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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Communication Campaign Easter special to air on ABC-TV

the Catholic Communication Campaign

(From the March 22, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

The celebration of Easter will take on a distinctively modern tone this year when ABC-TV stations broadcast Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck on Easter Sunday morning, April 15.

Spokane’s ABC-TV affiliate, KXLY-4, will carry the program from 10-11 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning.

This hour-long liturgical special, produced by Oblate Media for the Catholic Communication Campaign, features the jazz legend performing selections from his 1979 composition for the Mass, titled To Hope.

Brubeck will be accompanied by two cantors who will sing additional selections.

Taped on location at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, Calif., Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck expresses the joy inspired by Christ’s Resurrection through a blend of jazz and classical music, sacred text, and Brubeck’s signature use of complex rhythms and polytonality.

These sounds will be complemented with a mosaic of images from Holy Week ceremonies experienced in parishes in St. Louis, San Jose, and Washington, D.C.

Brubeck is equally distinguished as composer and pianist. Studies at the College of the Pacific and at Mills College led to his founding, with fellow students, of the experimental Jazz Workshop Ensemble which recorded in 1949 as the Dave Brubeck Octet.

In addition to the Mass, Brubeck has written and, in some cases, recorded, several large-scale works including two ballets, a musical, an oratorio, four cantatas, works for jazz combo and orchestra, and many solo piano pieces.

“With the combination of Dave Brubeck’s incredible music and moving Holy Week observances taped in several beautiful Churches, Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck promises to be a jubilant and sacred experience for viewers nationwide,” said CCC Executive Producer Ellen McCloskey.

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