Lunchtime Recital with the Halalisa Singers from Boston

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

Lunchtime Recital with the Halalisa Singers from Boston

Halalisa Singer, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities. Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music.

A talented group of thirty men and women, the Halalisa Singers are inspired by the belief that music is a universal language with the power to uplift and unite us all.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, this Lexington-based vocal ensemble is now in its twenty third year offering unique performances in the Boston area.

The Halalisa Singers have been featured performers at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Revels’ RiverSing, Winchester Multicultural Network, Lexington Symphony, Refugee Immigration Ministry’s Annual International Concert, Arlington’s Regent Theater Multicultural Concert, the Belmont International Film Festival and the ACDA’s “Urban Initiatives” Multicultural Concert. See


Halalisa Singers Ireland Tour Program

(works will be chosen from the list below)


I - Classical and Contemporary Works

"The Ground" Ola Gjeilo

"Jubilate Deo" Peter Anglea

"Sure On This Shining Night" Morten Lauridsen

II Music of Welcome and Hope

"Hope" Ysaye Barnwell

"We Are One" Brian Tate


III American Folksongs and Standards

"Down By The Riverside" Traditional Spiritual arr. Ryan O'Connell

"I Sing Because I'm Happy" Words by Civilla Martin,;Music by Charles Gabriel; arr. Rollo Dilworth

"Shenandoah" Trad., arr. Erb

Cynde Hartman, soloist

"Soon Ah Will Be Done" Trad., arr. Dawson

"Music Down in My Soul" Arr. Moses Hogan

"Over the Rainbow" Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; Muisc by Harold Arlen; Arr. Andy Beck


IV Songs from Around the World

"Ale Brider" (All Brothers) arr. Joshua Jacobson

"Abun D'bash'maiyo" (The Lord's Prayer) Traditional Syriac Hymn arr. Mark Templeton

"La Monja Blanca" ( The White Flower) Guatelmalan Folk Song arr. Christy Elsner

"O Sifuni Mungu" (All Creatures Of Our God and King" arr. Roger Emerson

"Three South African Songs" Arr. Steven Fisher


V. Songs for Fun

"Preab San Ol" Drinking Song arr. Peter Hill

"The Parting Glass" Traditonal Irish arr. Peter Hill



Mary Cunningham, Artistic Director

Trevor Berens, Piano


The Halalisa Singers:

  • Soprano (11)
  • Alice Leightheiser
  • Barbara Bennett
  • Celia Hinrichs
  • Christy Colburn
  • Jessica Berens
  • Kelsey Thompson
  • Kim Graylin
  • Kristen Kelley
  • Maya Bloom
  • Sarada Martell
  • Susan Fuller


Alto (9)

  • Alissa Danchig
  • Barbara Dwyer-Heidkamp
  • Carolyn Schneyer
  • Elise Rowley
  • Felicity Tuttle
  • Holly Lyne
  • Katharine Galaitsis
  • Milva McDonald
  • Nancy Stevenson


Tenor (5)

  • Jack Matson
  • Joshua Mackay-Smith
  • Peter Meltzer
  • Ron Efromson
  • Saul Bloom


Bass (7)

  • Bob Williams
  • Charles Hollander
  • David Anick
  • Gordon Harris
  • Michael Rowley
  • Terry Lockhart
  • Thom Bentley

Essential Information


Event Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8. 

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time: 1:30pm

Duration: 50 minutes

Concert is Free but the normal cathedral admission applies




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Our Location

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.

By BUS: Christchurch Place is on several bus routes, including 123, 13, 27, 40, 49, 77a and 77x - see for information.

By LUAS: Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street.

By TRAIN: Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly Rail Stations, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the cathedral.

By DART: Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station.

CAR PARKING: The nearest car park is Q-Park Christ Church, accessed from Werburgh Street, just across from the cathedral. It is a 24-hour car park.


GPS Coordinates & MAP

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 53.34351299999999, Longitude -6.271060199999965