Two recent performances at our church are now available on You Tube! The most recent was near Christmas 2013 at the Sundlay Service. In place of the usual solo, our Soloist and Organist harmonized on a medley of Christmas Carols. Here is the link:
The summer of 2013 Constantine and Jeff, in place of the usual solo, performed a duet with words from The Scientific Statement of Being (from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy) and the Holy Bible, I John 3:1-3.
Constantine Grame, Sunday Organist and Pianist, studied music with his father, Theodore Grame, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London. He is Artistic Director of the New Century Opera, Staff Pianist for Opera Tampa and Music Director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Players (Clearwater). In recent years he has served as stage and musical director for Mefistofele, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, La serva padrona, Orfeo ed Euridice, all four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Hansel and Gretel and Babes in Toyland. His edition of the original Herbert/MacDonough text of Babes in Toyland has been recognized as the most authoritative version available today, and Mr. Grame is currently preparing the first printed orchestral score and parts from the original manuscripts.
As Music Director he has directed Tosca; HMS Pinafore; Utopia Limited and many other works. As piano accompanist he has accompanied such distinguished artists as Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Stella Zambalis, Carole Cook and Enrico di Giuseppe.
He has appeared as tenor soloist in such works as Il barbiere di siviglia and The Mikado. He is an accompanist/voice coach and serves on the faculty of the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall). Mr. Grame's own opera, The Spoiler, premiered in Tarpon Springs in 2004 and was revived there in 2008.
He has been rehearsal pianist for several St Petersburg Opera productons and was in the orchestra for Into the Woods, Cosi fan Tutte and Samson and Delilah.
Jeff Lawrence, Soloist, began his singing career as a young man performing at the famed "Horn" in Santa Monica, CA where many talented musicians got their start. He and his wife Shirley had a singing act which highlighted the turn of the century and the sweetheart years of Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. Managed by the Robert Armour Agency, they were booked at every conceivable type of private club in California as they were raising their three children.
Jeff has served as Soloist at many Christian Science Churches including 44th Church, Los Angeles. CA; 10th Church, Los Angeles, CA; 5th Church, Hollywood, CA; 7th Church, Houston, TX and 2nd Church, Houston, TX where he later served as
Rena Massey, Wednesday Organist, is our Organist for both Wednesday Testimony Meetings held at 12 noon and at 7:30 p.m. each week. Rena is the accompanist for the Matinee Opera Players and the Florida Lyric Opera. On Sunday she is the organist for St James Methodist Church.