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Renowned teacher, performer appearing at St. Paul church

November 30, 2013


Nov. 30--Classical singer Jessica Bachicha Ewell is interested in beautiful music that touches people.

In many cases, the songs are simple, "but the simplicity gives it a depth," said the first-prize winner of Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition who will perform in Norwalk on Sunday.

You might recognize such music in the beloved carols you cherish each Christmas. But Bachicha also wishes to introduce you to lesser known carols in light of the writings of recent and current popes -- music such as excerpts from the New Mexican pastoral play "Las Posadasshe." Each year, she gives concerts dedicated to such carols.

"It's beautiful music that not many people have experienced," said Bachicha, whose husband, Jason, is a 1997 Norwalk High School graduate. The couple live in Pittsburgh.

His wife's performances blend narrative reflections with music.

"The purpose of them is to bring people into the Advent season by experiencing the music in new ways," Bachicha said.

This will mark the first time Bachicha will perform in Norwalk. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Catholic Church. There is no admission, although donations will be accepted. Her CD, "Christmas Presence" will be on sale for $15. The CD is also available on iTunes and

The program's title is "Scenes of Seeking and Finding: Experiencing Christian Hope Through the Music of Advent." The program's description is as follows: Come with us on an adventure of song and narrative that awakens the heart and mind to hope. What does Advent teach us about living and rejoicing in the hope and mystery of Christ's incarnation every day? Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe Salvi invite listeners to hear well-beloved and lesser-known Advent music on a deeper level and to experience transformation through its meaning."

Lawrence Goddard, director of music and liturgy at Church of the Incarnation in Rio Rancho, N.M., had this to day about Bachicha's performance: "With Ms. Bachicha's incredibly gorgeous and beautiful soprano voice and with her established popularity on the concert stage here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we are looking forward to future performances from this most exquisitely talented young concert artist here at our church."

Bachicha began taking voice lessons at age 12 and started singing professionally while in college. Bachicha, who is blind, also plays the piano, reads braille music, gives recitals and master classes.

Bachicha has taught voice in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She has taught as a guest artist at the University of New Mexico, and has given lectures on topics in music history and philosophy at New England Conservatory and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

In 2010, she presented her paper "Music: the Herald of Love" at a conference sponsored by the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project in collaboration with the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy.

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