raising donations for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

She is a CMP certified music practitioner and an advisor of the MHTP (Music
for Healing and Transition Program). Currently Ms. Galante has a music ministry as she mentors students on each level and age from 5 years to 92 years, as well as plays in hospitals and hospices.

She is making history as the first CMP- certified music practitioner to play for IVF patients to reduce anxiety during transfers at Toll Center Abington Hospital. She participated as a CMP and part of an IVF team of Doctors, nurses, embryologists in a 2 year powered study completed by Dr. Barmat. Currently, Ms. Galante is available to provide therapeutic music for transfers at this location.

Currently, Ms. Gloria Galante is performing in the Warren Oree Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra. She is the principal harpist in the Divine hand Ensemble, a nine piece chamber ensemble featuring the concert theremin as an operatic voice.
The documentary 21st century Classical music premieres this year on PBS. The group , Theremin, 2 Concert harps, string quartet, glockenspiel, and Accordian has concertized in the USA.

Jim Dragoni
Jim Dragoni is a composer, guitarist and teacher.   His performance areas include blues,  jazz and his own fiery original brand of hyrbidized cross genre art-music.  His music has received airplay in Europe as well as in the United States. He has been recognized for years on the East Coast as an artist, teacher and performer.

Past performances include:
Lincoln Center,  Mellon Jazz Festival,  Cape May Jazz Festival, Odette's, Havana, Academy of Music, Painted Bride Art Center,  The Art Alliance,  River Blues Festival, West Chester University, WHYY.FM, WRTI.FM, Widener University, name a few.

"Exciting was a gas!" Jenneth Webster, Program Director, Lincoln Center;  reference to performance on 8-20-93  

"...his playing is simply brilliant..." Dr. Herb Wong, international jazz critic and record company executive  

"One of Philly's finest"....Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it swings, sometimes it is pure sweet poetry" Steve Lopez of the Philadelphia Inquirer  
"Jim's ensemble playing and original compositions are superb..." Gerry Givnish, the Painted Bride Arts Center  

"Music flows from Dragoni's instrument as smoothly as maple syrup...his compositional skills far surpass many of his peers" Ed Wismer, Cape May Star and Wave
"...soulful rhythm with strong guitar riffs and an intense solo from Jim Dragoni" Steve Randazzo, Germantown Courier, reference to recording "Worlds" on Gazelle Records  

"Check out his technique, the effortless speed...has thoroughly mastered his would seem there's not much more for him learn about his craft" Jack Lloyd, in feature article, the Philadelphia Inquirer.