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Sacred Jazz singer, Dawn Holt Lauber, releases her third solo recording, JOY, a collection of original compositions, with influences of jazz and gospel, bluegrass, hymns, and spirituals. JOY follows EVERLASTING ( jazz hymns and spirituals), and HEAVENLY (American jazz standards). All three recordings feature Chicago’s finest jazz musicians.
Hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "exquisite" for the world premiere performance of William Russo’s 'Jubilatem', with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Lauber also performed with the CJE on Russo’s 'Chicago Suite 2', and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. She shares jazz music for many initiatives of compassion, mercy, and justice - including for World Vision, Jimmy Carter Foundation, and World Bicycle Relief. Lauber's commitment to excellence in sacred jazz shines through the music.
She first performed Ellington’s 'Sacred Concerts' as a regular soloist with The Riverside Church of New York City, which ignited an interest in jazz, both secular and what has come to be known as sacred jazz, or even church jazz. Moving from New York to Chicago, Lauber became acquainted with Dave Brubeck's sacred music through her work at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church - including a performance there with Brubeck. This led her to Andy Tecson's ensemble, Churchjazz, with whom she regularly performs in concerts and worship services, and the annual performances of 'The Jazz Nativity' and 'The Jazz Passion'.
A classically trained soprano with an MM in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music, Lauber is also a featured soloist in many oratorio and concert settings - including the recent Midwest premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian 200, with the DuPage Chorale and Orchestra, for The Chicago Humanities Festival in "Noyes Fludde", with conductor John Nelson at Wheaton College in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and in Handel’s Messiah with the Elmhurst Chorale and Orchestra, among other ensembles. With the The Riverside Church, Lauber performed Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Faure’s Requiem, and Kodaly’s Missa Brevis featuring the Jose Limon Dance Troupe, among other standards of the classical sacred repertoire.