This Week At Ascension

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Frankfurter Friday This Week

Weather permitting, we’ll be out on the front lawn again this Friday. Grab a free hot dog and enjoy some relaxed conversation and games. Join us starting at 6pm Friday!

Summer Concert Series

Join us this Sunday for the third concert of the series featuring Kasper and the Friendly Ghosts . Read on for more details.

There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.

– Mickey Hart

Free Lunch and Show

The Church of the Ascension is proud to announce a series of four Free Concerts this summer. To warm up for the event, join us for a Free Lunch before the show!

The day will start with the 10:30am Church Service (but come to lunch and the concert even if you can’t make the service). Lunch will be served at noon, with the concerts lasting from 1 – 2pm.

Music was my refuge.

– Maya Angelou

Kasper & the Friendly Ghosts started in the neighborhoods of Lakewood and Rocky River when a demand for Dixieland and Narleans music was requested. I contacted 3 of the most ghostly characters I knew who liked the bounce of the old street-beat, and we started to jam. This has continued for the past 6 years, and not a moment of it goes by without a thought of my grandfather, who used to play Pete Fountain records for me. The Friendly Ghosts and I love this musical tradition and are grateful to continue it.

Davey “Gravy” Kasper, woodwinds (Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes and EWI) , has been privileged to play with the Temptations, Noel Gallagher, Al Martino, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Playing the role of “Jimmy Dorsey”), Tito Puente Jr., Either Orchestra and has opened up for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pancho Sanchez and Tony Bennett. Kasper grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and received his degree in music from Cleveland State University in the summer of 2006.

Active on the local music scene, Kasper enjoys teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute in Downtown Cleveland and the Suburbs. A journey man musician since his early teens, Kasper regularly plays with many groups in town including: Revolution Brass Band, Velvet Voyage, Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Eddie Brunswick and the Hot Rod Lincoln’s. He also plays special events and enjoys creative projects. Dave always looks forward to putting out new and original music! Keep up with new releases by visiting his website.

  • September 13th:
    The Baldwin Wallace Alumni Brass Collective

Other Concerts in the Series

Buck McDaniel

Performed July 12th

Originally from Columbia, Mississippi, Buck McDaniel is a composer based in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds the position of Organist & Choirmaster at St Andrew’s Church: an historic, Episcopal parish in the inner-city; Director of Music at St John’s, Ohio City: the oldest church in the city of Cleveland; and Assistant Organist at St John Nepomucene Parish in Cleveland’s historic Slavic Village neighborhood. Recent commissions include an arrangement of Nico Muhly’s Bright Mass with Canons for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Festival Chorus, and a new work for organist Todd Wilson (Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland) which was premiered at the 2014 Pipeworks Festival in Belfast, Ireland. Organist James McVinnie (Clare College, Cambridge) has performed his work, Three Voices, both in recital at Hereford Cathedral (UK) and as part of choral evensong at Lincoln Cathedral (UK). McDaniel studies composition at Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) with Andrew Rindfleisch and Gregory D’Alessio, organ with Todd Wilson, and privately in New York City with Timothy Andres.

Forest Park String Quartet

Performed June 14th

Evan Kleve, Kelsey Fischer (violins), Anna Risch (viola) and John Kokula (cello) are all members of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. They began performing together in 2014 as the Forest Park String Quartet. A diverse group, they offer a variety of musical styles and personalities. A Cleveland native who resides in Lakewood, Evan is a professional music teacher and performer. Kelsey began violin studies at the Music Settlement and now works with the Cuyahoga County Board of Development Disabilities. Anna is a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and works as a nonprofit administrator. John is a retired Cleveland Police officer and also performs professionally with the Black River String Quartet.

Free Lunch for Kids!

The Church of the Ascension is offering a free, nutritious lunch for school-age children (preschool through age 18). Lunch is served every day, Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 12:30pm. There is no need to pre-register, just come to the church with your kids. And don’t forget to tell a friend!

Lunch and Franks

Annual Summer Frankfurter Fridays

Come for the Food – Stay for the Fun!

Continuing our tradition of food, fellowship, and fun, Frankfurter Fridays returns this summer on the front lawn. Along with free hot dogs, there will be cornhole, frisbee, croquet, and various kids games.

The fun starts on June 12th at 6:00pm and will take place semi-monthly through September. See the Upcoming Events calendar for our next fun-filled Frankfurter Friday!

All are welcome to this free, on-going event.

Tragedy In Charleston

(They) will have died in vain if our heartache does not lead us to challenge the culture of violence…

As we continue to navigate our emotions and responses to the killings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Hollingsworth provides some guidance to our communal suffering in a letter to the diocese.


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