Music at First Unity — March 2022
Join us for First Unity’s special Sunday service music for the month of March 2022, featuring performances by leading members of the St. Louis musical community. March’s schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Zoe Vonder Haar, vocals with Carolbeth True, piano
Zoe Vonder Haar is one of St. Louis’ most acclaimed musical theater performers, with nationally touring roles and awards for her work at Stages St. Louis, The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and The Muny to her credit. Ms. Vonder Haar was in the original cast of A Chorus Line on Broadway from 1976-1983.
Carolbeth True is perhaps the most significant St. Louis jazz pianist of the past 30 years. Ms. True was cited by the Arts and Education Council for “Excellence In The Arts.”
Scott Alberici, clarinet with Steve Schenkel, guitar
Scott Alberici is one of America’s finest clarinet virtuosos. Known for his superbly rich and warm tone, lyrical phrasing, and command of the American songbook, Mr. Alberici has developed a personal style that is instantly recognizable. His rare ability to capture the moment with subtlety of expression mixed with brilliant and melodic improvisations will keep the listener on the edge of their seat from the drop of the downbeat to the end of the performance.
Steve Schenkel is the guitarist and orchestra manager for the Fox Theater, guitarist for the Muny Opera and the St. Louis Symphony, and a freelance jazz musician. He recently retired after 37 years at Webster University, where he founded the Jazz Studies program, the Webster Jazz Concert Series, and the Jazz Studies/Music Technology program. Steve serves as the Music Director of First Unity Church of St. Louis.
Brian Clarke, vocals and guitar
Brian Clarke is perhaps the most beloved New Thought musician in St. Louis. He is most recently the recipient of the St. Louis Magazine “A-List” Award as Best Vocalist and Best Musician.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Anita Jackson, vocals with Steve Schenkel, guitar
Anita Jackson is native of St. Louis, Missouri who returned home after living in New York City for twelve years. She is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York and has performed extensively nationally and internationally in theater productions, concerts and workshops.
She has recorded and performed as a background vocalist for such artists as Bette Midler on (her Grammy Award winning song for Song of the Year in 1991) “From a Distance”, Patti Austin on “I Can Move this Mountain”, Mariah Carey on “Anytime You Need a Friend”, recording artists Chico DeBarge, Joe, Erykah Badu and most notably Cissy and Whitney Houston. She is a vocalist on Cissy Houston’s Grammy award winning “Face to Face” album, as well as her 1997 Grammy award winning “He Leadeth Me” album.
Steve Schenkel is the guitarist and orchestra manager for the Fox Theater, guitarist for the Muny Opera and the St. Louis Symphony, and a freelance jazz musician. He recently retired after 37 years at Webster University, where he founded the Jazz Studies program, the Webster Jazz Concert Series, and the Jazz Studies/Music Technology program. Steve now serves as the Music Director for First Unity Church of St. Louis.