UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH presents Soul of Pulchritude: A Night with Stephen Salters a one night only Benefit Boston concert from an internationally renowned baritone. Stephen Salters and Randolph Fuller are proud to partner with Union United Methodist Church for their "Called to Serve" Campaign! The updated program will be as follows:

Emancipation Freedom Expression

Lord How Come Me Here Sylvia Olden Lee

Le Travail du Peintre (Eluard) Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Pablo Picasso

Marc Chagall

Georges Braque

Juan Gris

Paul Lee

Joan Miró

Jacques Villon

Americana Vol. I (2005) Michael Ching (b. 1958)

Turkey in the Straw

Wayfaring Stranger

Father Grumble


When the Saints Go Marching In


Canciones e y Canções

Xangô arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Estrela é lua nova arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos

Canción de cuna para dormir Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)

Canto Negro Xavier Montsalvatge

La Rosa y el sauce Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000)

El Vito arr. Fernando Obradors (1897-1945)

Songs of a Time Gone By

Begin the Beguine from Jubilee Cole Porter (1891-1964)

Bidin' My Time from Girl Crazy George Gershwin (1898-1937)

I Got Rhythm from Crazy For You George Gershwin

Embraceable You from Girl Crazy George Gershwin

Blow Gabriel Blow from Anything Goes Cole Porter

***All translations by Stephen Salters

The concert is performed on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT at the Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118. Tickets can be purchased from The Box Office by phone call Union United Methodist Church at 617-536-0872 or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-of-pulchritude-a-night-with-stephen-salters-tickets-28251426778. The concert is being sung in English.

This production is made possible through the generosity of Randolph Fuller.


Reception to precede concert at 6:30 PM. All A-Level tickets include a reception ticket. All other reception tickets are first-come first-served.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is limited parking directly around Union United Methodist. However, there will be a free shuttle from the Renaissance Garage, located at 835 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120. Parking is $8 for the night if you arrive after 6 PM.


Press ticket requests can be made to Julia Noulin-Merat at Julia@noulinmerat.com or Amber Youhouse amber.youhouse@unionboston.org


No one should go to bed hungry. No child should grow up without dreams. No elder should feel forgotten and alone. Sadly, across our city, many do. Union is taking the steps to be a part of the solution.

Union's "Called to Serve" Campaign will faciliate the creation of a commercial grade kitchen, which will be used by Saturday'sand Sunday's Bread, an organization that provides restaurant quality meals for the city's hungry at no charge. The Campaign will also enable Union to create a community center within the church to provide a much needed space for the people of the South End to gather and utilize for the new Education Training Room, Food Pantry, and Community Lounge. Finally, the Campaign will allow Union to make much needed renovations to its historic building, which has been a hallmark of the South End community for almost 200 years.


Stephen Salters' passionate and impeccably articulated performances of a wide range of repertoire have won him acclaim throughout Europe, the UK, Asia, and the United States. Stephen Salters's just having most recently made his New York Philharmonic debut has had some exciting performances of late including: the Chicago Symphony at The Ravinia Festival; Vancouver (Orchestra); and in 2 of Boston's Odyssey Opera's productions 1) the monumental work of Richard Wagner entitled Rienzi and 2) most recently Sir William Walton's The Bear. Other highlights these past seasons include orchestra concerts for children in Monaco with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem written for Mr. Salters by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of the famed Sweet Honey in the Rock, the world premiere of Dan Sonenberg's The Summer King as the lead baseball player Josh Gibson, as well as Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy.

This consummate artist has worked with leading conductors including James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Bobby McFerring, Nicholas McGegan, Keith Lockhart, Ivor Bolton, Will Crutchfield,Armin Jordan, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, Hugh Wollf, Jane Glover, Julian, Wachner, Ronald Zollman...

On the opera stage with over 40 roles her excels equally in contemporary works and standard repertory. In oratorio, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus, the requiems of Britten, Brahms, Faure...Her received superlative praise in the role of the MInotaur in the world premiere of Philippe Fenelon's Les Rois for Opera National in Bordeaux, and has been acclaimed in roles of Shostakovich's The Nose (Kovalyov); Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Gluck's Alceste (Hercules); Mozart (Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte); Donizetti (Malatestsa/Don Pasquale); Belcore/L'Elisir d'Amore; Handel (Melisso/Alcina and Achilla/Guilio Cesare); Leoncavallo (Silvio/I Pagaliacci); and as Captain Balstrode in Britten's Peter Grimes at Tanglewood on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the piece's American premiere.

Pianist Linda Osborn has performed extensively across the United States and in Europe as both a chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Her partnership has been recognized as "thoroughly satisfying, colorful and supportive" by the Los Angeles Times, with "an impressive ability to speak powerfully in both the softest and the loudest extremes of the piano's dynamic spectrum" by the Washington Post. She has performed in many internationally-recognized venues throughout the past decade including the Salle Garnier in Monte Carlo, The American Repertory Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Bargemusic, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, St. John's College in Cambridge, England, the Grand' Place in Ath and the Stadsschouwburg a Brugges in Belgium, and music festivals in both Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, Spain.

Ms. Osborn serves as Artistic Administrator and Company Pianist for Odyssey Opera and as Principal Pianist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, named Musical America's Ensemble of the Year for 2016. She has also performed with Discovery Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Boston Classical Orchestra. She has premiered works for The New Gallery Concert Series, WordSong, Florestan Recital Project, and Composers in Red Sneakers. Her most recent recording is a 2016 release of the complete songs of Virgil Thomson with the Florestan Recital Project on New World Records.


Union is a progressive, multicultural faith community in Boston with a 200-year history and commitment to Christian love, social justice, and radical hospitality. Union began in 1796 with a group of worshippers who eventually found their way into the segregated Bromfield Street Methodist Episcopal Church on Beacon Hill. In 1818, Black members petitioned for Samuel Snowden to become the first Black pastor in the New England Conference and created the May Street Church, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The May Street Church, which became the Revere Street Church, faced significant discrimination in the Methodist Episcopal Church until 1904 when the congregation lost their building due to disrepair.

The congregation held on and became the Fourth Methodist Church in 1910 and then moved to our current address in 1949. Union has hosted movers and shakers for decades, including Mary McLeod Bethune, Duke Ellington, opera singer Shirley Verette, and the NAACP meeting that voted to pursue Brown vs. Board of Education. Union is proud to have been a part of the Underground Railroad, the creation of the South End's Cooper Community Center in the 1920's, the Civil Rights movement, the South End's Meth union housing complex in the 1970's, and recently in the fight for LGBT rights and inclusion. Union has been a cornerstone of the community for the past 2 centuries, and will continue to be in the next two.

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