Edward Pleasant


2018

Year-Round Appearances: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant, Greenwich Public School, Westport Public Schools, Fairfield County Public Libraries, NYC Park Appearances

Info: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant

January 28, Sunday @ 3:00 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Info: War and Peace

Mr. Pleasant appears as guest artist in this concert titled "War and Peace" which will explore the power of music in times of great social upheaval. He will present a special segment on the Civil Rights Movement and the power of music to encourage and galvanize people to overcome social injustice in the face of power and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

January 22, Monday @ First United Methodist Church, New Canaan, Connecticut; Peekskill Middle School, Peekskill, NY

Pleasant lends his talents to various area observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and observances in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. Pleasant appears as a soloist and he also conducts Hallel B'Shir, the adult choir of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester during the observances.

February 24, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m., National Philharmonic and Chorale, The Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland

Info: Porgy and Bess at Strathmore

Mr. Pleasant returns to the amazing Strathmore Theater and the National Philharmonic and Chorale to reprise the role of Jake in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He joins colleagues Kevin Deas (Porgy), Marlissa Hudson (Bess), Michael Redding (Crown), Chauncey Packer (Sportin' Life) and Aundi Moor (Serena) in bringing this American treasure to life in concert.

From the National Philharmonic website: Groundbreaking, daring, adventurous, genre defying! Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is a work without peer in the history of American music. Described by the composer himself as a folk opera Porgy and Bess features an array of spirituals, folk songs and such classics as "Summertime". Since its premiere, with an all African-American cast of classically trained singers, the opera has become a potent symbol of race relations in American, and a work that forever changed the boundaries of opera.

December 2, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road, Stamford, Connecticut

Info:stamfordchurch.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Join Mr. Pleasant as he hosts "The Annual Acappella Christmas Carol Sing-Along" He promises to bring out the singer in you as he presents this holiday gift to the community.

December 9, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., The Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road, 9500 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia

Info:www.3chopt.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Mr. Pleasant becomes "Eddie Claus" as he brings his acappella magic into the Heart of Dixie for the fifteenth year! The "Holiday Sing-Along" is sponsored by the members of the church of Christ at Three Chopt Road who open up their doors and hearts to the Richmond community. Join us as we help make the season bright through song! This is a free event.


2017


Year-Round Appearance: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant, Greenwich Public School, Westport Public Schools, Fairfield County Public Libraries, NYC Park Appearances

Info: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant

Mr. Pleasant (aka "Mr. Eddie") will again be thrilling young audiences with his narrations and storytelling as he performs with the Storytime Quartet. Visit the website to see the exciting and innovative programs they offer. Mr. Eddie will leave audiences begging for more as he and the quartet strive to make music and literature come alive!

January 15, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m., St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull, Connecticut

Info: Illumination

Mr. Pleasant is bass soloist with the Connecticut Chamber Choir, Constance Chase, Artistic Director, who will present Illumination: Early Cantatas of J.S. Bach. He is pleased to join esteemed colleagues The Sebastians, early music consort, and fellow soloists Louise Fauteux, soprano, Sarah Kraus, mezzo-soprano and David Vanderwal.

January 16, Monday @ First United Methodist Church, New Canaan, Connecticut; Peekskill Middle School, Peekskill, NY

Pleasant lends his talents to various area observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and observances in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. Pleasant appears as a soloist and he also conducts Hallel B'Shir, the adult choir of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester during the observances.

March 7 - 9, Boca Raton Resort and Spa; Boca Raton, Florida

Mr. Pleasant appears as emcee for Forevermark US during their annual Forevermark Forum. A Forevermark diamond is Mr. Pleasant's diamond of choice. Forevermark diamonds are known for their beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing.


March 26, Sunday @ 3:00 p.m., JCC Manhattan, 76th Street & Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York

Mr. Pleasant appears in a recital in observance of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Harry T. Burleigh.
Info: Harmonie Ensemble New York The program will feature the music composed by Burleigh and Dvorak. Mr. Pleasant appears with Lincoln Mayorga, piano, and Kurt Kikkanen, Concertmaster, NYC Ballet. The recital is produced by Conductor Steven Richman.

March 28, Wednesday,@ 7:00, Richard's, 359 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, Connecticut

Mr. Pleasant joins his friends conductor Paul Mueller and the Greenwich Choral Society in this exclusive Greenwich landmark on "The Avenue", Richard's. He takes over the store, singing songs to "Swing into Spring" and to raise funds for the Greenwich Choral Society's Scholarship Fund and other community initiatives. Fabulous items will be auctioned with food and drink for all! It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing!

Info: GCS Swing Into Spring

April 22, Saturday, Greenwich Country Club, Greenwich, Connecticut

Mr. Pleasant entertains guests at the spring gala for the Greenwich Symphony's fundraising event "Symphony Swing". He is pleased to support this fine performing arts organization which brings so much enrichment to the community and especially to the youth of the community.

May 6, Saturday, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson, New York

The Temple Israel community celebrates Mr. Pleasant and his contributions of music. This gala fundraiser includes a recital performed by Mr. Pleasant and his esteemed colleagues Cantor Devorah Avery of Temple Shalom, Dallas, Texas and Cantor Benjamyn Ellerin of Temple Israel. He is accompanied by the TINW Trio conducted by Ms. Sari Goetz, featuring Bob Meyer, percussion and Steve Wexler, bass. He will be accompanied by pianist/composer Ms. Dina Pruzhansky.

September 19 - 20, 29 - 30, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-On-Hudson, New York

Mr. Pleasant conducts Hallel B'Shir, the adult choir of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances.

November marks the anticipated release of Black Manhattan III on New World Records. Joining forces once again with Rick Benjamin and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Mr. Pleasant appears on the final installation of the music of the early 20th century contributed by African-American composers or lyricists.

November 12, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Avenue, Midland, Texas

Info: LHS ENCORE

Mr. Pleasant goes home to join his friends, colleagues and fellow alums of the Robert E. Lee High School choral program in an amazing alumni concert. The name of the group is ENCORE. He is this year's Artist in Residence and he will be a featured soloist in this concert conducted by Paula T. Edwards, noted conductor and clinician who served as Director of Choral Activities at Robert E. Lee High School for 25 years before retiring. Noted alums of this program include Joe Dan Harper, Louretta Bybee, Deborah Patchell and Susan Graham.

December 3, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road, Stamford, Connecticut

Info:stamfordchurch.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Join Mr. Pleasant as he hosts "The Annual Acappella Christmas Carol Sing-Along" He promises to bring out the singer in you!

December 10, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., The Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road, 9500 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia

Info:www.3chopt.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Mr. Pleasant becomes "Eddie Claus" as he brings his acappella magic into the Heart of Dixie for the fourteenth year! The "Holiday Sing-Along" is sponsored by the members of the church of Christ at Three Chopt Road who open up their doors and hearts to the Richmond community. Join us as we help make the season bright through song! This is a free event.

2016


Year-Round Appearances: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant, Greenwich Public School, Westport Public Schools, Fairfield County Public Libraries, NYC Park Appearances

Info: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant

Mr. Pleasant (aka "Mr. Eddie") will again be thrilling young audiences with his narrations and storytelling as he performs with the Storytime Quartet. Visit the website to see the exciting and innovative programs they offer. Mr. Eddie will leave audiences begging for more as he and the quartet strive to make music and literature come alive!


January 17 - 18, Sunday, Monday @ Westport County Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut; First United Methodist Church, New Canaan, Connecticut; Peekskill Middle School, Peekskill, NY

Pleasant lends his talents to various area observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and observances in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. Pleasant appears as a soloist and he also conducts Hallel B'Shir, the adult choir of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester during the observances.

February 8, Monday @ 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Paul, 134 West 7th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania and February 13, Saturday @ 7:30 p.m., Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 West 10th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania

Info:The Legacy of Harry T. Burleigh
Info:Deep River: The Music of Burleigh and Dvorak
Brochure:February 2016

Mr. Pleasant returns to Erie, Pennsylvania to appear with the Erie Chamber Orchestra singing in recital, community outreach and concert. He will be performing the music of Harry Burleigh. He is thrlled to perform Dvorak's Hiawatha Melodrama in a multi-media presentaiton of music, spoken word and images.

March 3, Thursday, Hamilton Avenue School, Greenwich, Connecticut

Mr. Pleasant presents re-scheduled program for Black History Month to the students of the Hamilton Avenue School. He will narrate Myron Uhlberg's book "Dad, Jackie and Me" and sing Negro Spirituals at various points in the story.

April 4 - 7, Biltmore Arizona Resort; Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Pleasant will appear as emcee for Forevermark US during their annual Forevermark Forum. The forum is expected to draw over 500 Forevermark retail partners. A Forevermark diamond is Mr. Pleasant's diamond of choice. Forevermark diamonds are known for their beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing.

April 23, Saturday, Midland Country Club, Midland, Texas

Mr. Pleasant in a gala/fundraiser for Midland/Odessa Area Aids Support (MAAS). This evening's theme "Night of the Masquerade" will include dinner and dancing featuring the stylings of Mr. Pleasant.

May 14, Saturday, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-On-Hudson, New York

Mr. Pleasant teams up with friend and colleague Cantor Benjamyn Ellerin as they pay homage to Rabbi Jennifer Jaech during a gala/fundraiser celebrating the Rabbi's tenth anniversary. The gala/fundraiser is to benefit Temple Israel and its various social and spiritual programs.

October 1, Saturday, @ 7:30 p.m., Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk, Connecticut

Music on the Hill opens its Fall 2016 concert season with a new work of African-American spirituals by artistic director Ellen Dickinson. Threads of Light weaves together over 30 spirituals in three movements -- Hope, Journey, Glory -- connected by poetry by African-American poets read by special guests.

The concert will feature soloists Harriett Alfred, soprano, and Edward Pleasant, bass, performing with the Music on the Hill Festival Chorus and the Special Projects Choir of the Unitarian Church in Westport, accompanied by trumpet, upright bass, and bells. Ms. Dickinson will conduct.

December 4, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road, Stamford, Connecticut

Info:stamfordchurch.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Join Mr. Pleasant as he hosts "The Annual Acappella Christmas Carol Sing-Along" He promises to bring out the singer in you!

December 11, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., The Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road, 9500 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia

Info:www.3chopt.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Mr. Pleasant becomes "Eddie Claus" as he brings his acappella magic into the Heart of Dixie for the thirteenth year! The "Holiday Sing-Along" is sponsored by the members of the church of Christ at Three Chopt Road who open up their doors and hearts to the Richmond community. Join us as we help make the season bright through song! This is a free event.


2015


January 11, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church, Trumbull, Connecicut

Info:Connecticut Chamber Choir

Mr. Pleasant will appear as the bass soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Connecticut Chamber Choir. He is pleased to make his debut with this fine ensemble conducted by artisitc director Ms. Constance Chase.

April 2 through May 21, Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant, Greenwich Public School, Westport Public Schools, Fairfield County, Connecicut

Info: Storytime Quartet with Eddie Pleasant

Mr. Pleasant (aka "Mr. Eddie") will again be thrilling young audiences with his narrations and storytelling as he performs with the Storytime Quartet. Visit the website to see the exciting and innovative programs they offer. Mr. Eddie will leave audiences begging for more as he and the quartet strive to make music and literature come alive!

May 2, Saturday, @ 8:00 p.m., The Regina Quick Center for the Performing Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecicut

Info: Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut

Mr. Pleasant will appear as the bass soloist in Carl Orff's thrilling Carmina Burana with the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut. This concert is in conjunction with the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut's 30th Anniversary of providing fine choral experiences in Fairfield County and all over the world.

June 19 - 20 Recording of Irving Berlin Songs for New World Records, The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City

Mr. Pleasant returns to the recording studio to record the music of one of the greatest composers of the Great American Songbook, Mr. Irving Berlin. Mr. Pleasant joins forces with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, conducted by Rick Benjamin. The project for New World Records is due for release in January 2016. Stay tuned!

July 30, Thursday, @ 8:00 p.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, Connecticut

Mr. Pleasant makes his debut with Music on the Hill during their 13 Annual Summer Series. He will be performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in three cantatas.

August 29, Saturday, @ 7:00 p.m., The Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland, Texas

Info: Standing Ovation

Mr. Pleasant will appear with colleagues Susan Graham, Luretta Bybee, Fred Greene, Joe Dan Harper, Joneva Kaylen, Debra Patchell, Kip Wilborn, David Corman, Kimberly Corman Wilson and others, celebrating the acheivements of singers who happen to be from or live in the Permian Basin of west Texas. It will be a night of celebrating fine music and fine singing from world class products of this amazing region. It will be an unforgetable evening!

December 6, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road, Stamford, Connecticut

Info:stamfordchurch.com
Flyer:Sing-Along

Join Mr. Pleasant as he hosts "The Annual Acappella Christmas Carol Sing-Along" He promises to bring out the singer in you!

December 13, Sunday @ 6:00 p.m., The Church of Christ at Three Chopt Road, 9500 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia

Info:www.3chopt.org
Flyer:Sing-Along

Mr. Pleasant becomes "Eddie Claus" as he brings his acappella magic into the Heart of Dixie for the thirteenth year! The "Holiday Sing-Along" is sponsored by the members of the church of Christ at Three Chopt Road who open up their doors and hearts to the Richmond community. Join us as we help make the season bright through song! This is a free event.





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