Benefit Christmas Concert

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Sunday, December 14, 5 p.m.

Bright Box Theater, Wincheser, VA

A concert of holiday favorites featuring some of the most talented musicians from the nation’s capital, and showcasing a new rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic jazz version of the “Nutcracker Suite”.

Jazz trumpet artist Craig Fraedrich leads a 10-piece ensemble, featuring some of the finest instrumentalists in the nation’s capital plus special guest vocalist Christal Rheams, in a concert of holiday favorites highlighted by a new rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic jazz version of the “Nutcracker Suite”

In 1962, Duke Ellington and partner Billy Strayhorn created a pure jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved classic. With renamed titles like “Toot Toot Tootie Toot” (Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Reed Pipes”), “Sugar Rum Cherry” (“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”), and “Arabesque Cookie” (“Arabian Dance”), this performance will be a treat for both jazz and Nutcracker enthusiasts.

Tickets only $15 in advance. Proceeds from the concert and silent auction will benefit 25:40′s after school care program, which provides academic, physical, emotional and spiritual support to orphans and vulnerable children in rural South Africa. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Past Events

Thank you to Sara Nguyen and to the 25 mothers and daughters who packed the fellowship hall at Abiding Presence in Burke, VA to praise the Lord through hip hop and give to the least of these. Power Packed Praise is a Christian ministry aimed at energizing and equipping girls to give thanks and praise to God with their whole heart, mind, and soul by exercising their bodies. Sara gave a free workshop on May 10  in honor of Mother’s Day. Mothers and daughters learned dance moves and sign language to the music of contemporary Christian hip hop, all to benefit 25:40 and Gogo Grandmothers, which supports orphans by supporting the grandmothers who care for them in rural Malawi.

Sara shares Bible verses with mothers and daughters.

Sara shares Bible verses with mothers and daughters.

The participants learned about the children’s life in Canzibe and how 25:40′s preschool and after school care program helps keep them safe from the devastating effects of poverty and violence. And we learned that children’s lives are similar in Malawi and how Gogo Grandmothers has a similar preschool program in Malawi, providing basic, but much needed services to orphans being raised by their grandmothers.

Thank you to all the participants who helped 25:40 and Gogo Grandmothers raise $650 each!

Sara is holding a Power Packed Praise summer workshop for girls Aug. 4, 6 &8. Register now.

To see a video clip of the fun, click here.

TEAM 25:40
Help become part of the solution by running for 25:40. Whether you are a novice or an elite athlete, you can elevate your experience above just a race -- you can race to give an at-risk child in rural South Africa a #FightingChance to rise above poverty, disease and violence.
The Sub-Saharan AIDS epidemic has a devastating effect on millions of families. Consider that 5.5 million adults and children live with HIV/AIDS in South Africa alone. Discover the hard facts about poverty, disease and violence, and help become a part of the solution.
25:40’s current focus is on children living in rural areas of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. We have selected this area as our place of initial focus due to its extreme poverty, lack of resources and lack of attention from the outside world.