Brooklyn Heights

Grace Church soloist to present benefit recital for refugee relief

Concert to Be Hosted at Diocesan Mercer School of Theology in Garden City

June 23, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jody Mullen. Photo credit: Jared Slater; J&J Photography NYC
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Jody Mullen, a soprano soloist at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, will offer a benefit concert this Sunday for world refugee support and relief. Her concert is part of a day of arts events in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, which involves icon writers from its parishes.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” will take place at 2 p.m. at the George Mercer Jr. School of Theology. A freewill offering will be used entirely to support the status of refugees fleeing poverty and violence, particularly those from Syria and North Africa.

The Mercer School has a strong connection with Grace Church, as well as other parishes in the diocese, as a center of training for deacons and for lay leaders, such as Eucharistic ministers and vestries. Mullen joined forces with the Mercer School and its dean, the Rev. Dr. John Patrick McGinty, to raise money for refugee relief for those fleeing war and poverty and trying to reach Europe.

Mullen has been the professional soprano soloist and section leader at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights under the direction of Paul Richard Olson since 2008.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the Ethel Stone LeFrak Prize in Music for her senior recital of American Songbook literature by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Loesser, Sondheim and others. She spent two seasons performing with the critically acclaimed NYC-based young artist program dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.

A reception will follow Sunday’s 2 p.m. concert. Later that evening will be the unveiling of Mercer’s exhibit of icons written by children and others of throughout the Diocese of Long Island.

The Mercer School of Theology is at 65 Fourth St., easily accessible by the LIRR’s Hempstead branch line. The school is to the rear and left of the Cathedral of the Incarnation.


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