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The CenturyMen

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Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6 & 8 p.m.

The CenturyMen, established in 1969, is an auditioned men’s chorus of professional Christian musicians who are ministers of music, concert artists, college faculty members and one pastor across America and Germany. They assemble annually from across the United States and Germany for concert tours in different areas of the United States. Every five years The CenturyMen makes a tour abroad as a concert/ mission tour. Overseas tours have included the nations of England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

The CenturyMen has produced 12 recordings and has been featured on radio programs such as The Baptist Hour and Sounds of The CenturyMen. NBC Network Television has broadcast three CenturyMen Sounds of The CenturyMen, Sunday in Galilee and Walls and Bridges. They appeared as a performing artist in the 1999 Dove Awards telecast. Their Christmas CD, “Beautiful Star,” was awarded a Grammy 2000 nomination. The CenturyMen’s 2001 East Coast tour afforded them appearances at the United States Capitol’s “Constitution Hall” and on the CBS Early Show. Their 2002 concert tour included the internationally broadcasted Hour of Power telecast from The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California and the United States Air Force Academy.

The CenturyMen is unique in that each member is a qualified soloist and choral director. Each has at least one music degree and is or has been active in a Baptist church or institution. The CenturyMen is chartered as a non‐profit organization.

Buryl Red, Conductor and Music Director of The CenturyMen, is a noted composer, arranger and producer. His work, described by The Washington Post as “uncommonly creative,” has been heard in such widely diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, Saturday Night Live and thousands of churches, schools and theaters (including Broadway and Radio City Music Hall) around the world. His output includes more than 2,500 published compositions and arrangements, production of over 4,000 CD’s, author/editor of more than 50 college/school music textbooks, and the musical supervision, composition and/or arranging for several hundred shows, documentaries and musical specials, many of them award winning, for network and cable television. Several of his choral works including “Celebrate Life” (with lyrics by Ragan Courtney), “It’s Cool in the Furnace” (with lyrics by Grace Hawthorne) and the first performing edition of the “Pergolesi Magnificat” (with Virginia Red) are considered landmarks in their music genres. He has been the executive record producer, or consulting producer, for all of the most widely used school music textbooks in the United States including the recent “Making Music” series. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas and now based in New York City, Dr. Red is a graduate of Baylor University and Yale University. He has been honored with many civic and professional awards and honorary degrees. Among his most recent honors are the Tercentennial Medal from Yale University, the Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music Award from Baylor University, and the W. Hines Sims Award from the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. As evidence of his versatility and eclectic interests, Buryl Red enjoys the distinction of having been nominated for Grammy awards in both the popular division (arranging) and the classical division (classical crossover). Dr. Red has been Music Director of The CenturyMen from its inception.

Joseph Joubert, Associate Music Director and Accompanist of The CenturyMen, is known for his unique and outstanding musical versatility. Born in Harlem, he is the son of a Baptist minister from Louisiana. Mr. Joubert holds degrees in music from Manhattan School of music and is based in New York City. He has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, India and South Africa in classical, gospel and pop music concerts as a solo pianist and with major orchestras. He has collaborated as accompanist/arranger with diverse artists such as Kathleen Battle, George Benson, Angela Brown, Judy Collins, Jenifer Holliday, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, Ashford and Simpson, and The Broadway Inspirational Voices (conducted by Michael McElroy). Working with the artists Fantasia, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans, Mr. Joubert was pianist, associate conductor and arranger for the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” GIA Publications, Hinshaw Music, Hal Leonard Publishing Company, Shawnee Press and Silver Burdett Ginn are among the publishers of Mr. Joubert’s music. He was composer/arranger/producer for the school music series “Making Music.” He is the musical supervisor/arranger for the concert tours and PBS specials of “Three Mo’ Tenors” and “Three Mo’ Divas.” Mr. Joubert is currently keyboardist and assistant conductor of the Tony winning Broadway show “Billy Elliot.” Joseph Joubert’s first solo CD “Total Praise – Classic Hymns for Piano” is released by GIA Publications.

Buryl Red and Joseph Joubert have together arranged/orchestrated most of the music for The CenturyMen over the past 10 years. Other major collaborations have resulted in a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations (“Violet,” winner of the New York Drama Critics award for Best Musical) and orchestrations for “Caroline or Change” (6 Tony nominations on Broadway and winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in London). Together with Michael McElroy they received a Grammy nomination as arrangers for their setting of “Joy to the World” from the Broadway Inspiration Voices CD “Great Joy.” Recently, they were co‐orchestrators of the feature film “Nights in Rodanthe,” starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere.

Charles Fuller, Associate Music Director, Choral Specialist of the CenturyMen, has conducted choral events throughout the southern half of the United States as well as in Europe and China. His former positions include choral and administrative duties at Ouachita Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University and West Texas State University as well as many churches throughout the southwest. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, he holds degrees in choral music from Arizona State University, West Texas State and Baylor; and he has had significant choral workshop experiences with Robert Shaw, Howard Swann, Frauke Hausemann, Lynn Whitten and Jim Woodward. Choirs under his direction have received multiple invitations to perform for the American Choral Directors Association, Alleluia Church Music Conference and The White House. He has served on working groups and boards for the International Federation for Choral Music, American Choral Directors Association, the MUSICA Project, and was a founding board member of ChoralNet, Inc.

Renay Peters Joubert, Guest Soloist, exemplifies today’s eclectically experienced vocal musician. She has sung in concert and on recordings with many diverse groups and artists including The Moses Hogan Chorale, The Boy’s Choir of Harlem, Opera Ebony, The New York Ragtime Orchestra, Patti Austin and Luther Vandross. As a lyric soprano, Ms. Peters has had starring roles in numerous opera productions including “Trouble in Tahiti” (Leonard Bernstein), “La Traviata” (Verdi), “Don Pasquale” (Donizetti), “The Impresario” (Mozart) and several world premiers of contemporary works. She appeared in the PBS special “Aida’s Brothers & Sisters: Black Voices in Opera.” Ms. Peters has sung before such notables as President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Canterbury. She first appeared as guest soloist with The CenturyMen on their concert tour of Brazil in 1999 and has participated in each of their tours since then. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, she is the wife of Joseph Joubert.

The CenturyMen concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For further information, please contact First Baptist Church at (865) 408-0110.

First Baptist Church of Tellico Village
205 Chota Road in Loudon, TN
(865) 408-0110

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